Junior hockey: Fighting Spirit split weekend series

The New Hampshire Fighting Spirit split in their weekend series against the New England Stars. Saturday night's contest saw the Spirit lose to the Stars by a score of 3-1. Ryan Dunfield was the lone goal scorer as he tallied a power play marker to start the third period. Goalie Adam Higdon was fantastic in net as he was tested early and often but was unable to secure the win.

Sunday afternoon was a better effort for the Spirit and saw the Spirit walk away with a 3-0 victory. Captain Alex Peddle led the offensive charge scoring 2 goals and adding an assist. Forward Brett Bittner was the other goal scorer in the Spirit's victory. Goalie Claes Endre continued his hot streak picking up his second straight shutout and 4th of the season. He turned away 28 shots in the game and solidified his spot as top goalie in the NA3EHL.

The Spirit are back in action Wednesday night as they host the New England Stars for the final time in the regular season. Game time is 6 p.m. at the Laconia Ice Arena.

For more information on the Spirit and their schedule visit www.fightingspirithockey.com or follow them on Facebook and Twitter for live updates.

Sun finally shines on ice racing club

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Lakes Region Ice Racing Club finally got a break in the weather on Sunday for their weekly races. After dealing with several weeks of hash New England weather, an afternoon of warm sunshine on Lee Pond was welcomed. The Ossipee Auto Parts NAPA store sponsored the day's races providing fan and driver give-aways as well as the trophies.

With the Milton club having ice condition issues, several of the New England Ice Racing Association racers joined the Lakes Region club for a day of racing. Moultonborough's Trevor Greene showed the way in the Junior event winning both the qualifying and feature events in his #32 VW Rabbit.

The rear wheel drive division was up next. Last week's winner Fabian Smith took the qualifier while the 2014 Champion Tim Chase broke his rear suspension. It appeared that Tim was done for the day when he loaded his MR2 and left the pond. But in reality, Tim headed to his nearby home, welded the broken suspension, and returned to Lee Pond. Tim lined up in the feature and went on to take the checkers in a hard fought race..

The best race of the day was in the 4-Cylinder FWD division. Derek Jeanson of Sandwich led most of the race in his #58 Hyundai until Jack Cook of Moultonboro caught him with two laps to go. In turn 4, the veteran ice racer Jack went to the outside to pass and Derek over-drove the turn and spun into the snow bank. Jack went on to win.

New ice racer Pete Viano of Moultonborough survived a battle of attrition in the V8 Stock division for the win.

In the Modified division, last week's winner Tunk Berry of Center Ossipee suffered mechanical issues in the qualifier, ending his day unceremoniously in the turn 4 snow bank. In the feature it was Tuftonboro's Jake Williams' day. Jake grabbed the early lead and while DJ Mills of Wolfeboro Falls tried his best, there was no catching Jake who held on for the win.

The victory circle celebrations were special this week with the NAPA race sponsor, represented by Chris Moneypenny of the Ossipee store, giving away a nice tool chest, a battery pack, and a fuel can to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers respectively. Ossipee Auto parts also donated a tool chest to the 50/50 raffle won by Lori Davis and also provided each fan a souvenir package as they came onto the pond.

The Lakes Region Ice Racing Club races on Lee and Berry Ponds as long as the ice stays safe. The next scheduled ice race is on Sunday, March 1. Check www.LRIRC.com or the club's Facebook page for the latest race/ice status, information about coming events, and for race photos.

Round-up: girls' tournament kicks off this week

Gilford girls' basketball team ran the table during the regular season with an 18-0 record, earning the second seed in the DIII tournament. The Golden Eagles were topped only by Conant because of Conant's win over a DII team during the regular season. Gilford has a bye in the first round and will wait to for the victor of the Newport vs. Franklin game. The winner of that contest will head to Gilford Thursday at 7 p.m..

Laconia finished out the regular season with a 22-61 win over Sanborn, The 14-4 Sachems earned the sixth seed and a bye in the first round. Laconia will host Berlin (11) Thursday at 7 p.m. in the second round.

Belmont rolled past Inter-Lakes, 50-28, to close out the regular season. The Red Raiders (12-6) picked up the tenth seed in the tournament. With a bye in the first round Belmont will head to Somersworth (7) Thursday for second round action.

Prospect Mountain fell 65-29 to Newfound in the regular season finale. The 7-11 Timberwolves earned the 17th seed and will head to 16th seed Kearsarge tonight. The winner will take on top seeded Conant.

Inter-Lakes and Winnisquam each finished the year 2-16 and failed to reach the postseason.


A pair of back to back weekend wins keeps Belmont-Gilford atop the NHIAA DIII ice hockey standings. The Bulldogs improved to 15-1 with a 6-4 win over Souhegan on Friday and a 9-3 victory against ConVal Saturday. B/G extended their win-streak to 13 games with the wins. The boys take to the ice again tomorrow at Kearsarge.

Laconia-Winnisquam could not end the six game winless streak Saturday, losing 7-1 against Kearsarge. The Wolfpack (3-11-1) welcome winless Manchester West tomorrow.

Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes fell to Berlin 9-1 Saturday. The Renegades (7-8-1) look to reach the .500 mark tomorrow against Souhegan.

Boys' basketball

The Winnisquam Bears have reeled off six wins in a row after the 82-69 victory Friday evening. The Bears (13-3) hold down the fourth seed in DIII heading into tonight's game against Franklin.

The Golden Eagles currently sit in the sixth seed before tonight's action against Prospect Mountain. Gilford is 12-4 with two games remaining in the regular season.

Prospect Mountain (6-9) will host Gilford tonight in the back half of a pair of home games. The Timberwolves hosted Newfound last night.

Laconia (6-10) dropped their third in a row Friday, 65-62, against Sanborn. The Sachems host Belmont tonight.

Inter-Lakes (6-11) have won three in a row heading into the regular season finale at Laconia Friday night.

Belmont fell to Inter-Lakes 46-43 Friday night. The Red Raiders (2-14) visit Laconia tonight. 

Ice racers raise money for woman fighting cancer

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Lakes Region Ice Racing Club had a special race and a special guest this week at Lee Pond. This week's race, sponsored by Lou's Custom Exhaust and the Wicwas Lake Grange was a benefit for Suzanne Taggett who is fighting cancer. All the proceeds from the event plus a check for $2,000 were presented to Suzanne.

With the fresh snow cleared from the 3/8 mile oval track and a cool breeze blowing, the qualifying heats got under way. During the intermission, cars were brought onto the front straight and the fans came to check the cars out and talk to the drivers. Before racing resumed, the club members along with members of Wicwas Lake Grange gathered in the pits to present Suzanne with a check and take a group photo.

The feature races for the 5 divisions were up next. Matt Demond of Moultonborough drove to the Junior (13-15 years old) division event win making it two weeks in a row. It was a brother and sister up front in the 4-Cylinder FWD division with Chris Taylor taking first in front of his sister Alicia. The biggest field of the day was the 4-Cylinder RWD division where Fabian Smith of Meredith again dominated. The points leader, Alley Ripley of Center Harbor, repeated as the winner of the V8 Stock class. Tunk Berry of Center Ossipee who had some good fortune in lap traffic drove his jet black sprint car to the Modified division win.

The next scheduled ice race is on Sunday, February 22. Check www.LRIRC.com or the club's Facebook page for the latest race/ice status, information about coming events, and for race photos. The Lakes Region Ice Racing Club races on Lee and Berry Ponds as long as the ice stays safe.