Junior hockey: New players help Wolves earn win over Warriors

LACONIA — The New England Wolves continued their playoff pursuit with a decisive 4-2 win over the Valley Jr. Warriors this past Sunday.
Sunday's 4-2 victory was paced by the newly formed forward line of Phillip Schultz (Lunenburg, Mass.), Jared Wood (Gorham, Maine) and Ryan Padden (Fort Peck, Mont.). The trio accounted for 3 out of the team's 4 goals, including two by Padden. Both Wood and Padden were acquired over the Holiday break to help bolster the team's offensive depth. "Schultz is one of the hardest working players on the ice, and his persistence compliments Wood and Padden's offensive abilities," said assistant coach Mike Potenza. Wolves netminder Zach Skop stopped 31 of the 33 shots he faced in nets. Defenseman Blake Babineau rounded out the scoring, recording the empty netter with 25 seconds remaining.
The win was the Wolves' 18th regulation victory on the season, and with 6 regular season games to go they are firmly in the MJHL playoff picture.
The Wolves return to action next weekend (February 7 and 8) with games against the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs and the Boston Bandits. The February 7 game against the rival Monarchs, will be the last regular season home game for the Wolves. So far on the season, all Wolves/ Monarchs games have been decided by 2 goals or less, with the previous Wolves/ Monarchs game played at the Laconia Ice Arena having to be decided by a shootout. The game is slated for a 2:15 p.m. puck drop. All fans are encouraged to wear their Lakes Region Lakers home jerseys. The Broadway North Wolves Dancers will provide intermission entertainment, and all entrants will receive complimentary Wolves Fangs upon entering.
"The Wolves would like to thank all their fans, volunteers, rink staff, host families and supporters for an outstanding inaugural season of Junior Hockey in the Lakes Region. We look forward to many more years of representing this amazing community. Thank you." – GM/ Head Coach Andrew Trimble
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LMS boys defeat Kingswood 63-21

The Laconia Middle School boys' A team traveled to Wolfeboro to take on their Kingswood counterparts and came away with a resounding 63-21 victory. The win improves the boys' record to 7-4 as they enter the home stretch of their season. The victory was highlighted by an all-around team effort as every member of the squad was able to put points on the board. Ryan Paiva led the way with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Garrett Whitney chipped in 8 points, Jacob Miner dropped 7, while Noah Dickey and Ryan Chandler added 6 apiece. Defensively the Sachems dominated on the boards and controlled the tempo, creating numerous turnovers. Paiva and Chandler paved the way with 4 steals each while Whitney added 3 of his own. The win spring boards the team into a busy week, as they play 4 games in 4 days. All of the games will played at home with Alton on Tuesday, Plymouth Wednesday, Franklin Thursday, and Merrimack Valley coming to town on Friday.

Belmont boys' track team places 1st at championship meet

Belmont High School's boys' indoor track & field team placed first in the Division III Championship Meet last weekend at the University of Southern Maine, outdistancing 2nd place Monadnock HS by 20 points. Ian Rupp, Kyle Gelinas, Colby Leroux and TJ Hennessey placed first in the 4x400m Relay in a school record setting time of 3:53.49. Also setting school records were Bruce Zimmer (3rd place, shot put, 45' 10.5") and the 4x200m relay team of Michael Burbank, Kyle Patten, Ian Remenar and River Mathieu (3rd, 1:44.79). Michael Burbank, placed first (6.92) in the 55m dash, missing the school record by 0.01 sec. Also scoring for the boys' team were Ian Rupp (3rd, 1000m, 2:49.43), Kyle Gelinas (5th, 1500m, 4:39.97) and River Mathieu (3rd, long jump, 18' 1"). Ian Remenar (9.86), Marc Forgione (10.69), Danny Iacopucci (10.60) and Chris Bartz (12.96) swept places 2nd through 5th in the 55m Hurdles.

The Belmont girls' team placed 8th with 14 points. The Monadnock girls' placed first with 99 points. Belmont was led by Emma Chase (4th, 1000m, 3:33.23), Jasmine Syed (5th, 600m, 1:51.15), Emily Vachon (5th, long jump, 11'11") and the 4x400m relay team (3rd, 4:53.45) of Jasmine Syed, Nicole Rosas, Emily Ennis and Emma Chase.

Round-up: Bulldogs, Wolfpack to face off on Wednesday

Belmont-Gilford improved to 7-1 after a 13-1 win against Manchester West. The Bulldogs are third in the NHIAA Division III standings looking up to a pair of unbeaten teams in John Stark/Hopkinton (11-0) and Kennett (8-0-1). B-G will be the home team Wednesday against Laconia-Winnisquam at the Laconia Ice Arena. The Bulldogs won the first contest, 5-1.
Laconia/Winnisquam (3-6) skated past Sanborn, 5-1 on Saturday. The Wolfpack will look to get past Belmont-Gilford on Wednesday.
Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes fell to John Stark/Hopkinton Saturday. The Renegades (4-5) head to Manchester West Wednesday.
Boys' basketball
Winnisquam (7-2) takes to the court tonight against Berlin.
Gilford topped Laconia 70-36 last Thursday. The Golden Eagles (8-3) host Franklin tonight.
Laconia fell to 5-5 after the loss to Gilford. The Sachems play host to Inter-Lakes this evening.
Inter-Lakes (2-8) head to Lakes Region foe Laconia after a week off due to weather.
Belmont ended a nine game losing skid last Thursday against Newfound, 72-40. The Red Raiders will look to string a pair of wins together against Bow tonight.
Prospect Mountain (1-6) heads to Farmington tonight.
Girls' basketball
Gilford sits atop of the NHIAA Division III standings with a 13-0 record. The Golden Eagles head to Franklin tonight.
Laconia dropped their third game of the season to Gilford, 48-45, falling to 9-3 on the season. The Sachems will look to rebound this evening against Inter-Lakes.
Belmont (7-6) looks to halt a two game skid at Bow tonight. The Red Raiders fell to Gilford and Newfound last week.
Prospect Mountain (3-7) hosts Winnisquam (1-10) tomorrow.
Inter-Lakes (1-10) welcomes Laconia this evening.