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Junior hockey: Fighting Spirit heads into Thanksgiving on a high note

The New Hampshire Fighting Spirit knew they had a task at hand before they would enjoy a small break in the season. The task: win three games against the last place East Coast Minutemen and head into break feeling good about their efforts thus far. Mission accomplished, the Fighting Spirit were able to wrap up their three game set with the East Coast Minutemen in impressive fashion as they once again dominated their way to a 16-0 victory. 15 of the 18 players for the Fighting Spirit were able to record at least one point while defensemen Travis Blinkhorn, Ryan Dunfield, and forward Tim Casey led the charge. Tim Casey was able to net a hat trick for the Spirit leading the way in the goals department while Blinkhorn and Dunfield carried the load in the assist department as they each contributed 4. Spirit goalie Adam Higdon was perfect in net stopping all 11 shots he faced. This is Higdon's second shutout of the season as he was able to record one earlier in the year against the long time Spirit rival, the Syracuse Stampede. "We knew we were in for a tough challenge. The timing of this three game set could have played a part in whether or not we grabbed 6 points. Heading into a break in your season you always have to remind the players to stay focused and not check out too early. Our guys did a great job of maintaining their compete level and doing the things necessary to win hockey games", says Spirit coach Ben Tefft. "We ended this particular part of our season on a high note and will look to continue the progress we have accomplished so far. We know it is a long season and we will continue to push our players to constantly progress and get better as the season moves forward."

The Spirit will enjoy the comforts of home as they have a week long break for the Thanksgiving holiday. When they return it will be back to work as usual as they prepare for a big road trip to Rochester, N.Y. to take on the Roc City Royals. The Fighting Spirit would like to wish their sponsors, fans, and everyone in the Lakes Region a safe and happy Thanksgiving. For more information on the Spirit please visit their website www.fightingspirithockey.com

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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LHS grad Mickey Donovan named Coach of the Year in Quebec

Mickey Donovan, head coach of the Concordia Stingers, has been named the RSEQ conference's Coach of the Year for the 2014 football season. This is the second honor bestowed upon Donovan this fall. Earlier this year, the 1999 LHS grad was inducted into the Laconia High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

Donovan, who was selected by a panel of media, head coaches and athletic directors, will be the Quebec nominee for the Frank Tindall Trophy presented to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport's Coach of the Year during Vanier Cup festivities in Montreal at the end of the month.
In his first year as a head coach at the CIS level, Donovan directed the Stingers to a 5-3 regular season win-loss record. With a preseason win over the Queen's Gaels and a semifinal loss to the Laval Rouge et Or, he had a 6-4 record overall.
The Stingers were not ranked in the CIS pre-season Top 10 poll but moved into the prestigious rankings in the third week of play and stayed there six weeks, peaking at the No. 8 spot in week 8.
Concordia had struggled the last couple of seasons, and Donovan inherited a 0-8 team in February of 2014. He won the preseason contest versus Queen's and won four straight games to start the regular season. The Stingers finished fourth in the conference and returned to playoff action for the first time since 2011.
Donovan returned to Concordia to take charge of the team 10 years after he suited up for the Stingers and dominated the Canadian university ranks. The Laconia, N.H. native was a very accomplished linebacker for three seasons – 2002 through 2004.
He was a two-time Quebec all-star, a two-time CIS all-Canadian and he won the Presidents' Trophy as the top defensive player in Canadian university football in 2004.
His coaching career started with an internship at the University of New Hampshire in 2006. Donovan joined the Western Mustangs in 2007 to coach linebackers. During his four years with the Mustangs, he handled special teams, the defensive front seven and served as the team's recruiting co-ordinator.
In November of 2011, Donovan joined the McGill Redmen as assistant head coach and defensive co-ordinator. He stayed with McGill until coming home to Concordia nine months ago.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014 09:28

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Wavemakers begin competition

The Lakes Region Wavemakers Swim Team has started the competitive aspect of their season with their first meet against Portsmouth Swim Team and will continue next week by hosting Concord Sailfish at the Laconia Athletic and Swim Club. Swimmers were able to put to use all the drills and technique that the coaches have been working on with them since early September. The following swimmers were awarded top ten for one or more of their events: Clara Bates, Kendra Blouin, Angela Bonnell, Joseph Bonnell, Chloe Brown, Dagon Burr, Thor Burr, Kaitlyn Callahan, Hayley Cochrane, Miranda Coffey, Rebecca Cook, Alex Dimarzio, Jacob Dumais, Meredith Gerken, Katie Gingrich, Laurel Gingrich, Edward Goucher, Ela Goucher, Emmie Goucher, Colleen Harriman, Murphy Harris, Kathyrn Hawkes, Kamila Hecka, Alyxandra Huckaby, Sydney Irons, Kaylee Jones, Joshua, Kelleher, Sanela Kosut, Alexa Lazazzera, Alexa Leonard, Beck McLean, Eric Phelps, Charlotte Philippy, Sydney Philippy, Owen Sanborn, Garrett Shafer, Lauren Sikoski, Kaylee Smith, Matthew Sundius, Ella Tryon, Ethan Vachon, Hannah Verville, Brooke Vetter, Ruby Walker, Bridget Wilcox. This group of swimmers range from 6-17 years of age with experience from 2 weeks in the water with the team to 10 years. The Swim Team is honored to have 2014 Limited Edition Pepi Herman crystal ornaments available for sale again this year. For more information on the team or the ornaments contact Judy Cook 293-0279.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014 09:16

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Fighting Spirit Roll Over the East Coast Minutemen

The New Hampshire Fighting Spirit trounced the East Coast Minutemen 16-1 on Wednesday night at the Laconia ice Arena. In their second of three straight contests against the Minutemen the Spirit had no shortage of power during the game. Every Fighting Spirit player was able to register at least one point during the contest. The Spirit offense was led by forwards Alex Peddle and Brett Bittner and defenseman Josh Crane as they each had strong showings racking up 5 points each. Goalie Claes Endre was nearly perfect in net stopping 10 of the 11 shots he faced.

However the big winner of the evening was Lakes Region Youth Hockey Association's Bronson Taylor as he was the first winner of the Shooters shoot out contest between the second and third period. At every Spirit home game three lucky fans are chosen to step on to the ice and attempt to slide the puck home and walk away the winner of a free pizza at Shooters Pizzeria and Tavern. "We were happy to see Bronson get on the scoreboard this evening, he has been working hard on and off the ice to finally net that goal and score a free pizza", joked Spirit coach Ben Tefft. "In all actuality Bronson, and his fellow teammates have been a great addition to the Fighting Spirit family, they have been at nearly every game showing their support for the Spirit. The guys in the locker room really enjoy having them around and if Bronson keeps scoring goals like the one he did last night, he will find himself in a Spirit uniform before he knows it!"

The Fighting Spirit take to the road for their next 3 games as they face off against the Minutemen one more time before heading to Rochester, N.Y. to take on the Roc City Royals. Follow the Spirit on the road by visiting www.fightingspirithockey.com

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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