LMS boys' A team splits a pair of games

The Laconia Middle School boys' A-team played two games this week and managed to come away with a split decision. On Tuesday the team traveled to Winnisquam to take on an undermanned Bears squad. Laconia's speed was too much for Winnisquam to handle as they posted a 43-18 victory. Ryan Paiva led all scorers with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Center Jacob Miner had a career day, dropping 11 points and pulling in 4 boards. Also playing big on the glass were Caleb Patell with 5 boards and Noah Dickey with a season high 7 rebounds.
The young Sachems were home on Wednesday against a strong Bow team. Bow jumped on the Sachems early, putting the boys from Laconia in a hole they struggled to get out of for the rest of the game. Paiva had another big day with 18 points and 11 boards and shooting guard Ryan Chaisson dropped 9 points (3 for 3 from 3) but it wasn't enough as Bow left with a 48-31 win.

Round-up: Gilford girls run win streak to 10

The Gilford girls' basketball team ran their win streak to 10 games after easily dispatching Raymond 51-26. Cassidy Bartlett scored 13 points in the victory. The Golden Eagles (10-0) host Inter-Lakes tonight.
Inter-Lakes earned their first victory of the season on Tuesday, a 45-26 decision against Moultonborough. The 1-8 Lakers have a tall task against undefeated Gilford tonight.
Belmont topped Prospect Mountain 40-30 on Tuesday. Chayleigh Cadarette led the way with 21 points and 22 rebounds. The Red Raiders (6-4) visit Winnisquam tonight.
The Bears fell to Campbell 61-30. Madison Langan recorded 10 points in the loss. Winnisquam welcomes Belmont tonight.
Prospect Mountain (2-7) fell to Belmont 40-30. The Timberwolves host Franklin tonight.
Laconia improved to 7-2 after downing Somersworth 40-26. Helen Tautkus and Natalie Compton both scored eight points in the win. The Sachems head to Farmington tonight.
Boys' basketball
Winnisquam dropped their second game of the year 52-43 against Campbell. Christian Serrano tallied 15 points in the loss. The Bears (6-2) head to Belmont tonight.
Belmont fell to Prospect Mountain 31-22 on Tuesday. Belmont hosts Winnisquam tonight.
Prospect Mountain picked up their first win of the season against Belmont 31-22 Tuesday night. The Timberwolves (1-5) head to Franklin tonight.
Inter-Lakes fell to Moultonborugh, 45-42, for the second time in the last three games. Zach Swanson scored a game-high 14 points. The Lakers host Gilford tonight.
The Golden Eagles fell to Farmington 71-61 on Tuesday evening. Gilford (5-3) heads to Meredith to tip-off against the Lakers tonight.
Laconia was edged by Somersworth 44-41 on Tuesday. The Sachems (3-4) welcome Farmington tonight.
Laconia-Winnisquam (2-5) welcomes the top seed in DIII, John Stark-Hopkinton tomorrow.
Belmont-Gilford (5-1) hosts Berlin-Gorham tomorrow and will face off against Sanborn in a make-up game on Sunday at the Laconia Ice Arena.
Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes (3-4) entertains Souhegan tomorrow.

Junior hockey: Fighting Spirit have strong showing at NA3EHL Showcase

The Fighting Spirit travelled to Lockport, N.Y. to compete in the third and final league wide showcase. The Spirit went 1-1-1 in their three game set on the weekend. Friday night saw the Spirit kick off the showcase against the league leading and defending playoff champion the Jersey Shore Wildcats. The Wildcats came into the weekend undefeated and sitting atop the NA3EHL standings. The Spirit took a 1-0 lead midway through the game on a goal by defenseman Ryan Dunfield. An uncharacteristic mistake on the Spirit power play allowed Jersey Shore to tie the game at 1 in the third period. The final buzzer rang for regulation and the score was tied 1-1. Heading into overtime the Spirit faced a big challenge as they were assessed a penalty for holding just moments into the period. The Spirit were able to kill off the two minute minor and returned to even strength to finish the remainder of the period. However Jersey Shore capitalized on a Spirit turnover to win the game 2-1. Jersey Shore scored with only 23.1 seconds remaining in overtime to seal the win. Goalie Adam Higdon was strong in net turning away 37 of the 39 shots he faced.

Saturday morning saw the Spirit take on the Wilkes Barre Miners who have played the Spirit tough this season as the Spirit won both meetings each by one goal. Today would be the day the Miners exacted revenge on the Spirit as they were able to win 5-2. The Spirit started the scoring as forward Nick Pino slid home a rebound to take a 1-0 lead. When the second period buzzer rang it was the Miners who held the 3-1 lead. Spirit forward and Moultonborough native Tim Casey was able to bring the Spirit back to within one as he lead the charge on a fantastic individual effort scoring a shorthanded Spirit goal. He was able to create a turnover at the Spirit blue line and raced down the ice on a breakaway beating the goalie low blocker side. This effort was not enough however as the Miners would score a 4th goal and eventually added an empty net tally to bring the final score to 5-2. Spirit goalie Claes Endre was tested all night and turned away 35 of the 39 shots he faced.

Sunday's matchup was with long time Spirit rival the Syracuse Stampede. As most rivalries do this game proved to have a bit of everything as the Spirit were able to end the weekend on a strong note, winning 6-5 in the shootout. The Spirit began the scoring as forward Brett Bittner rifled home a shot from the high slot beating the Syracuse net minder low glove side. Captain Alex Peddle added another just 2 minutes later as he fired home a shot past the Stampede defense and goalie. The second period ended with the Spirit leading 2-1. Captain Mike Callaghan gave the Spirit their 2 goal lead back as he deflected a shot from the point on the Spirit power play to make the score 3-1. Syracuse answered quickly bringing the score back to within one. Tim Casey netted his second goal of the weekend giving the Spirit a 4-2 lead. From that point on it was Syracuse who came storming back scoring 3 unanswered goals to take a 5-4 lead with only minutes remaining. With the Spirit net empty forward Alex Peddle netted his second of the game on a laser of a shot from the top of the faceoff circle. Peddle's game tying goal came with the extra attacker on the ice and with only 36 seconds remaining in the game. The Spirit and the Stampede remained tied through the overtime period as the Spirit were unable to capitalize on a Stampede penalty in the frame. Shooting first for the Spirit was Brett Bittner who was able to deke the goalie and slide the puck underneath him for a 1-0 lead in the shootout. Syracuse tied the contest on their first attempt and Spirit goalie Adam Higdon was beat high blocker side. Both teams missed on their second attempts and the score remained 1-1. It was Spirit forward Tim Casey who had the final say as he was able to deke the Stampede goalie and put the puck between his legs to seal the victory for the Spirit.

All told the Spirit picked up 3 out of the 6 possible points up for grabs this weekend. The Spirit will host the East Coast Minutemen on Wednesday night at the Laconia Ice Arena. Puck drop for that game will be 5:30 p.m. 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.

Junior hockey: Wolves earn points in both games against Nighthawks

LACONIA — The New England Wolves continued their winning ways against the Connecticut Nighthawks this past weekend.
Saturday's 4-2 win featured 4 different scorers, Ryan Waddell, Jared Wood, Kevin Morello, and Dillon
Smith. Laconia's own Bryce Ricker recorded 2 assists, and Harley Eliason stopped 35 of 37 shots in nets.
The team was bolstered by the presence of the game's Honorary Captain, Grady Shoemaker. Grady is a
Gilford resident and Lakes Region Youth Hockey Squirt Player, who was involved in an accident over the
summer, and through hard work, rehabilitation, and support from his loved ones is back skating with his
team. His story helped to motivate the Wolves to victory.
Sunday's game was an up and down battle, as it was delayed due to the icy conditions. Once it started the Wolves jumped out to a quick 2 goal lead on goals by Sam Mayberry and Jeff Scimone. The tide turned quickly, however, as the Nighthawks responded with 4 unanswered goals. Battling back with Shawn Sullivan's early 3rd period goal, the hometown Wolves took nearly the full length of the 3rd period
to draw even. Blake Babineau, who was moved up to forward for a critical power play with 5 minutes to
go, potted the tying goal on assists from Mikhail Astakhov and Dillon Smith. After a scoreless
overtime, the Wolves eventually succumbed to the Nighthawks via shootout, thus earning 1 point in the
The Wolves return to action next weekend (January 24 and 25) with 2 games versus the Vermont
Lumberjacks at Leddy Park Arena in Burlington.
Congratulations to Kevin Morello (Monroe, N.J.) and Hunter Craig (Limerick, Maine) for their participation
in the MJHL All- Star game played at Eisenhower Rink in Long Island on MLK Day.
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