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Lakes Region Youth Hockey goes undefeated through tournament

The Lakes Region Youth Hockey Squirt Team had an outstanding weekend in the Tier III Granite State Tournament. The squirts went undefeated with a four game journey. The weekend was started with the Dover Stars for win number 1. Then the next game was a little hairy, facing off with the Berlin Sabres. After a hard fought game, the Lakers took the 2-1 win. Sunday semi-final was against Back Bay, and with another win the Lakers were on to the final hoe down with the Berlin Sabres.
The game didn't start off as well as expected with a 2 point difference after the 1st period. The Lakers continued to out skate and dominate the game and it paid off in the 2nd period, as the Lakers came tied up the score and then went ahead in the 3rd for a final score of 6-3. Each player on the Lakers skated their heart out: Carter Smith, Breydon Perry, Breanna Ricker, Dylan Flannery, Zach Gilbert, Max Paganini, Andrew Spicuzza, Evan Rollins, Zoltan Stefan, Patrick Goodwin, Kameron Young, Owen Guerin and Michael Sousa. The team is sponsored by Allan Gilbert Builders.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:25

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Laconia Ice Arena to host junior hockey playoff series this weekend

LACONIA — The Laconia Ice Arena will be hosting a junior hockey playoff series this weekend. The AHI Fighting Spirit from Waterville Valley will be hosting the New England Stars in a best two out of three game series.The Fighting Spirit have the top seed in the Northern States Hockey League following a 31-4 regular season. The series is set to begin tonight at 6:30 p.m. Game two will be Saturday at 1:15 p.m. and game three is Sunday at 3 p.m. if necessary. Tickets will be available at the door. The Spirit will be headed Las Vegas to compete in the national tournament in the following weeks.

The Fighting Spirit will make Laconia its official home in the fall of 2014. The Northern States Hockey League consists of nine teams, which come from Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Mass, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:23

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Round-up: Bulldogs, Wolfpack both have playoff games this weekend

The Laconia-Winnisquam Wolfpack will be playing its first playoff game in recent years on Saturday afternoon. The Wolfpack's 7 wins and 11 losses is good enough to for the seventh seed in the NHIAA Division III playoffs. Lac-Win will travel to Souhegan To face off against the second seeded Eagles. Souhegan won the only regular season matchup between the two teams by the score of 8-3.

Belmont-Gilford finished the year on a high note, beating Souhegan 4-2. The 15-3 Bulldog record secured a three seed in the tournament. B-G's only losses came to Berlin, twice and Souhegan earlier in the year. The Bulldogs take the ice again on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Laconia Ice Arena, when they host a Division III quarter-final match against Kennett. The Bulldogs won both regular season games against the Eagles, 6-2 and 5-2

The boys' basketball tournament started last night. Laconia ended the year four games over .500 at 11-7. The Sachems are the ninth seed and traveled to Mascoma Valley last night.

The Gilford Golden Eagles (6th seed) hosted 11th seeded Prospect Mountain last night. Gilford finished the regular season with a record of 14-4.

The seventh seeded Winnisquam Bears, also 14-4 on the year, hosted the 12th seed Farmington last night.

All of last night's matches were the first meetings of the season for the teams. All games were played after the this article's deadline.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:04

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GHS JV boys team wraps up perfect season

Gilford High School boys JV Basketball team completed a perfect season 20-0, taking home the Championship in the Farmington JV boys' tournament this past weekend.

Gilford beat Somersworth High School 72-42 in the first game of pool play and Stevens High School 61-49 in the second game. On Sunday, Gilford matched up against Raymond High School in the finals and Gilford, in their toughest contest of the year, was able to win 76-64. Mike Bugnacki and Hunter Stevens were named to the All-Tournament Team. Mike Bugnacki had 22 points in the final game and Oliver Roy had 20 points, Carter Mercer and Tyler Swarthout had an outstanding tournaments as well. Mercer also won the three-point contest making 16 of 25, 3-points shot in a minute, the next closest competitor had nine.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 08:42

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