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.


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.

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.

Junior hockey — Wolves shuffle roster to prepare for playoff fight

The New England Wolves, open up 2015 with a 2 game home- stand, January 10 and 11, against Francis Division leader the Vermont Lumberjacks. The Lumberjacks are paced by one of the league's youngest stars and a player who has attracted significant NCAA D1 and NHL interest, 1998 birth year defenseman Markuss Komuls of Riga Latvia (44 points in 32 games). The month of January and each team's performance will factor in heavily in the MJHL playoff seeding.

So far on the season the Wolves have been led by leading goal scorer Dillon Smith of Madison, N.H. and point leader Kevin Morello of Monroe, N.J. The team has had stellar goaltending provided by Zach Skop of Milford, N.J. and Harley Eliason of Glasgow, Mont. In addition to Smith, the team has 8 New Hampshire natives on their active roster; Peter Marshall, Josh Grasso and Owen Richard of Wolfeboro, Bryce Ricker of Laconia, Dom Senerchia of Walpole, Andrew D'Amour of Belmont and Brogan Hurst of Gilford.

Complementing the current roster, Wolves GM Andrew Trimble signed or traded for several players over the Holiday break in order to bolster his roster for a playoff run. Newly acquired Forwards Ryan Padden of Fort Peck, Mont., Jared Wood of Gorham, Maine, and Kyle Lopes of Monte Sereno, Calif., all have either Junior Hockey experience or have participated in the USA Hockey National Tournament.

Goaltender John Hagan of Mentor, Ohio was acquired in a trade with the New Jersey Renegades. "Our goaltenders have all received interest from our EHL team in Waterville, and bringing in a kid like John provides that we will have quality goaltending when our kids move up to the next level," said Asst. Coach Mike Potenza.

The Wolves open up 2015 at home against the Lumberjacks on Saturday, Jan. 10, with a 4:15 p.m. puck drop. Admission is free for kids under 12. The Broadway North Wolves Dancers will provide entertainment between the 2nd and 3rd periods. Sunday's home game against the Lumberjacks is slated to start at 9 a.m. All entrants are encouraged to "Paint the Rink Red" by wearing a Red-colored top such as a Lakes Region Lakers Away game jersey.

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Junior hockey — Spirit goalie wins medal at World Junior Championships

The New Hampshire Fighting Spirit have returned from their holiday break and look to kick off 2015 the way they ended 2014. After three intense practice days the Spirit will face off against the East Coast Minutemen on Wednesday, January 7 at 3 p.m. This game will be played at the Laconia Ice Arena though it will be the Minutemen who are the home team, due to this being a makeup game from a previous contest. The Minutemen have struggled thus far and have yet to win a game. However, they are rejuvenated from the holiday break by picking up four new European players that should add to their lineup. "We know the Minutemen have improved since we played them last and we need to be ready to compete on Wednesday" says Spirit coach Ben Tefft. "Coming off of a long break like this we expect there to be some ups and downs within the game, we need to manage those and keep our play simple. There is no need to complicate our efforts by straying from our systems. As long as we stick to what we have in place and compete we will be fine."

Spirit goaltender Charlie Smart rejoins the team in the New Year after competing with team Australia at the IIHF World Junior Championships in Spain. Australia won their first medal at the World Junior Championships by taking home bronze in the event. Smart was the main reason for this as he led Australia with a 2-0-1 record while posting a 1.99 goals against average and a 96.23 save percentage. Charlie turned away 153 of the 159 shots he faced giving up only 6 goals the entire tournament. His performance not only led Australia to bronze but also nabbed him the Best Goaltender of the Tournament award as chosen by the Tournament staff. "We are very proud of Charlie and how well he played at the World Juniors, he is a great young man with a very bright future ahead of him. Any time you can compete and represent your country and have a performance like Charlie did it is a special moment that he will never forget," says Tefft.

Apart from their game Wednesday the Spirit will travel to Biddeford, Maine this weekend to take on the Maine Wild. They will take on the Wild Saturday night in Biddeford with Sunday's contest being held at the Laconia Ice Arena at 1:45 p.m. For more information on the Spirit and their schedule please visit their website at