Junior B hockey: Wolves knock off Warriors to climb divisional ladder

LACONIA — The MJHL New England Wolves, a new Junior Hockey team playing out of the Laconia Ice Arena, scored a decisive, divisional victory over the Valley Jr. Warriors 4-3 on Sunday afternoon at the Laconia Ice Arena. The win moved the Wolves ahead of the Warriors in the standings of the MJHL's Francis Division.
Again pacing the scoring on Sunday afternoon was the line of Dillon Smith (Madison, N.H.), Domenico Senerchia (Walpole, N.H.) and Ben Davidson (Longueiul, Quebec), with a combined 5 points. In nets stopping 20 of 23 shots was Harley Eliason (Glasgow, Mont.).
The teams traded goals until late in the 2nd period when Valley scored a critical goal with less than 5 seconds to go. The Wolves, however, responded in the 3rd period. Controlling most of the play and outshooting Valley by a 2 to 1 margin, the Wolves tied the score at the 8:11 mark as Gorham, Maine's Shawn Sullivan scored a power play goal with a snap shot from the high slot. Less than 4 minutes later the Senerchia/ Smith/ Davidson line would answer the bell once more, scoring the decisive 4th goal.
The MJHL New England Wolves return to action next weekend for 2 games in 2 days, as they take to the road on Saturday to play the Connecticut Nighthawks and Sunday return to the Laconia Ice Arena to play the Northern Cyclones.
Madison, New Hampshire's Dillon Smith was awarded Honorable Mention Player of the Week by the MJHL last week. Dillon is a 1995 birth year forward, and the 2014-15 captain of the team.
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Football round-up: Laconia, Gilford, Winnisquam & Inter-Lakes all in playoff hunt

Laconia fell to DII North Conference leader Kennett 30-20 on Friday night. The Sachems had a 20-16 lead with just over three minutes remaining before Kennett scored a pair of touchdowns a minute apart to slip by the Sachems and remain perfect on the season.

The Sachems, down by 16-7 at the half, out played the Eagles on both sides of the ball for 21 minutes in the second half before the break down. Quarterback Matt Swormstedt hit wide out Andre McNeil for a six yard TD pass to open the scoring in the second half. Swormstedt  scrambled 14 yards for the go ahead 20-16 at the end of the third. The QB had a pair of TD passes and one on the ground to compliment 293 yards passing and 93 yards rushing. Linebacker Keith Schultz led the defense with nine tackles and a sack.

Laconia needs to win Friday night against Kearsarge to earn a playoff berth and the right to head back to Kennett for another shot at the Eagles in the first round of the post-season. Kearsarge helped keep the Sachems playoffs alive on Friday by beating up on Lebanon 41-6. Laconia will honor the seniors at Bank of New Hampshire Stadium during the final game of the regular season.

Winnisquam could not find the end zone in a Saturday afternoon loss to The Bow Falcons 35-0. The 4-3 Bears need a win at Bishop Brady Friday to earn a playoff spot in the DIII post season. Winnisquam ran into a Falcon defense that hasn't given up more than seven points against any opponent this season. Their stingy defense has them working on an undefeated season.

Gilford's Golden Eagles ran over Newfound 59-0 on Saturday and are tied for the DIII north conference lead with Newport. The Golden Eagles host 2-5 Stevens on Saturday before the playoffs begin.

Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough needs a win at Franklin Saturday to assure a playoff spot. The Lakers improved to 4-3 with a 40-8 victory over Mascoma Valley.

Junior A hockey: Fighting Spirit look to grab 1st place this weekend

LACONIA — The New Hampshire Fighting Spirit are prepared for another weekend series kicking off with a game Saturday night against the Maine Wild at the Laconia Ice Arena. The Spirit are looking to stake a claim for sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference after last weekend's sweep of the New England Stars.

"We know that we will have to come ready to compete for 60 full minutes Saturday night. Coach Mike Tenney of the Maine Wild always has his team prepared to compete. We know they will attack the puck in all three zones of the ice, so we need to match their speed and intensity. If we don't make the simple, quick plays we could be in for a long night" said associate head coach Ben Tefft.

The Spirit will compete in another home and home series this weekend with Saturday night's game taking place at the Laconia Ice Arena while Sunday afternoon's contest will be held in Maine. Saturday's game will be sponsored by Crossfit Juggernaut which is the official training facility of the Fighting Spirit and a large part of their early season success. There will be door prizes and giveaways so fans should be sure to arrive early. Pregame for Saturday's contest begins at 6:30 p.m. with puck drop at 7 p.m.

Inter-Lakes volleyball goes for win #10 tonight

The Inter-Lakes High School varsity volleyball team improved to 9-6 tonight with straight set win over Mascoma, 25-5, 25-5, 25-11. Sophomore middle hitter Amanda Kurowski led the way with 23 service points and five kills. Ella Flanders served for 16 straight points in the third set and also notched seven digs to lead the defense. Also contributing were Kaila Martin (four kills, seven points), Julia Brown (three kills) and Rebecca Otis (13 assists, four points). The Lakers finish out the regular season on Friday with a Senior Night match against Pittsfield. The varsity match is scheduled for 6 p.m. The Inter-Lakes JV team will play an intra-squad scrimmage at 4 p.m., as Pittsfield does not have a sub-varsity team.