Young Bulldogs get a chance in spotlight in regular season finale

LACONIA — The Belmont-Gilford Bulldogs ended the regular season on a high note Saturday by beating Souhegan 4-2. The game was meaningless in terms of playoff positioning to the Bulldogs – no matter the result, Belmont-Gilford would enter the NHIAA Division III tournament as third seed – but was a significant confidence booster as the Bulldogs had not beaten either of the top two teams this season.

The Bulldogs wanted to use this game to give some of the underclassmen some ice time to see who would step up. "We used this game to see who could handle the pressure," said coach Jay Londer. " We had two young men stand out in Ethan Becker and James Buckley today."

The Bulldogs headed into the second period down 1-0 until Becker found the back of the net on a rebound that was hanging around the post. Becker picked himself up from a check behind the net, gathered the loose puck and stuffed it between the post and the pad of the Sabers netminder. The Bulldogs wasted no time in taking the lead. Daryll Cahill collected the ensuing faceoff, found a path to the net and slipped the puck between the legs of the goaltender. The pair of B-G goals came 15 seconds apart. Cahill added another later on in the period. The Bulldogs scored four goals in the middle frame.

The third period belonged to Bulldogs goalie Calvin Davis, who stopped 19 Saber attempts in the third period and 33 overall.

The Bulldogs take the ice again on Saturday at 4 p.m., when the host the quarter-finals matchup versus sixth-seeded Kennett. The Bulldogs won both regular season games against the Eagles, 6-2 and 5-2.