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Junior hockey: Fighting Spirit notch 100th franchise win

The New Hampshire Fighting Spirit travelled to Lewiston, Maine over the weekend to take on the Lockport Express at the Spirit's future home the Androscoggin Bank Colisee. The Spirit were able to earn a series split with the Express as they were downed 3-2 Friday night but bounced back for an impressive 5-2 victory Sunday afternoon.

Friday evening's contest marked the return of junior hockey to the Lewiston-Auburn area since the Maineiacs of the QMJHL went dormant four years ago. 900 fans were in attendance. Lockport began the scoring by beating goalie Adam Higdon low blocker side. Moultonborough native Simon Campbell tied the score minutes later, tucking a rebound through the Lockport goalie's legs. The Express added their second goal on a questionable high stick. Lockport added another on a 5 on 3 power play to make the score 3-1. Captain Alex Peddle brought the Spirit back to within one, taking the puck off a faceoff and firing it home past their goalie's glove hand. The Spirit were relentless in their attack in the waning minutes however were unable to tie the score.
Sunday afternoon saw a different and more energized Spirit team take the ice. From the outset the Spirit controlled the pace and tempo of the game. The Spirit were once again backed by the Lewiston-Auburn fans as another 400 filled the seats for the matinee. Forward Mike Heffernan got the Spirit on the board with a power play goal after taking a faceoff won by teammate Nick Pino. The Express showed their frustration as tempers boiled over in the second that led to the Spirit receiving a 5 on 3. Defenseman Ryan Dunfield wasted little time on the 5 on 3 as he ripped a shot from the point that beat the Express goalie low, giving the Spirit a 2-0 lead. David Fish made sure the fans didn't stay in their seats long as merely 10 seconds later he fired a puck home from the point to make the score 3-0. Nick Pino put the score at 4-0 before the second period ended by collecting a pass from teammate David Fish and firing it past the Lockport goalie. Through two periods of play the Spirit outshot the Express 31-14. Lockport came out in the third with a strong push and were able to score twice, once being shorthanded, however the Spirit answered back immediately as Pino would net his second of the evening again on the power play. All told the Spirit went 5 for 7 on the power play and goaltender Claes Endre turned away 22 of the 24 shots he faced en route to being named first star of the game.
The Spirit are back in action in Laconia on both Wednesday and Saturday as they take on the Cape Cod Islanders Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. and the East Coast Minutemen Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Saturday's contest with be "Laker Night" as the Spirit will donate $2 of every ticket sale and half the proceeds from the program, 50/50, and Shooter's Shootout back to the Lakes Region Youth Hockey Association. This game will be sponsored by the Meredith Village Savings Bank and will also offer giveaways from MVSB. Be sure to come support both the Fighting Spirit and Lakes Region Youth Hockey Saturday night at the Laconia Ice Arena.
For more information on the Spirit and their schedule please visit their website at www.fightingspirithockey.com or follow them on Facebook and Twitter for live updates.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 February 2015 10:23

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Community ice skating party to be held in Gilford on February 20

GILFORD — A Community Ice Skating Party to kick off February school vacation week will take place Friday, Feb. 20, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Arthur A. Tilton Ice Rink on Varney Point Road.

This event, sponsored by the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department, will be a family-oriented, open skate party (no sticks and pucks) with music and hot chocolate. Participants should bring their own ice skates and dress appropriately for the weather. Because of is limited parking at the ice rink, those attending are reminded that additional parking is available in the lot adjacent to the rink (boat trailer lot) and at the Town Beach. And so participants are asked not to park along the road.

Further information is available by calling the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department at 527-4722.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 February 2015 11:05

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Registration open for Circle Trot race

PLYMOUTH — Registration is now open for the fifth annual Circle Trot, a community 2K/5K/10K race, scheduled for  Sunday, April 19, at 9:30 a.m. in Plymouth.

Proceeds from the race will benefit the Circle Program, a non-profit organization that provides socially and economically disadvantaged New Hampshire girls with new opportunities such as year-round mentoring opportunities and residential summer camp programs.

Last year, 400 people came out to support the Circle Trot. This year, thanks to a partnership with Millennium Running and sponsorship by The Bank of New Hampshire, organizers are hoping the event will be an even-greater success.  Many business sponsorships are still available.

Those interested in participating or in becoming a sponsor can contact race director, Pasha Marlowe, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the Circle Program at (603) 536-4244. To register for the race, visit circleprogram.org.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 February 2015 11:02

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Senior Moment-um group having breakfast and a movie on Feb. 16


GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor a Senior Moment-um program on Monday, Feb. 16.

Those attending will meet at the Community Church Fellowship Hall at 9 a.m. for breakfast, followed by the classic movie "An Affair to Remember," starring Cary Grand and Deborah Kerr. The movie and coffee are free of charge.

Breakfast available for $2 per person, featuring chocolate chip pancakes, sausage and juice. Those interested in having breakfast must RSVP by Friday, Feb. 13.

Those who want further information or to RSVP, can contact the Gilford Parks and Rec. Dept. at 527-4722.


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