Golden Eagles spoil homecoming for Fall Mountain Wildcats

After losing a heart breaker in their own homecoming game last week, the Gilford Golden Eagles bounced back in a big way, dropping the Fall Mountain Wildcats 41-0 at their own homecoming. On the road for the second time this season, the Golden Eagles faced adversity before their game even began. Their bus initially took a wrong turn resulting in the team arriving nearly an hour late and had several players suffering from road sickness. The tardiness forced the team into an abbreviated pregame warmup and to top it off, three defensive starters were not in the game at kickoff. All this seemed to do was liven up the team as they shut down the Wildcats in three plays and then proceeded to score on their opening drive as sophomore Jackson Spooner took an inside handoff and raced 31 yards for his first TD of the season. After that it was all Gilford as the offensive line led the way, allowing the team to gain 408 yards on the ground, behind Senior Max Troiano's career high 220 yards and 3 TDs on only 13 carries. Fellow senior Spencer Macevoy added a late TD on a 58 yard fullback dive to close out the offensive outburst.

After giving up the ball seven times in last week's loss to Newport, Gilford managed to control the ball in otherwise sloppy conditions. While playing in a constant rain, the Golden Eagles had no turnovers while recovering one of the Wildcats three fumbles. Junior Carter Mercer, the state's leading passer with over 600 yards and 8 TDs was limited to only three passes for no yards, but did take a miss-handled snap and hit Senior Kyle Gaudet for the two-point conversion after the team's initial TD. Head coach Shawn Garrett credited Mercer with excellent game management, controlling the tempo and using the clock efficiently. He added, "This was a game that we were looking to establish the inside run and establish a good offensive pace." The team accomplished both as they converted over half of their plays into either first downs or TDs and scored twice on runs between center and guard.

Special teams, led by first year coach Steve Pouliot, had their day too as Senior Bech Stecher took the Wildcat's lone kickoff 79 yards and a TD.

Much of the credit can be placed in the hands of the Gilford defensive as they shut out an opponent for the second time this season, limiting Fall Mountain to an impressive 6 total yards of
offense. The Wildcat QB was sacked 7 times and held to negative 52 rushing yards, with senior Sean Mulcahy pacing the defensive line.
Sophomore Dom Troiano, with two interceptions this season, looked to add another one on a sensational catch in the third quarter but the play was negated by an untimely holding call.

The Golden Eagles (3-1) will travel to Mascoma (2-2) next Saturday. Game time has been pushed back to 3:30 p.m. to accommodate SAT testing

Junior B hockey: Wolves collect two more wins

The MJHL New England Wolves, one of the Junior Hockey teams playing out of the Laconia Ice Arena, scored two dramatic victories over the weekend against northern New England Junior Hockey powerhouses.
On Friday night in Haverhill, Massachusetts, the Wolves defeated the Valley JR Warriors 2-1, and followed that up with an even more impressive 4-3 OT win at home on Sunday against the rival, and 2013-14 EHL Champion, Northern Cyclones.
Conway, N.H. native Dillon Smith paced the comeback on Sunday that saw the Wolves fall behind 2-0 before the first 2 minutes were completed in the game, and 3-1 before the first period was out. Rallying to tie the game on the strength of Dillon Smith's 1 goal and 2 assists, the Wolves battled back to tie the game, and won it in overtime on a goal from Monroe, N.J. native, Kevin Morello. Goaltender Zach Skop, a Milford, N.J. native who is currently living in Gilford, was in nets for both Wolves victories.
In addition to the on-ice action, Broadway North Dance Studio in Belmont, N.H. provided intermission entertainment on Saturday evening's game against the Valley JR Warriors.
The MJHL New England Wolves return to action next weekend for 3 games in 2 days, as they take to the road for the MJHL Columbus Day Showcase in Brooklyn, New York. In addition, to their on-ice MJHL competition, the MJHL New England Wolves will be assisting this week with 3 youth hockey programs skill practices, the Henniker Huskies on Monday night, the Lakes Region Lakers on Tuesday night, and the Rochester Blackhawks on Thursday.
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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

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