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Round-up: playoffs begin for many local teams

The fall sports postseason tournaments began yesterday, beginning with the field hockey bracket. The first round matchups ended after the deadline for this article.

Winnisquam (9-5) secured the seventh seed in the tournament with a win against White Mountains last Friday to end the regular season. The Bears will host the 15th seed Kearsarge today.

Laconia (7-7) is the heading into the playoffs on a three game win-streak capped off by beating John Stark 4-0 in the season finale last Friday. The Sachems visited sixth seeded Littleton yesterday afternoon.

Gilford (6-7-1) dropped the final game of the season to Newfound 2-0. The loss dropped the Golden Eagles to the 12th seed and will head back to the sixth seed Newfound today.

Boys' soccer

Prospect Mountain (15-0) bested Berlin 6-2 to extend their unbeaten streak to 15 games. The Timberwolves head to Inter-Lakes today to try to complete the perfect season and secure the top seed in the DIII playoffs.

Gilford (13-2) has secured the third seed in the postseason with before yesterday's tilt with Farmington. The Golden Eagles were riding a 11 game win-streak heading into yesterday.

Inter-Lakes (10-5) is tied for the seventh seed going into today's matchup with unbeaten Prospect Mountain. The Lakers have dropped two in a row to Gilford 1-0 and White Mountains 5-0.

Belmont (9-5-1) is in the ninth spot with a game remaining today against Hopkinton. The Red Raiders slipped past Winnisquam 2-0 on Tuesday.

Laconia (6-9) finishes up the season to at Berlin. The Sachems posted three of their six wins in the last three games against Mascoma Valley 4-0, Winnisquam 6-0, and Belmont 3-0.

Winnisquam (2-12) finishes their season this afternoon at Sanborn. The Bears fell to Belmont on Tuesday 2-0.

Girls' soccer

Belmont (12-3) is holding onto the third spot in the DIII post season with a game remaining. The Red Raiders put their seven game win-streak on the line today against Laconia.

Inter-Lakes (9-4-2) played to a 1-1 tie on Tuesday against Gilford. The Lakers were at Kingswood yesterday trying to hold on to the seventh seed.
Gilford (4-7-5) is sitting at the 12th spot after tying Inter-Lakes to complete their regular season. The Golden Eagles are waiting to see who they play in the first round of the tournament.

Laconia (4-10-1) is on the outside looking in on the post season with a game remaining. They need a win today at Belmont and a loss from either Newport or Bishop Brady to gain a playoff berth.

Prospect Mountain (4-10-1) is in the same situation as Laconia. The Timberwolves were at Somersworth and needed a win and a loss from Bishop Brady and/or Newport for an outside shot at the playoffs.

Volleyball

Gilford (12-3) is in the third spot in the DII standings with the season finale tonight against Somersworth. The Golden Eagles have won six straight heading into tonight's match.

Laconia (7-8) is in the 11th seed after a loss to Gilford on Wednesday night. The Sachems host Portsmouth tonight before the postseason.

Prospect Mountain (3-13) finished out the season dropping the last two matches to Kingswood 3-0 and Plymouth 3-0. The Timberwolves failed to make the post season.

Winnisquam (11-4) is at Farmington tonight to finish out the regular season. The Bears are in the sixth seed in the DIII standings.

Inter-Lakes (9-6) is the eighth seed heading into tonight's action against Pittsfield. The Lakers shut down Mascoma Valley 3-0 on Wednesday to begin the week.

The Red Raiders (5-10) head to Hillsboro-Deering tonight for their season finale.

Football

Laconia's (4-2) four game win-streak ended last Friday night to 20-17 Merrimack Valley on a late touchdown by the Pride. The Sachems head to Conway tonight to take on the unbeaten Eagles in a must-win game.

Gilford (5-1) hosts 0-6 Newfound tomorrow afternoon. The Golden Eagles ran over Inter-Lakes 33-7 in a rematch of last season's quarter-finals.

Inter-lakes-Moultonborough fell to 3-3 after the Gilford loss. The Lakers host Mascoma Valley tomorrow.

Winnisquam bested Epping-Newmarket 43-12 last Saturday. The Bears host unbeaten Bow in an DIII South Conference showdown.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 07:52

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Junior B hockey: New England Wolves dispatch Boston Bandits 8-1

LACONIA — The MJHL New England Wolves, the new Junior Hockey team playing out of the Laconia Ice Arena, scored a decisive victory over the Boston Bandits 8-1 on Sunday afternoon at the Laconia Ice Arena.
The Bandits, of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, stormed their way through the MJHL a season ago, recording 40+ victories and appearing at the TIER III USA Hockey National Tournament.
Pacing the scoring on Sunday afternoon was the line of Dillon Smith (Madison, N.H.), Domenico Senerchia (Walpole, N.H.) and Ben Davidson (Longueiul, Quebec), with a combined 8 points. In nets stopping 28 of 29 shots was Harley Eliason (Glasgow, Mt.), who made a key glove save midway through the first period when the score was 1-0.
In addition to the on-ice action, all kids entering received free Wolves "Fangs". DJ entertainment was provided by Laconia's Zach Horne.
The MJHL New England Wolves return to action next weekend for two games in two days, as they take to the road on Saturday to play the Northern Cyclones in Hudson, N.H., and return home on Sunday to play division rival, Valley JR Warriors at the Laconia Ice Arena at 2:15 p.m. In addition to their on-ice MJHL competition, the MJHL New England Wolves will be assisting coach Andrew Trimble of Scoring Concepts 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.
For more information, visit- www.americanhockeyinstitute.com or www.scoringconcepts.com

Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 09:27

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Junior A hockey: N.H. Fighting Spirit sweep the Stars

The New Hampshire Fighting Spirit came out victorious in their recent home and home series against the Eastern Conference leaders the New England Stars. Friday evening's contest at the Laconia Ice Arena started with a back and forth scoring match as both teams exchanged goals seconds apart. The Stars began the scoring after a costly turnover in the Spirit's defensive zone. Only 35 seconds later Spirit captain Josh Crane took a pass at the blue line and wired the puck to the back of the net to tie the game at 1. Forty seconds later the Stars regained the lead as they were able to sneak the puck past the outstretched leg of Spirit goalie Claes Endre. However the Spirit responded just 20 seconds later, as captain Alex Peddle sped down the left wing around the Stars defense and fired the puck home low blocker side tying the game at 2. The remainder of the first period saw no more scoring as both teams settled in.

The Spirit were able to grab the lead shortly after the start of the second period and add to it just 5 minutes in. David Fish received a pass from teammate Christian Babineau and made no mistake burying it into the back of the net. Just two minutes later Moultonborough native Tim Casey took a feed from the corner and wristed it past the Stars goalie to give the Spirit a 4-2 lead. The Spirit continued to attack and peppered the Stars net with 18 shots in the period. With less than two minutes to go forward Brett Bittner netted a power play goal for the Spirit to increase their lead. Alex Peddle scored his second of three on the night as the puck took a fortunate bounce off a Stars defenseman's skate and into the net before the second period ended giving the Spirit a 6-2 lead.

The third period began with a goalie change for the Stars and the Spirit made sure to give him a rude welcome as they scored 1:24 into the third. Brett Bittner scored his second of the night after a beautiful sequence of passes from his line mates. Midway through the third Alex Peddle rifled home his third goal of the evening after collecting a rebound in the high slot and ripping it home off the crossbar. All told the Spirit put 41 shots on net during the contest and were able to carry the pace and intensity throughout. Spirit goalie Claes Endre was solid in net as he stopped 29 of 31 shots in the contest. The three stars for Friday's contest all came from the Spirit as first star Alex Peddle registered a hat trick and added two assists for a 5 point night. Second star Brett Bittner had 2 goals and 2 assists and third star Josh Crane added a goal and an assist in the 8-2 victory.

The back end of the home and home saw the Spirit travelling to Tyngsboro, Mass. on Saturday to take on the Stars at their home arena. The Spirit jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first period. However the Stars were able to take advantage of a few Spirit mistakes and close the gap to 3-2 heading into the third period. Starting the third period on the power play the Spirit were able to extend their lead to two as Alex Peddle beat the Stars goalie low glove side. The Spirit added two more power play goals in the third off the sticks of Travis Blinkhorn and Brett Bittner to take a 6-2 lead. Defensive errors led to two late goals by the Stars and the gap closed to 6-4. Goalie Adam Higdon had a strong effort turning away 20 of 24 shots.

The Fighting Spirit are back in action this Saturday night at the Laconia Ice Arena as they play host to the Maine Wild. Pregame starts at 6:30 p.m. with the puck drop at 6:45 p.m. Saturday evening's game will be sponsored by Crossfit Juggernaut, the official training complex of the Fighting Spirit.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 09:22

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Football round-up: LHS needs a win at Kennett to secure playoff spot

Laconia's four game win-streak came to a halt against Merrimack Valley on Friday night in a 20-17 loss. The Pride scored 20 points in the second half, including the game-winning touchdown with 20 seconds remaining. "We had opportunities to make a play late, just couldn't convert," said Laconia coach Craig Kozens. The Sachems had the ball on the Pride two yard line but settled for a field goal after penalties and a strong defensive stand held the Sachems out of the endzone.

Senior quarterback Matt Swormstedt led the offense in the losing effort with 187 yards and a touchdown through the air to go with 135 yards rushing on the evening. Running back Kyle Chiasson was on the receiving end of the TD and Matt Schultz scored the other on a two-yard dive up the middle. Chiasson also converted a 26 yard field goal.

The Sachems will have their work cut out for them to reach the DII post season. "If we win out we will be in. Any scenario other than that get dicey and need help," added Kozens. Winning out will be difficult for Laconia as the team will next head to Conway to take on DII North Conference leader Kennett. The Eagles have not lost a game this season and average 35.5 points a game while holding their opponents to 12.3 points per game.

The 5-1 Golden Eagles rolled over the Lakers on Saturday afternoon 33-7. Gilford running back Max Troiano had 153 yards on 18 carries in the rematch of last year's DIII quarter-finals. Inter-Lakes (3-3) is in the fourth and final playoff spot with a pair of games remaining. The Lakers take on Mascoma Valley (3-3) Saturday in a DII North Conference tilt. Gilford, North Conference leader, should wrap up the one seed with games against 0-6 Newfound and 1-5 Stevens.

Winnisquam bounced back for a shoot out with a 42-14 victory over Epping-Newmarket. Bears running back Christian Serrano had 128 yards on the ground and four touchdowns. the 4-2 Bears are currently in fourth place in the DII South Conference. Winnisquam will host undefeated Bow on Saturday afternoon. A win will keep the Bears in the playoff hunt in the South Conference.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 09:17

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