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Junior hockey: Spirit game suspended due to ice conditions

The Fighting Spirit got off to a strong start in 2015, however it was short lived. After amassing a 4-0 lead over the East Coast Minutemen the game had to be postponed before the 2nd period began due to ice conditions. Along the boards in front of the visiting teams bench there was a significant section of ice that had chipped away and left a substantial sized rut. After the coaching staffs, referees, and arena officials discussed the situation it was ultimately deemed unsafe to continue as the reparative measures taken were rendered ineffective. The game will be rescheduled at which point the Spirit will begin with the 4-0 lead they had and the game will start at the beginning of the second period. "We liked the way we began, returning from break is always difficult. We managed the puck well in the first and made simple plays early that allowed us to obtain a four goal lead" says Tyler Simmons, who joins the Spirit as an additional coach. "Unfortunately these types of things happen and we will have to regroup and refocus on the Minutemen when the time comes, as of now we are preparing for our weekend series against the Maine Wild."

The Spirit will start a home and home series with the Maine Wild on Saturday as they travel to Biddeford, Maine for a 5:30 p.m. start. The Spirit will host the Maine Wild Sunday afternoon at the Laconia Ice Arena with the game set to start at 1:45 p.m. "We know the Wild are healthy as they were bitten by the injury bug in the beginning of the season. Either way we need to be ready to compete as the Wild have good skill but more importantly compete every shift. They are one of the hardest working teams in our league and if you are not focused, can sneak up on you" says Simmons.

For more information on the Spirit and their schedule please visit www.fightingspirithockey.com

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 January 2015 06:57

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Belmont boys win Middle School Holiday Tournament

The Belmont Middle School boys' A basketball team won the Laconia Belmont School Holiday Tournament during Christmas break, after battling its way back from the losers bracket to capture the championship. In their first game against rival Laconia, the Bulldogs lost a close matchup by two points that came down to the wire, with Belmont missing several chances to tie the game in the closing moments. Having to play out of the losers bracket, Belmont took on Merrimack Valley Middle School and coasted to a win. Next up for Belmont was a good Kennett Middle School team with a chance to move them into the championship game vs Laconia. Things did not start well for the Bulldogs in the game against Kennett, and it appeared their hope of playing for the title was lost when they were trailing by 10 points at halftime, 20-10. But the boys from Belmont cranked up their defensive effort in the second half, holding Kennett to only three points the whole second half, allowing the Bulldogs to mount their comeback and defeat Kennett. After climbing their way back up through the losers bracket, the Bulldogs earned a second shot at Laconia in the championship game. The boys from Belmont continued their great defensive effort in this game as well. Both teams played good, hard defense, keeping the score at 2-1 after the first quarter. Belmont continued to play smothering defense throughout the game, defeating Laconia 23-17 to win the championship. It was an exciting game played by both teams. The Belmont coach, players and fans would like to thank Laconia for hosting a great tournament.

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 January 2015 06:32

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Round-up: Laconia girls topple Plymouth 41-23

The Laconia Girls' basketball team ran past DII rival Plymouth with the score of 41-23 on Tuesday evening. Kailey Nute led the way with 19 points in the win. The 4-1 Sachems will host Belmont tonight.

Gilford improved to 6-0 after a 51-35 win over Belmont. The Golden Eagles were led by Stevie Orton and her 12 points. Gilford visits Newport tonight.

Belmont fell to 3-3 in the loss to Gilford. Chay Cadarette led the Red Raiders with 16 points. Belmont visits Laconia tonight.

Winnisquam could not get past Franklin 48-45 on Tuesday evening. Caitlin Dumont led Winnisquam with 14 points. The 1-5 Bears host White Mountains tonight.

Inter-Lakes remained winless after a 56-33 loss to Newfound. Kylie Dickinson has 10 points in the loss. The Lakers are in Berlin tonight.

Prospect Mountain (2-3) is at Campbell tonight.

Boys' basketball

Winnisquam dropped their first game of the season to Franklin, 62-56 on Tuesday evening. Christian Serrano had 17 points in the loss. The Bears will look to rebound from the loss at White Mountains tonight.

Gilford improved to 4-1 after running past Belmont 60-27. The Golden Eagles host Newport tonight.

Belmont fell to 1-4 in the loss. The Red Raiders host Laconia tonight.

The 1-2 Sachems fell to Plymouth 49-36. Laconia heads to Belmont tonight.

Inter-Lakes (2-2) topped newfound 77-55 on Tuesday. The Lakers host Berlin tonight.

Prospect Mountain (0-3) hosts Campbell in their fourth consecutive home game.

Hockey

Laconia/Winnisquam skated past Moultonborough/Inter-Lakes 5-2 on four unanswered goals in the third period. Brayden Harriman had 29 saves in the win. Both teams are now 2-2 on the season. Saturday the Wolfpack host Kennett and the Renegades visit John Stark.

Belmont/Gilford fell to 2-1 on the season after a loss to Berlin, 3-1 on Wednesday. The Bulldogs will welcome Kearsarge on Saturday.

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 January 2015 06:24

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Wolfpack scores 4 in the 3rd to take win #2

LACONIA — The Laconia-Winnisquam Wolfpack scored four unanswered goals in the third period to skate past Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes, 5-2 on Wednesday evening. "It was a good overall win," head coach TJ Galligan said. "Everyone did what they were supposed to tonight."

The Renegades opened the scoring when Allyssa McCarthy found a rebound in front of the net and deposited it behind Laconia-Winnisquam's Brayden Harriman with 4:40 remaining in the first period. The Wolfpack evened the score 11 seconds later when Nick Snyder found the back of the net on a wrist shot to the top shelf.

Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes took the lead in the second on a breakaway off a Wolfpack turnover when Cody Burns collected a loose puck and scored on a shot to the stick side of Harriman.

The Wolfpack came out in the third and evened the score once again 2:30 into the period on a backhander from Josh Shelvin. Laconia would add a pair of shorthanded goals from Snyder and Shelvin.

"I think we have the best goalie in the league in Brayden Harriman," added Galligan. "With him all we have to do is work hard in front of him. Our goal is the playoffs and we are making progress."

After Wednesday's game, both teams stood at 2-2 on the season. Laconia/Winnisquam hosts Kennett and Moultonborough/Inter-Lakes will visit John Stark on Saturday.

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 January 2015 06:02

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