The New England Wolves hockey team, battling for 1st place in the tightly contested Francis Division of the MJHL won 3 games over the weekend against Southern Conference Opponents at the Hudson, N.H. Holiday Showcase.
First came Friday afternoon's 3-2 victory over the previously 14 win and 3 loss New York Applecore. Wolves Captain Dillon Smith (Madison, N.H.) was the star with 2 goals and 1 assist, along with netminder Harley Eliason (Glasgow, Mont.) who recorded 31 saves in the effort. The Wolves followed the Friday effort up with another outstanding performance at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning against the Brewster Bulldogs. Eliason provided great goaltending once again, backstopping the Wolves to a 4-2 victory as 4 different players scored, including newcomer Hunter Byram (Coventry, Conn.).
In one of the strangest games of the season, the Wolves 5-1 triumph over the New Jersey Renegades on Saturday afternoon, was truly a tale of two halves as the Wolves were dominated in the first half and dominant in the second. In nets was recently acquired goaltender John Hagan of Mentor, Ohio, who endeared himself to his new team by stopping 36 of 37 shots. 5 different scorers potted goals for the Wolves: Phillip Schultz (Lunenberg, Mass.), Ryan Waddell (Sea Girt, N.J.), Kevin Morello (Monroe, N.J.), Jeffrey Scimone (Boxford, Mass.) and Mikhail Astakhov (Moscow, Russia).
On Wednesday Dec. 10, 6 members of the Wolves as well as members of the Laconia Ice Arena rink staff, volunteered to help break down and store the materials for Christmas Village at the Laconia Community Center. Additionally, on Friday morning the Post-High School players on the team visited Daniel Webster College and were given a tour of the facilities and ice arena by new varsity hockey coach Eric McCambly. "To meet school officials, view the campus, and interact with an NCAA hockey coach is a huge opportunity for these kids. This is our second trip of this sort (first was to Plymouth State), and I think it helped to inspire our kids to perform at an elite level this weekend," said coach Andrew Trimble.
Beginning this Friday, the Wolves will play 3 games this weekend before taking a break for the holidays. Congrats to Wolves Players Dillon Smith, Kevin Morello and Hunter Craig (Limerick, Maine) for being selected to the MJHL All- Star Game.
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