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Bulldogs pepper Wolfpack for 5-1 win

LACONIA — Belmont-Gilford opened the 2014-15 season with a 5-1 victory over rink rival Laconia-Winnisquam on Wednesday night. The Bulldogs were led by Harrison Parent who notched a hat trick in his high school debut. "He is a work horse," said head coach Jay Londer about Parent. "He works hard day in and day out. He really knows how to battle."

The Bulldogs opened the scoring 11 minutes into the first on Parent's fist tally of the night. The freshman forward received a pass from behind the net and slipped it into the right side of the net.

The Bulldogs scored a pair in the second period and two more in the third. Dylan Treamer and Ethan Becker also scored for B-G.

Wolfpack goalie, Brayden Harriman, stopped 54 shots in the contest. "Without him the score might have been 15-0," head coach T.J. Galligan said of Harriman. "I can't say enough about him. He keeps us in many games."

Laconia-Winnisquam's Jordan Audet found the back of the net late in the third to break up the shutout. "We had a good showing tonight," added Galligan. "We had six freshmen tonight and they gained a ton of experience in this opener. They need to get used to the speed at this level and I am confident they will adjust fine."

Both teams will be in action on Saturday. The Bulldogs head to Con-Val and the Wolfpack will host DIII newcomer Sanborn at the Laconia Ice Arena at 6:30.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 07:59

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Junior hockey — Spirit take down Stars

The New Hampshire Fighting Spirit closed out their first half of the season with a 4-2 victory over the New England Stars Saturday night at the Laconia Ice Arena. With the win the Spirit improve to 19-3 on the season and have a 10 point cushion over second place New England in the Eastern Conference standings.

The Spirit traveled to Tyngsboro, Mass. on Friday night to take on the Stars and were able to squeak out a 4-3 win in a shoot out. The Spirit had a 3-0 lead heading into the third when the Stars came roaring back with three unanswered to tie the game. Spirit captain Josh Crane scored the shoot out winner beating the Stars goalie low glove side. Goals came from Peddle, Heffernan, and Crane during regulation. Spirit goalie Claes Endre got his 8th win of the season and turned away 23 of the 26 shots he faced.

Saturday night's game nearly followed suit as the Spirit again found themselves leading at the start of the third period, this time by a margin of 2-0. The Stars once again roared back and tied the score midway through the period. Spirit forward Brett Bittner found some open space and sprung free to net the game winning goal at the 3:52 mark on the power play. David Fish added an empty net goal for his third point of the night and seal the deal on a 4-2 Spirit victory. Spirit goalie Adam Higdon grabbed his 10th win of the season as he turned away 21 of the 23 shots he faced.

The Spirit will now head into a three week break for the holiday season. Upon their return the Spirit will host the East Coast Minutemen for their first game of the second half. 

For up to date information on the Spirit and their schedule please visit their website at www.fightingspirithockey.com

Last Updated on Monday, 15 December 2014 08:55

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Junior hockey — Wolves collect 3 wins at Holiday Showcase

The New England Wolves hockey team, battling for 1st place in the tightly contested Francis Division of the MJHL won 3 games over the weekend against Southern Conference Opponents at the Hudson, N.H. Holiday Showcase.
First came Friday afternoon's 3-2 victory over the previously 14 win and 3 loss New York Applecore. Wolves Captain Dillon Smith (Madison, N.H.) was the star with 2 goals and 1 assist, along with netminder Harley Eliason (Glasgow, Mont.) who recorded 31 saves in the effort. The Wolves followed the Friday effort up with another outstanding performance at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning against the Brewster Bulldogs. Eliason provided great goaltending once again, backstopping the Wolves to a 4-2 victory as 4 different players scored, including newcomer Hunter Byram (Coventry, Conn.).
In one of the strangest games of the season, the Wolves 5-1 triumph over the New Jersey Renegades on Saturday afternoon, was truly a tale of two halves as the Wolves were dominated in the first half and dominant in the second. In nets was recently acquired goaltender John Hagan of Mentor, Ohio, who endeared himself to his new team by stopping 36 of 37 shots. 5 different scorers potted goals for the Wolves: Phillip Schultz (Lunenberg, Mass.), Ryan Waddell (Sea Girt, N.J.), Kevin Morello (Monroe, N.J.), Jeffrey Scimone (Boxford, Mass.) and Mikhail Astakhov (Moscow, Russia).
On Wednesday Dec. 10, 6 members of the Wolves as well as members of the Laconia Ice Arena rink staff, volunteered to help break down and store the materials for Christmas Village at the Laconia Community Center. Additionally, on Friday morning the Post-High School players on the team visited Daniel Webster College and were given a tour of the facilities and ice arena by new varsity hockey coach Eric McCambly. "To meet school officials, view the campus, and interact with an NCAA hockey coach is a huge opportunity for these kids. This is our second trip of this sort (first was to Plymouth State), and I think it helped to inspire our kids to perform at an elite level this weekend," said coach Andrew Trimble.
Beginning this Friday, the Wolves will play 3 games this weekend before taking a break for the holidays. Congrats to Wolves Players Dillon Smith, Kevin Morello and Hunter Craig (Limerick, Maine) for being selected to the MJHL All- Star Game.
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Last Updated on Monday, 15 December 2014 08:45

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LMS girls win against Bow, 52-44

Laconia Middle School girls' A basketball team defeated Bow on Dec. 11 by the score of 52 to 44. Laconia came out strong and built a 19 to 2 lead and never looked back. Amelia Clairmont had another strong game with 26 points , 10 rebounds, and 6 steals. Avy Bartlett and Ellie Kelley demonstrated tenacity on the defensive end of the floor for the Lady Sachems by applying pressure all over the court and creating numerous Bow turnovers. Laconia is now 2 - 0 on the young season. Their next games are Friday at Winnisquam and Monday at home against Belmont.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 December 2014 08:42

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