LACONIA — Belmont-Gilford went from the undefeated top seed in the NHIAA Division III standings to third in a matter of a week. Yesterday, the Bulldogs (10-2) dropped their second consecutive game, this one to now top-ranked Berlin,7-1.
Belmont-Gilford was beaten (4-3) by 7-1 Souhegan on February 1.
"We had no heart today," B/G coach Jay Londer said after the Berlin loss at the Laconia Ice Arena. "They didn't want to play. When I played in college, I was all heart. I was embarrassed to coach this team today"
The Bulldogs put the pressure on early, out-shooting Berlin 17 to 9 in the first period, but could not find the back of the net. "We took 17 shots and left 10 rebounds in front of the net that no one wanted to collect," continued Londer. "It simple. You are supposed to dump and chase. We just dumped and did not chase." The first period went scoreless until Berlin's Conner Jewitt found himself all alone with seven seconds remaining and beat the Bulldog goalie to the far corner of the net, where he stuffed the puck in.
The second and third period belonged to the Mountaineers, scoring two more goals in the second and and four in the third. Trevor Cahill had the lone goal for the Bulldogs in the third period.
Belmont-Gilford will be the away team at the Laconia Ice arena against Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes tomorrow.