Junior hockey: Spirit travel to Lockport for final showcase

The New Hampshire Fighting Spirit are on the road this weekend to Lockport, N.Y. for the third and final league showcase. The Spirit will take on the Jersey Shore Wildcats in their first game of the weekend and will look to be the first to defeat the defending playoff champions. That game is set to take place Friday at 5:30 p.m. In their second game the Spirit will take on the Wilkes Barre Miners who have played the Spirit tough this season losing 4-3 in overtime in their first meeting and 4-3 in regulation during their second contest. That game is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday. In their final game the Spirit will face off against the Syracuse Stampede who have been their biggest rival for the past three seasons. Puck drop for the Syracuse game is set for 11 a.m. Sunday.

The Fighting Spirit return home to the Laconia Ice Arena for a contest against the East Coast Minutemen on Wednesday January 21. Puck drop for that game is 5:30 p.m.

For more information on the Spirit and their schedule please visit their website at www.fightingspirithockey.com. You can also follow the Spirit for live up to date scores and stats on Facebook and Twitter.

Round-up: Bulldogs knock off Renegades 6-1 for 4th win of the season

Belmont-Gilford hockey improved to 4-1 after a 6-1 victory over Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes on Wednesday evening. Junior Caleb Drouin had three goals and an assist in the contest. The Bulldogs have scored five or more goals in their four wins this season while allowing, on average, less than a goal a game during the same span. B-G visits Kennett tomorrow.

The Renegades fall to 2-4 after the B-G loss. Gus Kromer had the lone goal for M-I-L. The Renegades head to ConVal tomorrow.

Laconia-Winnisquam dropped their second consecutive game by the score of 5-0. The recent loss came against Berlin on Wednesday. The Wolfpack (2-4) head to Souhegan tomorrow afternoon.

Boys' basketball

Gilford bounced back from the weekend loss with a 71-52 victory over Farmington. Junior Zach Djabelarbim had 14 points in the victory. The Golden Eagles (4-2) visit Bow tonight.

Laconia (2-3) fell below .500 after a 56-30 loss to Berlin. The Sachems host Newfound tonight.

Belmont's losing streak extended to five games after a 57-30 loss to Franklin. Matt Pluskis had 10 points in the loss. The Red Raiders (1-5) are at Campbell tonight.

Inter-Lakes fell to Berlin 53-29 over the weekend and Moultonborough 48-47. Dillon Dow had a game-high 24 years for the Lakers. I-L host Mascoma Valley tonight.

Winnisquam rolled over White Mountains 85-41 on Tuesday. The 5-1 Bears are at Fall Mountain tonight.

Prospect Mountain visits Berlin tonight.

Girls' basketball

Belmont improved to 5-3 after a 32-24 victory over Franklin. Chayleigh Cadarette had 18 points in the win. The Red Raiders host Campbell tonight.

Gilford (8-0) remained unbeaten after a 71-29 win over Farmington. The Golden Eagles host Bow tonight.

Inter-Lakes fell to 0-7 after a 43-30 loss to Moultonborough Academy. The Lakers head to Mascoma Valley tonight.

Laconia (5-2) bested Berlin 43-38 on Tuesday evening. Kailey Nute led all scorers with 20 points. The Sachems Host White Mountains tonight.

Prospect Mountain lost their third game in a row, the recent was against Somersworth 46-37. The Lakers host Berlin tonight.

Winnisquam fell to 1-6 on Tuesday evening. The Bears hosted Fall Mountain last night after.

Gunstock Ski Club holds 50th Annual Gus Pitou Memorial Giant Slalom

The Gunstock Ski Club had a full field of racers for the 50th Annual Gus Pitou Memorial Race on Sunday. The NH Alpine Racing Association (NHARA) "open" event was attended by 27 boys and girls, aged 8 to 14, from race programs across New Hampshire. The race is held annually by the GSC in memory of Gus Pitou, Gilford resident and Olympian Penny Pitou's father, who died at the age of 53 in 1965 after Penny's Olympic triumphs. Gus Pitou contributed greatly to the growth of junior skiing in the Lakes Region in the 1950s and 1960s. Although he loved to ski, his passion was teaching the sport to young children. The first Gus Pitou Memorial Giant Slalom was held in 1966 by the Gunstock Ski Club, the year after his death.
Trophies for the winners were given to racers in the top 5 places and medals to places 6 through 10. Penny Pitou was the presenter.
In the U-10 girls division, Alina Horsley from Sunapee took the top spot, Emma Sanders from GSC was second and Elizabeth Harrell from Sunapee came in third. U-10 boys had Tanner Robbins from the Gunstock Ski Club in first, Samuel Sacerdote from Ford Sayre in second and Zander Doyle from Ford Sayre in third place.
U-12 girl winners were Brianna Martindale from Sunapee in first, Jordan Galluzzo from Sunapee in second, and Charlotte Marston from Gunstock in third. Boys in U-12 were Justin Colby in third and Jackson Lalla in second (both from Sunapee), and Mitchell Berry from Gunstock in first.
U-14 trophies for girls went to Anya Elder from Gunstock in first, Riley Craft from Ford Sayre in second, and Madison Morris from Gunstock in third. Boys awards went to Christopher Golden from Sunapee in first, Drew Curtis from Gunstock in second, and Kenneth Colby from Sunapee in third.
The U-14 winners, Anya Elder and Christopher Golden, will have their names engraved on the permanent Gus Pitou Trophies that remain in the GSC Clubhouse on display.
The race was held on the Tiger trail at Gunstock and run entirely by the parent volunteers of the GSC. The Gunstock Ski Club is a parent-managed, non-profit program sanctioned by the US Ski Association and designed to offer youth skiers instruction and training to develop skills as good and safe racers as well as a lifelong passion for the sport of skiing. GSC was established in 1918 and is the oldest ski club in the state of NH. The next event at GSC will be a U-16-18-21 Tecnica Cup Slalom on January 18. For more information about the Gunstock Ski Club and its programs check out www.gunstockskiclub.org.

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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