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Junior A hockey: Fighting Spirit wins in Laconia home opener

The New Hampshire Fighting Spirit earned a hard fought 3-2 victory over the Cape Cod Islanders Friday night at the Laconia Ice Arena. The Spirit came out strong in the first and were able to jump to a 2-0 lead just minutes into the game. At the 17:30 mark of the first period, Spirit forward Mike Heffernan was able to rifle a shot from the top of the circle beating Islanders goalie Kevin Belanger over his shoulder. Nearly three minutes later forward Nick Pino buried a rebound off Belanger's pads to give the Spirit a 2-0 lead just 6 minutes into the game.

Cape Cod opened the scoring in the second period, beating Spirit goaltender Adam Higdon low blocker side at the 12:33 mark. Eight minutes later the Sprit reclaimed the 2 goal lead as forward Mike Callaghan buried a shot directly off the face-off beating Belanger high glove side.

The Spirit were able to feed off the energy of the crowd at the Laconia Ice Arena and had several scoring chances on their multiple power play opportunities but were unable to find the back of the net. The Spirit found themselves in their own penalty trouble late in the third period. With only 3:27 remaining Cape Cod's Isaac Bosse scored on a 5 on 3 power play to bring the contest within one.

The remaining 3 minutes were hectic as the Islanders pressured to tie the game but were unable to do so. A strong effort by Spirit forwards Alex Peddle and Brett Bittner took Cape Cod's chance of scoring away as they were unable to take the puck from them and ran out the remainder of the time in the Cape Cod end. Goalie Adam Higdon was strong in net for the Spirit turning away 17 of the 19 shots he faced.

The Spirit are on the road this weekend at SUNY Morrisville in Central New York for a league wide showcase. They are set to square off with the Syracuse Stampede, Wilkes Barre Miners, and defending playoff champions the Jersey Shore Wildcats. The Spirit are home again on Friday, October 17 as they square off against the New England Stars at 5:45 p.m. at the Laconia Ice Arena. For up to date information on the schedule and stats visit www.fightingspirithockey.com

Last Updated on Monday, 06 October 2014 07:52

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Wavemakers hit the pool, first meet is Oct. 26

The Lakes Region Wavemakers Swim Team has begun their 33rd season. The team is made up of swimmers ages 5-18. The team has begun practice at the Laconia Athletic and Swim Club, with the first meet scheduled for October 26 against Portsmouth Swim Team. Swimmers will work hard over the first few months focusing on technique and building up their endurance. As the season progresses the coaches will continue to fine tune the swimmers and use drills to help them kick harder, turn faster, pull with more force. With the goal of achieving a best time. For more information please refer to the website www.lakesregionwavemakers.com.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 October 2014 07:48

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Laconia Little League elections are on Oct. 20

Laconia Little League will be holding its annual League Elections on Monday, October 20 at 6 p.m. in the Laconia Room at Colby Field. All members of the public are welcome to attend and new members are encouraged to join the active board.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 October 2014 07:45

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Inter-Lakes volleyball earns win #7

The Inter-Lakes High School varsity volleyball team improved to 7-4 on Friday with a strong win on the road at Raymond (25-14, 25-13, 25-13). Leading the way for the Lakers was sophomore middle hitter Amanda Kurowski, who knocked down nine kills while serving 100 percent for 11 points. Terri Folsom added nine service points and four kills. Also contributing were Jordan Durand (eight points, four digs, two kills), Maegan Bunnell (six kills, six points) and Rebecca Otis (19 assists, four kills). Next up for the Lakers is another southern road trip to Trinity on Wednesday. Varsity match is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 October 2014 07:41

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