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Fighting Spirit Roll Over the East Coast Minutemen

The New Hampshire Fighting Spirit trounced the East Coast Minutemen 16-1 on Wednesday night at the Laconia ice Arena. In their second of three straight contests against the Minutemen the Spirit had no shortage of power during the game. Every Fighting Spirit player was able to register at least one point during the contest. The Spirit offense was led by forwards Alex Peddle and Brett Bittner and defenseman Josh Crane as they each had strong showings racking up 5 points each. Goalie Claes Endre was nearly perfect in net stopping 10 of the 11 shots he faced.

However the big winner of the evening was Lakes Region Youth Hockey Association's Bronson Taylor as he was the first winner of the Shooters shoot out contest between the second and third period. At every Spirit home game three lucky fans are chosen to step on to the ice and attempt to slide the puck home and walk away the winner of a free pizza at Shooters Pizzeria and Tavern. "We were happy to see Bronson get on the scoreboard this evening, he has been working hard on and off the ice to finally net that goal and score a free pizza", joked Spirit coach Ben Tefft. "In all actuality Bronson, and his fellow teammates have been a great addition to the Fighting Spirit family, they have been at nearly every game showing their support for the Spirit. The guys in the locker room really enjoy having them around and if Bronson keeps scoring goals like the one he did last night, he will find himself in a Spirit uniform before he knows it!"

The Fighting Spirit take to the road for their next 3 games as they face off against the Minutemen one more time before heading to Rochester, N.Y. to take on the Roc City Royals. Follow the Spirit on the road by visiting www.fightingspirithockey.com

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Junior hockey: Casey Leads the Way as Spirit Stay Perfect at Home

In an afternoon where the Moultonborough fan club was in attendance, local Spirit player Tim Casey didn't disappoint. The New Hampshire Fighting Spirit were able to defeat the East Coast Minutemen 5-0 and Casey was a factor in 4 of the 5 goals. Outshooting their opponents by a margin of 66-13, the Spirit were in total control of the contest. Newcomer Ryan Dunfield got his first goal of the season as he took a feed from Casey and wired home a shot just under the crossbar 5 minutes in. Minutemen goalie Aidan Critchlow turned away 61 of the 66 shots he faced and was the main factor in keeping the game close. Casey was able to net back to back goals in the second, one while the Spirit were shorthanded to increase the lead to 3-0. Nick Pino added another as he chipped home a pass from teammate Andrew Gass before the second period ended. Fellow Moultonborough native Simon Campbell also netted his first of the season as he poked home a rebound 43 seconds into the third to increase the margin to 5-0. Australia native Charlie Smart made his first start of the season and was perfect as he turned away all 13 shots he faced. "We were happy with the effort our guys put forth this afternoon. Anytime you face a team like the Minutemen you have to be able to play your game, they have a few players that can make stuff happen and if you aren't at your best they can sneak up on you", said associate head coach Ben Tefft. "This is a crucial point in our season as we face off against the Minutemen two more times before we head into Thanksgiving break. We need to be at our best for these next two games and continue the progress we have made thus far."

The Fighting Spirit host the Minutemen again on Wednesday November 19 at the Laconia Ice Arena. Warm up begins at 6:15 with game time starting at 6:45 p.m. For up to date stats and schedule visit the Fighting Spirit website at www.fightingspirithockey.com

Last Updated on Monday, 17 November 2014 09:11

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Junior hockey: Wolves have 2 home games this week

The MJHL New England Wolves, a new junior hockey team playing out of the Laconia Ice Arena, will host two home games this upcoming week. Currently sitting in 3rd place, the Wolves look to gain four valuable points against their northern division rivals.
On Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. at the Laconia Ice Arena the Wolves will play host to the Northern Cyclones. Always an exciting matchup, each contest they have faced one another this season has been decided by 1 goal. Following the midweek contest, on Saturday at 4:45 p.m., the Wolves will host the Boston Bandits, last year's MJHL champion.
For all home games this week, all kids under age 14 are encouraged the "Paint the Rink Red", and wear either their Lakes Region Lakers away game Jerseys or any other red top. In doing so, all kids will receive free Wolves "Fangs", and have the opportunity to meet the team in the locker room after the game.
Congratulations to Madison, N.H.'s Dillon Smith, who was awarded 3rd Star Player of the Week by the MJHL last week. Additionally, coach Trimble who like to recognize the Wolves' sponsors; the Water Street Café, Jill Baron Illustration, Ztending Goalie Schools, Emily Clement Life Coach, Swift Cleaning and the Laconia Ice Arena.
For more information, visit- www.americanhockeyinstitute.com or www.scoringconcepts.com .

Last Updated on Monday, 17 November 2014 09:04

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GIlford football's postseason run ends in Newport

Gilford headed to Newport on Saturday for the second time this season and came home with the same result, a loss. The Golden Eagles fell to Newport 38-22 in the DIII North Conference finals, ending the season 8-2. Penalties hurt Gilford throughout the game but were especially painful when flags caused two touchdowns to be called back. The Golden Eagles committed 13 penalties for 122 yards total, five of which were personal fouls.
Senior Max Troiano led the offense with 148 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown. Junior quarterback Carter Mercer threw for 242 yards on 15 completions with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Both of the Golden Eagle losses this year came in Newport. Gilford had the second seed in the North Conference with a 7-1 record. The Golden Eagles advanced to the conference championship game by beating Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough 28-13 the week prior. The Lakers had knocked Gilford out in the first round of the postseason last year.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 November 2014 09:02

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