Stampede continue fine form

Otago's two national ice hockey league teams had mixed fortunes at the weekend.

The Stampede edged the West Auckland Admirals 6-5 in Queenstown to record their fourth consecutive win to start the season, while the Dunedin Thunder were dispatched 6-1 by the Botany Swarm in Auckland in their opening game of the campaign.

The Stampede led 6-3 partway through the third period but the visitors banged in two late goals to close the margin.

Dylan Devlin scored a brace of goals and made an assist for the Stampede, while Jordan Challis, Lachlan Frear, Stefan Amston and Nolan Ross also got on the score sheet.

The Stampede won in a penalty shootout against the same opponent on Friday night.

The Admirals led 2-0 after the first period and maintained a 3-2 lead going into the final third. But Jordan Challis slotted an equaliser in the final minute.

Neither side could find the back on the net in overtime and it took a penalty shootout to get a winner.

The Thunder let in two goals in each period but had one moment of joy when Jack Lewis netted early in the third quarter.

The team played again last night. The Thunder trailed 4-0 after the first period.