LACONIA — The American Hockey Institute's New England Wolves Junior Hockey team will be playing at the Laconia Ice Arena for the 2014-15 Metropolitan Junior Hockey League season.
After three independent seasons, the Wolves have decided to take advantage of new opportunities and will field two elite Junior level teams competing in the both the Eastern Hockey League and the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League.
The top team in the EHL, composed of all post- graduate players, will remain at the Wolves' Waterville Valley facility. The new MJHL team or "Met team", featuring players in birth years 1995-1998, will play out of Laconia Ice Arena, sharing the facility with the Lakes Region's other new Junior Hockey franchise, the American Hockey Institute's Fighting Spirit.
With a new year, new leagues and a new team, the American Hockey Institute will also be making some coaching changes. Andrew Trimble, Gilford resident and owner of hockey training business Scoring Concepts LLC, has been hired as the Assistant General Manager for the program and the Head Coach for the MJHL team.
''We look forward to growing the great relationships with sponsors, players, parents, press, and all of our local hockey fans—and giving back to the Lakes Region community,'' says Trimble.
He took this position after a successful two year run at Kingswood Regional High School in Wolfeboro, where in his first year with the program, his team's posted the first winning season in 9 years and followed that with the only back to back playoff appearances in over a decade. His success in the 2012-2013 season led to him being voted as the NHIAA DII Coach of the Year and Foster's Daily Democrat "Dream Team" Coach.
He comes from a three generation Hockey family: his grandfather, Dick Trimble, was employed by the NHL for over 25 years and won the 1990-91 John J. McMullen Award for service to New Jersey Ice Hockey and his father, Rick, has published 3 successful volumes of "The Ultimate Hockey Drill Book".
Coach Trimble grew up playing in the Brick Hockey Club and ended his career at Manasquan High School as the program's all-time leading scorer, MVP of his conference, an All-Shore selection, All-Tournament for the 97′ Garden State Games, Manasquan HS Hall of Fame Award, and a selection to the 98′ NJ State Senior All-Star Game.
Trimble went on to play and serve as Assistant Captain for the Laconia Leafs Junior Hockey Team in Laconia, and NCAA Hockey for SUNY Buffalo State. Aside from his duties
with Scoring Concepts, Trimble is a Financial Advisor with Points North Financial, an independent Investment Consulting firm in Wolfeboro. He briefly played professionally for the NJ Spartans (CAHA).
Anyone interested in getting involved as a sponsor, host family, or volunteer should contact
For more information, visit www.americanhockeyinstitute.com or www.scoringconcepts.com
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 June 2014 06:46
The Belmont U-12 All Stars won the 2014 Gilford Invitational Cal Ripken tournament this past weekend. It was a 4 team tournament with teams from Belmont, Gilford, Lakes Region and Mt. Washington Valley. On Friday night Belmont won the most exciting game of the tourney, trailing a very strong Gilford team 5-0 in the 5th inning, Belmont scored 6 runs in the 5th and held Gilford off in the 6th for the comeback victory. Belmont lost to Mt Washington Valley 8-4 on Saturday and beat Lakes Region 9-4 Sunday at noon. The 2-1 record put Belmont in the finals to play MVW for a second time, this time they won 10-7 to capture the championship.
Belmont won this tournament with a team effort. Three different pitchers picked up wins in the tourney and two pitchers recorded saves. In all, Belmont used 8 pitchers and 4 catchers throughout the tournament. Belmont used 13 players over the 3 days with very different lineups all 4 games. All the kids on the team hit very well and played great defense.
Coach Brett Sottak would like to thank Jamie Boucher and the entire Gilford Cal Ripken program for putting on a great tournament. This is Belmont's 3rd year in Cal Ripken, they have done inter-league play with Gilford all 3 years and played in this tourney all 3 years, it has been a great experience for the Belmont teams with fun, healthy competition with the host team. Coach Sottak would also like to thank his players' parents for their great support and very positive, classy cheering throughout the 3 day tournament. He needs to thank the assistant coaches, Dave Garrett, Dave Gilbert and Al Gilbert, three good guys who are great with the kids and really know their baseball. Lastly, and most importantly, he'd like to congratulate the 13 players for their very impressive play. Two more weeks until Districts, this was a great way to start the All Star season for Belmont.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 June 2014 06:36
The Laconia Muskrats (1-4) opened the season last weekend on the wrong side of the win-loss column. The slow start began on opening day when the Muskrats hosted the Vermont Mountaineers losing 5-0. Jordan Sheffield (Vanderbilt) started for the Muskrats, lasting six innings, striking out five and giving up two walks. Vermont scored a pair off of Sheffield on a wild pitch and an error. The Muskrats tallied five hits on the evening.
Saturday night ended in similar fashion, losing 5-0 to the Keene Swamp Bats. Jack English got the nod in Keene going four innings, punching out five, and walking three. The Swamp Bats did the most damage in the fourth inning scoring four runs. The Muskrats were held to 2 hits in the shutout.
Laconia continued the scoring drought in the third game of the season, hosting Sanford Maine. The highlight of the evening was the pitching performance from Marino Rivera, Jr. (Iona). Rivera gave up his only run in the top of the first then settled down to throw five scoreless innings after. Rivera had seven K's and three walks while giving up only four hits over the six frames. Sanford tacked on an insurance run in the ninth and prevailed 2-0. The Muskrats were again held to two hits, totaling nine in the first three games.
The scoreless streak ended in the fourth inning of Tuesday night's road game in Holyoke. Christopher Beall (Arizona State University) drove in the first run of the season for the Muskrats. The Valley Blue Sox evened the score in the sixth, but the tie was short lived in the Muskrats' first victory of the season. Laconia scored two in the seventh to seal the win 3-1.
Wednesday night Laconia had a two run lead heading into the ninth until the Waves rallied for three runs to walk off with a victory 5-4. The Muskrats had 11 hits on the evening.
Laconia's schedule game against Mystic last night was postponed due to weather. Tonight they will travel to Sanford, Maine to play the Mainers for the second time in a week. The Muskrats will host a pair of weekend games against North Adams and Plymouth (Mass.). After a day off on Monday the Muskrats will visit North Adams on Tuesday, host Vermont on Wednesday, and head to Plymouth on Thursday.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 June 2014 06:33
MANCHESTER — Laconia High School girls' lacrosse lost to Derryfield, 13-6, last night in the NHIAA Division III semi-final match.
After the loss, Laconia coach Kerry Howe said, "It was our first time making it to the final four after many one and two-win seasons. I was excited for our girls. Our goal this season was to make it here and they did a fantastic job. Next year looks promising, we're losing three seniors but have a lot of talent coming in. We hope to be here again, we lost to a great Derryfield team and we have a lot of respect for them."
Laconia started the scoring last night a little more than six minutes into the game, when freshman Danielle Cote, who would net 2 goals in match, found the net with 17:35 remaining in the first half. Derryfield then scored three consecutive goals before Laconia could bring the score to 3-2 with a goal scored by freshman Helen Tautkus at the 4:57 mark
Derryfield answered with three more consecutive goals. Tautkus scored her second of the night with 54 seconds remaining in the half, bringing the halftime score to 6-3.
The second half belonged to Derryfield, who opened up the scoring at 23:34, and followed with four more consecutive goals. Laconia didn't score again until sophomore Natalie Compton netted her only score of the game at 12:46 to bring the score to 11-4. The two teams went back and forth to end the game.
Laconia's goalie, freshman Lyndsey Paronto, made eight saves in the game. Sophomore Meya Minor also netted a goal for Laconia.
Derryfield will face John Stark on Thursday for the Division III title.
Derryfield ran the table during the regular season, winning all 15 games. Only Laconia scored more than ten goals on the Cougars during the regular season. The top seed beat Plymouth 15-6 in the quarter-finals.
Laconia earned the tournament's four seed by winning 11 games in the regular season. The Sachems' three losses were by a combined five goals. Laconia came the closest to beating Derryfield in the regular season losing 13 – 12 at Bank of New Hampshire Stadium.
After a first round bye in the NHIAA Division III tournament, Laconia hosted Lebanon on Saturday and advanced with a 13–9 victory.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 01:18
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