Round-up: Winter sports season in full swing this week

The Gilford High School boys' basketball team opened the season with a win against White Mountains 49-32 on Friday night. Nate Davis led the Golden Eagles with nine points in the victory. Gilford heads to Winnisquam on Tuesday and Kearsarge on Friday.
Winnisquam opened their season with a 67-44 victory at Mascoma Valley. Torrey Martinez had 20 points for the Bears. Winnisquam hosts Gilford tonight and will visit Inter-Lakes on Friday.
The Lakers downed Newfound, 76-46 in Inter-Lakes' home opener. Dillon Dow led all scorers with 26 points for the Lakers. Inter-Lakes visits Franklin tonight and hosts Winnisquam on Friday.
Prospect Mountain fell to Farmington in their opener 58-42. The Timberwolves will host Berlin tonight and Sanborn on Thursday.
Tonight, Belmont opens up their season against Somersworth and Laconia will host Mascoma Valley.
Girls' basketball
Gilford (2-0) won their second game of the season, 55-35, over White Mountains on Friday night. The Golden Eagles were led by a Maddie Harris with 10 points. Gilford will host Winnisquam tonight and Kearsarge on Friday to open their home schedule.
Belmont fell to 1-3 after a 51-47 loss to Berlin on Friday night. Cassie Contigiani and Chayleigh Cadarette had 12 points each in the Belmont loss. The Red Raiders are in Somersworth tonight.
Prospect Mountain rolled past Farmington 74-35. Amelia Duane had 17 points on the evening for the victors. The 1-1 Timberwolves head to Berlin tonight and Sanborn on Friday.
Laconia (2-0) will be at Mascoma Valley tonight and will host Newfound on Friday.
Winnisquam (0-2) fell to Mascoma Valley 57-31 on Friday evening. The Bears are at Gilford tonight and will host Inter-Lakes on Friday.
The Lakers (0-2) fell to Newfound 61-33 on Friday. The Lakers host Franklin tonight and visit Winnisquam on Friday.
Ice hockey
The Bulldogs of Gilford-Belmont head into the season looking to get past the semi-finals, where they fell to DIII champion Souhegan last season. The team returns senior captains, forward Andrew D'Amour and defenseman Brogan Hurst. Belmont-Gilford, 15-3 last season, will begin the 2014-15 campaign tomorrow night against Laconia-Winnisquam.
The Wolfpack posted a 7-11 record last season and fell to Souhegan in the first round of the playoffs. Laconia-Winnisquam will visit Gilford/Belmont tomorrow night and host Sanborn on Saturday.
Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes will host Sanborn tomorrow and head to head to Kennett on Saturday.

Junior hockey: Fighting Spirit to take on the New England Stars

The New Hampshire Fighting Spirit are set to take on the New England Stars in a home and home series over the weekend. These two games will mark the end to the first half of the Spirit's season which has them boasting a record of 17-3 thus far and sitting atop the Eastern Conference of the NA3EHL. So far this season the Spirit have scored 94 goals while only giving up a total of 35 through 20 games. Their goal differential of +59 is second in the league and something the Spirit look to continue improving in the second half.

The Spirit will travel to the New England Stars for Friday night's contest which will also be a tribute game to one of the former players the New England Stars lost last year in a car accident. "We know there will be a lot of emotion involved in that game, we are honored the Stars would choose us as the opponent for such a special event. We know they are on our heels in the standings and will come out ready to go, we need to be ready as well" says Spirit captain Mike Callaghan.

The Spirit will play host to the Stars Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m. as the Spirit Christmas Game night will be sponsored by Proforma Piper Printing. There will be plenty of action both on and off the ice as the Spirit have invited Santa to attend the game for photos and wish list consultations. Fans in attendance showing their Christmas spirit by wearing their Christmas attire will receive $1 off admission price.

For more information on the Spirit and their schedule please visit their website at

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.

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