Southern Stampede savaged rivals Dunedin Thunder 12-2 as they continue to dominate the national ice hockey league.
The Queenstown-based ice hockey team followed up Friday night’s mauling with a 5-2 victory on Saturday – making it eight wins from eight games in the 2015 season.
Friday’ victory was a true team performance with nine different scorers, including a double for captain Bert Haines and Cam White’s first Stampede goal.
Assistant captain Callum Burns also weighed in with a brace, as did import Greg Collins.
Stalwart Mike McRae put six assists on the board, to go with his single goal.
Coach Adam Blanchette says: “`It was just one of those nights where everything went our way.
“`We’ve got a lot of talent on our team and it came together.”
Stampede were 6-1 up by the end of the first period.
“It’s great when we can perform like that - it allows us to stretch our bench out and get everyone on the ice.
“`We’ve had a lot of guys step up this season.'”
Stampede are enjoying their best start to a season, with defender Blanchette stepping off the ice to take up a coaching roll.
“It’s always tough not being able to play but it’s a great privilege to be involved with the game,'” Blanchette says.
“The guys have made it easy for me.
“`We’re really just trying to stay focused on the next game because a winning streak’s only as good as your last game.
“There’s half a season to go so we can’t be complacent.'”
Stampede have a bye this weekend before travelling to Christchurch to face three-time champions Canterbury Red Devils, whom they beat twice in Queenstown two weeks ago.
Christchurch is traditionally the biggest test of the season.
“It’s a heated little rivalry,” Blanchette says. “They’re three-times champs, they’re where we want to be.”