The Laconia Ice Arena was the place to be Wednesday night as Belmont-Gilford hosted rink rival Laconia-Winnisquam and Moultonborough- Inter-Lakes skated against John Stark-Hopkinton.
The Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes Renegades struggled in the opening game, losing to JS-Hopkinton 11-4. The Renegades, down 3-2 in the second, were in reach until the Generals exploded with three straight goals to end the second period.
B-G took advantage of a five minute major in the first period to score an early goal. The second came just over four minutes later, seconds after the major expired. The Bulldogs did not look back, beating the Wolfpack 6-0. "When we go on a major power play, I like to score twice in those five minutes," said Belmont-Gilford coach Jay Londer. "Our kids responded tonight after the loss to Berlin."
The Bulldogs added two more before the buzzer sounded to end the first period. "I thought we had momentum, playing [well] in Berlin and beating up on Manchester West 10-1," responded Wolfpack coach TJ Galligan. "You can't win when you take 11 shots all game and only one in the third."
The Wolfpack were penalized 12 times on the evening. Two of which were five minute majors, both for hitting from behind. "We play well against B-G earlier in the season. I hate losing like this." Galligan continued " We have a lot of hockey left and our goal of reaching the playoffs is still in sight."
The Bulldogs added the final two goals late in the third period to round out the scoring.
Laconia-Winnisquam (4-8-1) will be the road team tomorrow night at the LIA against the Renegades and will host Kearsarge on Wednesday.
Belmont-Gilford will head to Kearsarge tomorrow and look to avenge the loss to Berlin on the road Wednesday.
Laconia's winning streak ended at four on Tuesday night, losing to Winnisquam (8-8) 45-39. The Sachems are currently sitting in the ninth spot of the NHIAA Division III standings with three regular season games remaining. The girls will be in action tonight when they host 7-8 Belmont. Laconia is 2-0 this season against the Red Raiders. The Sachems will host Gilford Tuesday night to close out the home schedule.
Gilford, coming off of a convincing 58-38 win Tuesday against Farmington, will host Somersworth tonight. Both teams are knotted up in the seventh spot in the DIII standings 10-5. Gilford will finish out the regular season by visiting Laconia on Tuesday and hosting Belmont next Friday.
Belmont is one game under .500 (7-8) with three games remaining starting tonight in Laconia, at home against Farmington and ending the year next Friday at Gilford.
The Sachems have struggled as of late, dropping the last three games, the most recent a 75-68 loss to Winnisquam. Laconia (8-5) will have a good opportunity to get a win tonight against 1-12 Belmont. The Sachems will stay on the road Tuesday in Gilford. Laconia defeated the Golden Eagles at home 67-62 in the only meeting this season.
Gilford (10-3) will host Somersworth (4-10) tonight and the Sachems on Tuesday.
Winnisquam (11-3) will put their five game win streak on the line tonight when they host 4-10 Newfound Regional. Thursday will see Winnisquam head to Mascoma Valley.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 February 2014 08:36
The Lakes Region Flag Football League, an NFLFlag youth program, is open to all boys and girls in the Lakes Region area between the ages of 4 and 17. The league has five co-ed age divisions: 4-6; 6-8; 9-11; 12-14 and 15-17 (or high school senior).
Flag football is a non-contact sport that offers all the fun and teamwork of football and is played in a 5-on-5 format. The sport requires no helmets or special equipment of any kind.
Online registration has begun and can be done right from the comfort of one's own home at your convenience. Sign-up at: lrffl.com
Registration fee for the Spring 2014 season is $65 inclusive. Each player will receive an NFL Flag reversible team jersey and a set of NFL flags to keep. Credit card payments are accepted online, and checks are also accepted via mail. Payment is not necessary to the registration process.
Hour-long practices are one night per week and hour-long weekend games (mostly Saturdays) in the spring are played at the Inter-Lakes High School turf field.
The LRFFL also offers a women's spring flag football league and a men's summer flag football league.
Last Updated on Monday, 10 February 2014 10:50
In front of a full house, the Laconia Middle School boy's A team hosted counterparts from Merrimack Valley in the final regular season game. At stake for the young Sachems was an undefeated season. The boys from Laconia would not disappoint. Coming off the bench to lead his team was "Smilin'" Dan Engelson with 10 points, 5 boards and 5 steals. Ryan Paiva droped 9 points, while Logan Bell had 7 pts, 6 boards and 6 steals and Drew Muzzey added 7pts and 7 boards. The team received a standing ovation as the whistle sounded on the game and the Sachems gave their head coach Rod Roy his first undefeated season with a convincing 50-21 win. Coach Roy said after the game, "This is a special group of kids. I have coached most of them since they were 7 years old and there is a lot of talent in this group. The future of basketball in Laconia looks very good. I couldn't be more proud of them." The Sachems finish the regular season at 17-0 as they headed into their tournament season.
Going into the Newfound tournament as the number 1 seed, the expectations for the Sachems were high. Laconia drew the middle school team from Hopkinton in the first round and weren't quite sure what to expect. It was a team that they had not faced in the regular season. After an extremely sluggish start, the offense found their groove and started to pour it on. Drew Muzzey led the 2nd half charge with 14 pts and 7 boards, while Logan Bell added 10 pts and Jack Maher dropped 8. Point Guard Christian Gaspa dished off 5 assist while pulling down 4 big boards and notching 4 steals. Riley Roy also had 4 boards while grabbing 3 steals of his own. With a strong second half effort the Sachems were able to capture a 46-11 win.
Next up was a strong, fast Kearsarge team. Also a team that the Sachems did not see in the regular season. This one was a dog fight. Seeing that they were getting nothing inside against Kearsarge's Dwight Howard-like center, the boys from Laconia took to the perimeter. It was small forward Riley Roy who led his team with 7 points, including two 3-pointers. Noah Cruz, Muzzey, and Bell each had 6 while Muzzey had 6 boards and Bell 7. Christian Gaspa had 5 assists which gave him over 100 assist on the season. On the defensive side 8 of the 12 Sachems had at least one steal with Gaspa leading the way with 3. Bell and Ryan McCrea had 2 each. When it was over the Sachems were able to hang on to a very narrow 29-27 victory. The win punched their ticket to the championship where, once again, they squared off against Kearsarge. Due to time constraints, the championship was single elimination (it was a double elimination tournament). The two teams picked up right where they left off, trading baskets and defensive stops, to the delight of the packed house. Laconia center Logan Bell was able to muscle in 10 points while grabbing 8 boards, Drew Muzzey had 7 points to go with 7 boards, while Jack Maher grabbed 5 boards. Defensively the Sachems played well again with Bell grabbing 3 steals and Gaspa, Engelson, and Muzzey nabbing 2 apiece. Unfortunately the Sachems struggled at the charity stripe leaving 14 foul shots at the line. It was a fast paced, physical game but in the end it was Kearsarge who was able to hang on for the 34-30 win. "It was a great game against a very, very good team. Our boys played hard and have nothing to hang their heads about. Both teams are in the Bow tourney in couple of weeks so hopefully we'll get the rubber match in." said coach Rod Roy. Laconia's Drew Muzzey was named to the All Tourney team.
Last Updated on Monday, 10 February 2014 10:48
White Mountain went on an 8-0 run to end the first quarter with an 18-9 lead and never looked back in defeating Gilford 50-33 on Friday night. The Eagles played the Spartans nearly even in the second quarter and trailed at the break 26-17. Gilford came out in the third quarter and scored the first two baskets to cut the lead to 26-21 but would get no closer as they dropped to 9-5 on the season. For Gilford, Maddie Harris lead all scorers with 11 points followed by Kayla Orton who scored 8 points to go along with 11 rebounds. Jordan Dean added 7 points for the Eagles who are back in action on Tuesday against Farmington.
Last Updated on Monday, 10 February 2014 10:44