Bulldogs rally late but drop opener to Berlin, 5-3

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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.

Belmont-Gilford

Division: III

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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Coaches for area high school hockey teams discussed their teams prospects in the upcoming season.

Kearsarge-Plymouth

Division: III

Coach: Dave McKenney (3rd year)

Last year: 7-11, did not make tournament

Returning starters: Alex Nangle, sr.; Garret Sprenger, jr.; Josh Johnston, sr.; Anthony Velez, jr.; Carter MacLean, jr.; Sam Johnson, sr., G

Top newcomers: Caden Lyman, jr., G

Outlook: Coach McKenney considers this to be a rebuilding year for Kearsarge-Plymouth with a young roster. The team is focused on developing role players to support the upperclassmen and continue to improve this season while building toward the future. “Everyone is working hard and looking forward to a good season,” McKenney said.

Laconia-Winnisquam

Division: III

Coach: Marc Joyal (1st year)

Last year: 0-18, did not make tournament

Returning starters: Noah Smith, sr., F/D; Devin Miles, sr., F; Nick Luther, sr., F/D; Connor Johnson jr., F; Ryan Fields, jr., F/D

Top newcomers: Carter Smith, fr., F/D; Cole Reid, jr., F; Caleb Bartlett, sr., F/D; Dakota Whitehead, fr., G

Outlook: Under a new coach and with the additions of Reid and Smith, Laconia-Winnisquam is aiming for a much stronger showing than last season. Smith, Luther and Miles return as seniors to provide experience as the team rebuilds. The biggest thing to watch for the team is how they fare in goal with freshman Whitehead stepping right into the fire. “We will be more competitive this season and will provide more challenges to our Division III opponents,” Coach Joyal said.

Teams to beat: Berlin-Gorham, Kennett, John Stark-Hopkinton

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Laker girls win season opener

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Inter-Lakes 37, Berlin 23

Key players: I-L – Jordan Durand (10 points, 7 rebounds), Julia Gintof (11 points, 4 assists), Taylor Ambrose (8 points, 6 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: The Lakers looked a bit shaky in the first half, but a three-pointer at the halftime buzzer by Gintof cut the Mountaineers’ lead to one point. The Lakers ended the game on an 8-0 run to secure the victory.

Jaslyn Lanteigne had 8 points and Emily Picard 7 points for Berlin.

Coach’s quote: “Inter-Lakes played hard the whole 32 minutes.” – I-L’s Elizabeth Burlison

Records: I-L 1-0; Berlin 2-3

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Sachems named to Division II All-State team

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Drew Muzzey, No. 24, who led Laconia with 1,027 rushing yards, was named to the Division II Northern Conference All-State Team. In this photo from the homecoming game on Sept. 29, Muzzey tries to shake off a John Stark.  (Alan MacRae/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

LACONIA — Laconia High seniors Drew Muzzey, Benjamin Beliveau and Bradley Weeks were named to the  Division II Northern Conference All-State first team.

Muzzey, a running back who finished the season with 1,027 yards rushing, including 327 against Pembroke, was selected as  a slot receiver.

Beliveau, an impressive blocker, was selected as an offensive lineman, and Weeks, hard-hitting linebacker, was named to the first team on defense.

Sachem  quarterback Riley Roy, who recorded 1,027 yards passing for the 4-4 Sachems, was named to second team on offense. Stephen Towers, a senior, was named to the second team as an offensive lineman, and defensive back Jakob Steele, a junior, was named to the second team on defense.

Defensive lineman Andrew Shoemaker of Gilford-Belmont was named to the second team on defense.

Eight players from Plymouth, the undefeated Division II champions, were named to first team.

Selected by the vote of Division II coaches as first team on offense were wide receiver Jordan Docen, running back Nolan Farina and tight end Wesley Lambert.

First team defensive players from Plymouth were Owen Brickley and Joshua Crane, defensive backs, linebackers Colby Moore and Connor Magowan and offensive lineman Jacob Lamb.

Camden MacDonald and Steven Shute were selected as second team offensive linemen.

Garrett Macomber, Plymouth running back, was the repeat choice as Division II North Conference Player of the Year.

Plymouth Coach Chris Sanborn, whose team has won back-to-back titles with wins over Bow in the Division II championship game, was named coach of the year.

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