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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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.

Round-up: Girls' basketball season underway

Girls' basketball kicked off the winter sports season on Friday evening. The Sachems, looking to improve upon the 12-6 season from the past two seasons, began the season with a 60-24 win over the Lakers. Sachem junior Cali Swormstedt led all scorers with 27 points in the victory. The Sachems return nine players from last season's squad. Laconia will head to Belmont tonight.
Inter-Lakes will look to bounce back from the loss to Laconia Friday night at Newfound.
Belmont finished last season at 9-9 and advanced to the second round before losing to Newfound. The Red Raiders return four seniors and five under classmen. Senior Chayleigh Cadarette led the Red Raiders with 15 points and 20 rebounds in a 45-34 victory at White Mountains in the season opener. Belmont hosts Laconia tonight.
Gilford rolled past Winnisquam 72-37 to open their season. Freshman Brooke Beaudet had 16 points to lead the game in scoring. The Golden Eagles return eight players from the quarter-final team that fell to defending DIII champion Campbell. Gilford went 10-8 in the regular season last year. The Golden Eagles host Prospect Mountain tonight.
Winnisquam fell to Campbell in the second round of last season's tournament. The Bears won five of their last seven to finish the regular season 9-9. This year's squad returns only three players from last year's second round team. The Bears look to rebound from the loss to Gilford at Franklin tonight.
Prospect Mountain fell to Pelham 74-46. The Timberwolves finished last season 9-9, losing in the first round to Belmont. Five players return from last season. The Timberwolves will be in action tonight at Gilford.

LMS boys steal a win in Alton

The Laconia Middle School boys' A-team opened the season with a road game against Alton. This one turned out to be a nailbiter, as Alton gave the Sachems all they could handle. Laconia's shooting guard Ryan Chaisson led all scorers with 16 points while center Ryan Paiva recorded 8 points and 11 rebounds. With 2:30 left in the game, the young Sachems were trailing 35-30. They went into their full court press and were able to create several turnovers. Chaisson stole the ball on 3 consecutive inbounds plays which led to points for the Sachems. The defensive pressure was too much for Alton and Laconia took the victory, 38-30. It was an exciting way to start the season as the Sachems look ahead to Bow for their next matchup.