LACONIA — The Laconia Ice Arena will be hosting a junior hockey playoff series this weekend. The AHI Fighting Spirit from Waterville Valley will be hosting the New England Stars in a best two out of three game series.The Fighting Spirit have the top seed in the Northern States Hockey League following a 31-4 regular season. The series is set to begin tonight at 6:30 p.m. Game two will be Saturday at 1:15 p.m. and game three is Sunday at 3 p.m. if necessary. Tickets will be available at the door. The Spirit will be headed Las Vegas to compete in the national tournament in the following weeks.
The Fighting Spirit will make Laconia its official home in the fall of 2014. The Northern States Hockey League consists of nine teams, which come from Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Mass, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:23
The Laconia-Winnisquam Wolfpack will be playing its first playoff game in recent years on Saturday afternoon. The Wolfpack's 7 wins and 11 losses is good enough to for the seventh seed in the NHIAA Division III playoffs. Lac-Win will travel to Souhegan To face off against the second seeded Eagles. Souhegan won the only regular season matchup between the two teams by the score of 8-3.
Belmont-Gilford finished the year on a high note, beating Souhegan 4-2. The 15-3 Bulldog record secured a three seed in the tournament. B-G's only losses came to Berlin, twice and Souhegan earlier in the year. The Bulldogs take the ice again on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Laconia Ice Arena, when they host a Division III quarter-final match against Kennett. The Bulldogs won both regular season games against the Eagles, 6-2 and 5-2
The boys' basketball tournament started last night. Laconia ended the year four games over .500 at 11-7. The Sachems are the ninth seed and traveled to Mascoma Valley last night.
The Gilford Golden Eagles (6th seed) hosted 11th seeded Prospect Mountain last night. Gilford finished the regular season with a record of 14-4.
The seventh seeded Winnisquam Bears, also 14-4 on the year, hosted the 12th seed Farmington last night.
All of last night's matches were the first meetings of the season for the teams. All games were played after the this article's deadline.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:04
Gilford High School boys JV Basketball team completed a perfect season 20-0, taking home the Championship in the Farmington JV boys' tournament this past weekend.
Gilford beat Somersworth High School 72-42 in the first game of pool play and Stevens High School 61-49 in the second game. On Sunday, Gilford matched up against Raymond High School in the finals and Gilford, in their toughest contest of the year, was able to win 76-64. Mike Bugnacki and Hunter Stevens were named to the All-Tournament Team. Mike Bugnacki had 22 points in the final game and Oliver Roy had 20 points, Carter Mercer and Tyler Swarthout had an outstanding tournaments as well. Mercer also won the three-point contest making 16 of 25, 3-points shot in a minute, the next closest competitor had nine.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 08:42
The Laconia Middle School boys' A team wrapped up the season this past weekend with a 2nd place finish in the Bow Invitational Tournament. The Tourney actually kicked off at the beginning of the February break as the Sachems found themselves tipping off against Goffstown. The scoring was evenly distributed in the game. Center Logan Bell led all scorers with 14 points, 6 boards, and 3 blocked shots. Drew Muzzey had 10 pts, Jack Maher dropped 9, Ryan Paiva had 8 to go with 5 boards, and Christian Gaspa had 7 points and 5 assists. Defensively Noah Cruz had 5 steals and Bell picked off 4 as the Sachems rolled to a 60-29 victory. Next up was the Bedford travel team. Bell and Muzzey had big nights, going for 18 and 14 respectively. Bell also pulled down 9 boards while Muzzey grabbed 11 giving him a nice double-double on the night. Ryan Paiva, showing he is going to be a force to reckon with next year, chipped in with 6 points and 8 boards. Defensively this would be the Sachems' best game. Parker Minor led his team with 5 steals while Gaspa and Riley Roy had 3 steals each. With the decisive 60-25 victory, the stage was set for a showdown with Laconia's newest rivals from Kearsarge. On the big stage it was Laconia's big men who stepped up. Bell led his team once more with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 7 steals giving him a team leading 12 double-doubles on the season. Muzzey chipped 10 points and Ryan McCrea had 6 points and 7 boards to go with 3 steals. When the dust had settled Laconia had punched their ticket to the championship with a 45-39 win. Battling out of the loser's bracket, Kearsarge was back for another crack at the Sachems. The youngsters for Laconia couldn't seem to find any offensive rhythm in this one. Bell dropped 10 points and had 8 boards, Paiva went for 8 points and Ryan McCrea pounded the boards for 10 big rebounds. Defensively Gaspa tried keeping his team in it with 5 steals but the perimeter shooters for Kearsarge were on and the Sachems fell short in the one and done championship game, 49-36. Garnering All-Tourney Honors for Laconia were Logan Bell and Drew Muzzey. Coach Rod Roy was very pleased with his team's performance saying, "We had a phenomenal year. We went 17-0. Won our Christmas tourney and took home two 2nd place trophies in Newfound and Bow. I am so proud of this group of athletes. They worked hard, did their jobs, and gave the Laconia fans something to look forward to in the future. They deserved all of the good things that their hard work got them this season."
The Laconia A team would like to thank the school administration for their support and effort in allowing them to play a ton of basketball this season. The team is also appreciative of all of the fans who came out and supported the team.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014 10:42
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