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Junior hockey: Casey Leads the Way as Spirit Stay Perfect at Home

In an afternoon where the Moultonborough fan club was in attendance, local Spirit player Tim Casey didn't disappoint. The New Hampshire Fighting Spirit were able to defeat the East Coast Minutemen 5-0 and Casey was a factor in 4 of the 5 goals. Outshooting their opponents by a margin of 66-13, the Spirit were in total control of the contest. Newcomer Ryan Dunfield got his first goal of the season as he took a feed from Casey and wired home a shot just under the crossbar 5 minutes in. Minutemen goalie Aidan Critchlow turned away 61 of the 66 shots he faced and was the main factor in keeping the game close. Casey was able to net back to back goals in the second, one while the Spirit were shorthanded to increase the lead to 3-0. Nick Pino added another as he chipped home a pass from teammate Andrew Gass before the second period ended. Fellow Moultonborough native Simon Campbell also netted his first of the season as he poked home a rebound 43 seconds into the third to increase the margin to 5-0. Australia native Charlie Smart made his first start of the season and was perfect as he turned away all 13 shots he faced. "We were happy with the effort our guys put forth this afternoon. Anytime you face a team like the Minutemen you have to be able to play your game, they have a few players that can make stuff happen and if you aren't at your best they can sneak up on you", said associate head coach Ben Tefft. "This is a crucial point in our season as we face off against the Minutemen two more times before we head into Thanksgiving break. We need to be at our best for these next two games and continue the progress we have made thus far."

The Fighting Spirit host the Minutemen again on Wednesday November 19 at the Laconia Ice Arena. Warm up begins at 6:15 with game time starting at 6:45 p.m. For up to date stats and schedule visit the Fighting Spirit website at www.fightingspirithockey.com

Last Updated on Monday, 17 November 2014 09:11

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Junior hockey: Wolves have 2 home games this week

The MJHL New England Wolves, a new junior hockey team playing out of the Laconia Ice Arena, will host two home games this upcoming week. Currently sitting in 3rd place, the Wolves look to gain four valuable points against their northern division rivals.
On Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. at the Laconia Ice Arena the Wolves will play host to the Northern Cyclones. Always an exciting matchup, each contest they have faced one another this season has been decided by 1 goal. Following the midweek contest, on Saturday at 4:45 p.m., the Wolves will host the Boston Bandits, last year's MJHL champion.
For all home games this week, all kids under age 14 are encouraged the "Paint the Rink Red", and wear either their Lakes Region Lakers away game Jerseys or any other red top. In doing so, all kids will receive free Wolves "Fangs", and have the opportunity to meet the team in the locker room after the game.
Congratulations to Madison, N.H.'s Dillon Smith, who was awarded 3rd Star Player of the Week by the MJHL last week. Additionally, coach Trimble who like to recognize the Wolves' sponsors; the Water Street Café, Jill Baron Illustration, Ztending Goalie Schools, Emily Clement Life Coach, Swift Cleaning and the Laconia Ice Arena.
For more information, visit- www.americanhockeyinstitute.com or www.scoringconcepts.com .

Last Updated on Monday, 17 November 2014 09:04

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GIlford football's postseason run ends in Newport

Gilford headed to Newport on Saturday for the second time this season and came home with the same result, a loss. The Golden Eagles fell to Newport 38-22 in the DIII North Conference finals, ending the season 8-2. Penalties hurt Gilford throughout the game but were especially painful when flags caused two touchdowns to be called back. The Golden Eagles committed 13 penalties for 122 yards total, five of which were personal fouls.
Senior Max Troiano led the offense with 148 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown. Junior quarterback Carter Mercer threw for 242 yards on 15 completions with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Both of the Golden Eagle losses this year came in Newport. Gilford had the second seed in the North Conference with a 7-1 record. The Golden Eagles advanced to the conference championship game by beating Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough 28-13 the week prior. The Lakers had knocked Gilford out in the first round of the postseason last year.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 November 2014 09:02

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Gilford JV boys cap undefeated season with tournament win

The Gilford High School junior varsity boys' soccer team achieved an undefeated season with a record of 13-0-1. 14 players scored goals with Codi Sanborn leading the group with 18 goals and 4 assists. Ethan Warren recorded 9 shutouts and was outstanding in goal all season. With a total team effort Gilford scored 59 goals and only allowed 6.
Gilford topped off the season by winning the inaugural Lakes Region JV Soccer Challenge Tournament at Moultonborough Academy. With 2 ties and one win Gilford made it into the semis, defeating Moultonborough 2:1 and in the finals Kingswood 2:1.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 November 2014 08:58

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