Belmont-Gilford Bulldogs senior goalie Cody Hodgins drops down to deflect a shot during a game against the Berlin-Gorham Mountaineers on Wednesday. (Alan MacRae/for The Laconia Daily Sun)
LACONIA — The Belmont-Gilford Bulldogs opened what coach David Saball calls a rebuilding season with a 5-3 loss on their home ice at the Merrill Fay Arena to the always-powerful Berlin-Gorham high school hockey team.
The Bulldogs trailed, 5-0, in the third period, but rallied with three goals in the last 10 minutes of the game to put a scare into the Mountaineers, whom they have twice faced in Division III championship games in recent years.
“We made it a real game and our young kids showed some real character by coming back and not giving up when were down 5-0 against one of the top teams in the state,” said Saball. “We’ll be able to compete in our division, even though we lost three of our top players to junior hockey teams.”
He said Berlin-Gorham enjoyed a substantial size advantage and always plays a tough, physical game.
Trevor Breault put Berlin-Gorham on the scoreboard at the 8:24 mark of the first period, followed quickly by a Bradon Weeks goal at the 7:17 mark.
John Argus and Cam Cochran scored in the second period for the visitors, who took a 5-0 lead on Tyler Rousseau’s goal at the 12:49 mark of the third period.
The Bulldogs struck back on Harrison Parent’s goal at the 11:15 mark which came on an assist from his younger brother, Hayden. Miles Defosses scored to make it 5-2, and Hayden Parent’s goal closed the score to 5-3, but Berlin was able to stem the Bulldogs onslaught and hold on for the win.
Belmont-Gilford goalie Cody Hodgins recorded 25 saves, 10 of them in the third period.
The Bulldogs are back in action at Pembroke-Campbell at 7:30 Saturday night and will play host to Moultonbrough-Inter-Lakes at 5 p.m. on Dec. 20, their last game before the holiday break. They resume action on Jan. 3 at Sanborn and face a tough John Stark-Hopkinton game on the road on Dec. 6.
Coaches for area high school hockey teams discussed their teams prospects in the upcoming season.
Coach: Dave Saball (2nd year)
Last year: 15-4, lost in semifinals
Returning starters: Harrison Parent, sr., F; Miles Defosses, sr., F; Hayden Parent, so., F; Troy Gallagher, jr.,
Top newcomers: Zack Gilford, fr., F
Outlook: The Bulldogs return several players from last season’s team that made a run to the final four, including Parent, last year’s top scorer. “We have a good bunch of returning players that know what it takes to have a successful season,” Coach Dave Saball said. “If we work hard, we will be competitive with most teams. But it all comes down to doing the work.”
Teams to beat: Kennett, Berlin-Gorham, John Stark-Hopkinton, Moultonborough/Inter-Lakes
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