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Junior hockey: Wolves take 2 from Vermont Lumberjacks

The New England Wolves opened up 2015 in style, winning 2 games at home against division leader Vermont on Saturday night and Sunday morning.
Saturday's 5-3 win, which was sponsored by www.emilyclementlifecoach.com and featured intermission
entertainment by the Broadway North Wolves Dancers, was a high-paced offensive game. Scorers
included Blake Babineau, Kevin Morello, Dillon Smith and two by newcomer Matt Michaud. Defensemen
Josh Grasso and Hunter Craig each had 2 assists. Wolves netminder Harley Eliason was solid, stopping
20 of the 23 shots he faced.
Sunday's 9 a.m. game was a completely different affair, as both teams committed to sturdy defensive play and the goaltenders of both teams shined. The Wolves penalty killers successfully handled all 7
opportunities by Vermont's league- leading unit, and kept the MJHL leading goal scorer, Ryan Flanagan
(32 goals in 27 games) off of the scoresheet. In overtime, newcomer Ryan Padden (Fort Peck, Mont.)
recovered a puck in transition and slid in a backhand shot through the goaltender's legs to secure the
victory. Zach Skop stopped all 42 of the shots that came his way.
The Wolves return to action next weekend, January 17 and 18, with a two game home stand versus the
Connecticut Nighthawks. Saturday's game is at 7 p.m. and Sunday's is at 2:15 p.m. All games will be played at the Laconia Ice Arena.
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Last Updated on Monday, 12 January 2015 09:02

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Junior hockey: Fighting Spirit sweeps series against Wild

The New Hampshire Fighting Spirit completed the sweep of the Maine Wild with a 3-0 win Sunday afternoon at the Laconia Ice Arena. Goaltender Claes Endre was perfect in net as he turned away all 19 shots he faced. Spirit forward Brett Bittner was the primary offensive threat as he netted all three Spirit goals, two of which came on the Spirit power play. The 3-0 victory came on the heels of an overtime thriller which saw the Spirit grab a 2-1 win with newcomer Dominic Gruttadauria scoring the game winner. Goaltender Adam Higdon picked up his 11th win of the year stopping 20 of the 21 shots he faced. "We knew we were in for two tough games as the Wild always compete for 60 minutes. I was proud of the way our players handled the adversity thrown at them by the Wild and was happy to see us stick to our game plan and play our brand of hockey which ultimately resulted in two more wins" says Spirit coach Ben Tefft. "We will put this weekend behind us and start preparing for the showcase in Lockport. We face an unbeaten Jersey Shore Wildcats team in our first game and are excited to try and be the first to knock them off this season."

The Fighting Spirit will hit the road this weekend as they will compete in the third of three league wide showcases. They will square off against the Jersey Shore Wildcats Friday, January 16 at 5:30 p.m., the Wilkes Barre Miners Saturday, January 17 at 9 a.m., and the Syracuse Stampede Sunday, January 18 at 11 a.m. All games will be held at the Lockport Express's home arena.

For more information on the Fighting Spirit and their schedule please visit their website at www.fightingspirithockey.com. You can also follow the Fighting Spirit on Facebook and Twitter.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 January 2015 08:53

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Locals excel at Elks Hoop Shoot in Plymouth

The Plymouth Lodge of Elks #2312 hosted the North District Hoop Shoot and is pleased to announce the results of the North District Championship held at Plymouth Regional High School recently.

The participants from the area Lodges did very well, as 15 area youth finished in the top 3 for their age bracket.

Winners from the Plymouth Lodge included; Kiara Brown (8-9 girls), Riley Flaherty (10-11 girls), Leia Brunt (12-13 girls) and Marcus Morel (12-13 boys).

Winners from the Laconia Lodge included; Lucas Kirk (8-9 boys) and Jacob Mello (10-11 boys).

Others from Plymouth that placed included; Orion Browne (8-9 boys) and Hayden Whitman (1-11 boys).

Those from the Franklin Lodge that placed included; Theresa LaFrance (8-9 girls), Tucker Fluery (8-9 boys), Brandon Dukette (10-11 boys) and Benjamin LaFrance (12-13 boys).

Laconia shooters who placed were Macy Swormstedt (8-9 girls), Delany Ross (12-13 girls) and Philip Nichols (12-13 boys).

The North District winners will now participate in the State Championship to be held in Portsmouth on Feb. 1st.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 January 2015 08:50

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Laconia Middle School girls collect a dozen wins

The Laconia Middle School girls' A basketball team improved to 12-0 after three wins last week.

Laconia's first game last week was on the road at Kingswood on Jan. 6, where Amelia Clairmont's 14 points lead Laconia to a 44 to 26 win. Hannah Dow contributed 11 points to the effort. Skyler Tautkus, Caitlyn Beattie, and Ellie Kellly played excellent floor games for the Laconia. Delaney Ross hit some key shots for the winners.

The following day saw the closest of the three games for Laconia, when the team traveled to Belmont for a 37-34 victory. Clairmont again lead Laconia with 17 points and Dow followed with 9. It was a hard fought victory for Laconia against a feisty Belmont squad. The score was knotted 17 to 17 at the half. Laconia was able to convert some key lay ups in the fourth quarter to secure the win.

January 9 saw Laconia host Inter-Lakes, when Clairmont posted 30 points on the way to a 50-34 win. Dow scored 10. Laconia led 29 to 18 at the half. Clairmont was the difference in the second half with 8 rebounds and 4 steals along with three 3-pointers for the game. Dow and Sydney Stevens also made key contributions for the Lady Sachems in the victory.

Laconia's next game is on Friday at Merrimack Valley.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 January 2015 08:48

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