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Round-up: LHS girls jump out to 2-0 start

The Laconia High School girls' basketball team was not slowed by the weather this week, beating Belmont 41-24 on Wednesday. Junior Erika Marchione led the Sachems with eight points. Laconia, 2-0, heads to Mascoma Valley on Tuesday.

Belmont fell to 1-1 on the season from the loss to Laconia. Senior Chayleigh Cadarette had eight points and 18 rebounds in the loss. The Red Raiders host Berlin (1-0) tonight.

Gilford and Prospect Mountain was postponed along with Winnisquam versus Franklin. Both games will be made up at a later date.

Tonight's matchups will see Prospect Mountain at Farmington, Gilford at White Mountains, Inter-Lakes at Newfound, and Mascoma Valley at Winnisquam.

The boys' basketball season opens tonight when Winnisquam heads Mascoma Valley. The Bears finished last season 14-5, losing in the second round of the postseason. Winnisquam will start three juniors and a pair of seniors this season, including Christian Serrano who was a first team all-state selection last season.

Belmont will look to improve upon last season's 3-15 record. The Red Raiders will be led by Jim Cilley in his first year as head coach in Belmont. The team has a pair of returning seniors and a young squad behind them. "This team is going to give whomever they play 100% of what they have," said Cilley in an email. "They are already getting better, they are committed to the process of becoming a winning team. I couldn't be happier for the direction we are heading." Belmont hosts Somersworth on Tuesday night to open the season.

Laconia opens the year on Tuesday against Mascoma Valley. The Sachems finished last season 10-7 last season and look to improve upon the ten wins. The Sachems doubled their win total from the five win season before.

Prospect Mountain fell to Gilford in the second round of the playoffs last season. The Timberwolves open this season with four consecutive home games, beginning tonight against Farmington.

Gilford finished last season 14-4 and advanced to the quarter-finals. The Golden Eagles hosts White Mountains tonight.

Inter-Lakes hosts Newfound tonight.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 December 2014 07:27

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Junior hockey: Fighting Spirit stand alone atop the East

The New Hampshire Fighting Spirit found themselves in for a battle this weekend against the Roc City Royals. The Spirit were able to win both and collect 4 points in the standings. Friday evening saw the Spirit grind out a 4-1 victory over the Royals as Adam Higdon turned away 22 of the 23 shots he faced to pick up his 9th win of the season and become the top goalie in the NA3EHL. Tyler Burton got the scoring started for the Spirit as he netted his 3rd goal of the season midway through the first period. Roc City scored in the second period to knot the game at one where the score remained until halfway through the third period. The Spirit were able to break open the score a bit as defenseman Ryan Dunfield potted the game winner with 10 minutes to play in the third. Brett Bittner added some insurance as he scored the third Spirit goal 16 seconds later. Grant Lundquist netted his first goal of the season on a power play and give the Spirit a 4-1 lead with 43 seconds left.

Saturday morning's game proved to have more of the back and forth action fans saw Friday night. The Spirit took it to the wire before securing the 4-3 victory over the Royals. David Fish got the Spirit on the board first as he scored his 5th of the season at the 16:07 mark of the first period. Roc City responded by scoring the next two goals, both on the power play, to take the 2-1 lead into the first intermission. Fish struck again, this time on the power play, for his 6th goal of the season, knotting the score at 2 part way through the second period. Tied at 2 as the third period began the Spirit saw themselves behind only 5 minutes in as the Royals capitalized on a Spirit turnover and took the 3-2 lead. Forward Brett Bittner did not let that lead last long as he netted the equalizer just 23 second later by poking the puck past Royals goalie before the whistle blew. The third period was a back and forth affair as both teams had opportunities on the power play and each were able to muster up some quality scoring chances. An untimely penalty taken late by the Roc City Royals had the Fighting Spirit with the man advantage with only a minute to play in the third. Forward Brett Bittner once again had the answer as he capped off the Spirit comeback by firing home a shot in the high slot after taking a feed from teammate Ryan Dunfield. His second of the game came on the power play and with only 25 seconds to play in the game. Spirit goalie Claes Endre shut the door as the time expired and the Spirit got the win 4-3. Endre was solid in net turning away 30 of the 33 shots he faced to grab his 7th win of the season. The Fighting Spirit improved their record to 17-3 on the season and have a comfortable hold on first place in the Eastern Conference of the NA3EHL.

In other news the Fighting Spirit are pleased to announce that goaltender Charlie Smart is on hiatus with the Spirit as he is currently competing in the IIHF World Junior Championships in Jaca, Spain as a member of the Australian National Hockey Team. The tournament will run December 13-19. Additionally, forwards Mike Heffernan and David Fish have been selected to represent the Fighting Spirit on the NA3EHL Top Prospects team that will compete in the NA3HL showcase located in Blaine, Minn. This tournament runs from December 7 to December 9 and will give the NA3EHL players a chance to compete against the other teams in the NA3HL while showcasing their skills to collegiate scouts.

The Fighting Spirit will round out the first half of their season this weekend as they have a home and home series against the New England Stars. Be sure to support the Spirit Saturday night at the Laconia Ice Arena as puck drop is scheduled for 7pm. Saturday's contest will certainly be festive as the Spirit will also host Santa Claus who will be available. Fans in attendance wearing Christmas attire will receive a discount on their ticket price.

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

Last Updated on Monday, 08 December 2014 10:30

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Junior hockey: New England Wolves shut out Walpole Express

The New England Wolves, battling for 1st place in the tightly contested Francis Division of the MJHL, met the league leading Walpole Express at the Laconia Ice Arena on Saturday and Sunday for two highly competitive matches.
The 2-0 win on Saturday night was a total team effort that featured outstanding performances by 2 players in particular. Defenseman Hunter Craig (Limerick, Maine) recorded both power play goals and netminder Zach Skop stopped 40 shots for the shutout. In addition to the on ice action, a laser light show (provided by the Laconia Ice Arena staff), as well as Santa and the Broadway North Wolves Dancers, provided the fans with entertainment. Center, Kevin Morello, also had 2 assists in the effort.
On Friday the 5th, 10 members of the Wolves as well as members of the Laconia Ice Arena rink staff volunteered to unload Christmas trees for the annual Gilford Rotary Christmas Tree sale located at the Cinemas parking lot in Gilford. "It is our ambition to not only develop these young men as hockey players, but to also support, set a good example and give back." said general manager and head coach Andrew Trimble. "We had kids today from as far away as Moscow, Russia and Colorado Springs, Colorado and even my two year old daughter unloading these trees for their local community."
Beginning this upcoming Friday, the Wolves will play 4 games this weekend at the annual Hudson Showcase, in Hudson, N.H. Congrats to Wolves Forward Dillon Smith (Madison, N.H.) as he was awarded Honorable Mention by the MJHL for his performance during the weekend of Dec, 1.
The Wolves Staff would like to thank Justin Dockham of Melcher & Prescott for his sponsorship and support.
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Last Updated on Monday, 08 December 2014 10:25

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LMS girls shut down Alton in 45-16 win

The Laconia Middle School girls' A basketball team was dominant in a 45-16 win over Alton on Dec. 3. Leading scorers for Laconia were Amelia Clairmont with 12, Hannah Dow with 8, Skyler Tautkus and Delaney Ross each with 6, Sydney Stevens scored 5 and Megan Gaspa 4.

Laconia used aggressive defense to force numerous turnovers. Avy Barlett came off the bench and played a solid floor game for Laconia.

The team's next game is Thursday, December 11 at Bow and then Friday, December 12, at Winnisquam.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 December 2014 10:08

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