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Junior A hockey: Fighting Spirit are unbeaten on Laconia ice

The Fighting Spirit are primed for another weekend battle against the Cape Cod Islanders. Both games will be played at the Laconia Ice Arena, which is welcomed by the Spirit as they are unbeaten at home. The Spirit have recently claimed the top spot in the NA3EHL Eastern Conference and look to solidify their hold this weekend. “Both teams are coming in having won their last 4 games; we know that Cape Cod is a physical team that plays fast. We need to match their intensity and outwork them in all areas on the ice”, says Spirit captain Travis Blinkhorn. “We have to play a disciplined game and stay out of the penalty box because we know they have a very potent power play”. 

Saturday evening's contest will begin at 6:30 p.m. and is sponsored by the New Hampshire Humane Society. Sunday afternoon’s game will start at 1:45 p.m. and is hosted by Burrito Me. Both games will offer fast paced hockey action as well as door prizes for the fans. Tickets will be on sale in the Laconia Ice Arena lobby. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 07:46

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LMS girl's soccer team takes 2nd at Alton tournament

The Laconia Middle School girls' soccer A team won 2nd place in the Alton Tournament that took place October 17-18. Shown here, from left to right: From left to right: Katie Theberge, Nicole Turpin, Kristina Vo, Megan Gaspa, Solary Chhun, Rhyan Kirk, Riley Treat, Riley Grant, and Alyson VonGeorge. Missing from the picture: Delaney Ross, Sydney Stevens, Skylar Tautkus, Sabrina LaDuke, Sophie George, and Jillian McDonald. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 07:34

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Boys' & girls' Gilmanton Middle soccer teams win tournaments

On Saturday, October 25, 2014 a second seeded Gilmanton Middle School boys' soccer team participated in the Suncook Valley League Tournament held in Pittsfield. The boys faced a third ranked Concord Christian Academy in the first game. The Gilmanton boys' team under the direction of coach Phillip Eisenmann played to a 4-1 win. Goals were scored by Finn Baldwin with an assist by Brian Tremblay and a hat trick for Ramsey Landry with assists by Mikey Eisenmann and Griffin Plourde. The Gilmanton boys' team then moved on to face an undefeated, number 1 seed, Chichester in the Championship Game. Defense played an incredible game against an excellent opponent and took a 0-0 tie through regulation and 2 overtimes. The championship was decided on penalty kicks and 8th graders Finn Baldwin and Sam Ruchti put 2 goals into the back of the net, while Carter Segalini held the Chichester players scoreless. 

Also, on Saturday, a second seeded Gilmanton Middle School girls' soccer team participated in the Suncook Valley League Tournament held in Barnstead. Gilmanton faced a third ranked Chichester in their first game under the direction of coach Danielle Eisenmann. The Gilmanton girls advanced to the Championship with a 2-1 win. Goals were scored by Maddi Rector and Kyla Mercier. In the Championship game, the girls faced an undefeated number 1 seed, Barnstead. The tone was set in both games by the "good luck" 6th grade captains, but the Championship was an intensely competitive 6o minutes of play. The Gilmanton girls scored on an own goal by Barnstead after a great run and cross by Callie Carpenter. The game went on to be decided after Maddi Rector scored on a penalty kick after a Barnstead handball in the box and Jaylin Tulley played a great game in goal to hold both opponents to a single goal each.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 07:27

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Round-up: Girls' soccer playoffs begin with a pair of upsets

Belmont High School's girls' soccer team, which ended the regular season with a record of 13-3 and went into the post season as the third seed in the NHIAA's DIII tournament, was stunned by 14th seed Somersworth on Wednesday. The Red Raiders, who scored an average of 3.75 goals over the 16 games of the regular season, failed to score during the first playoff game and fell 0-1. Somersworth's lone goal came on a corner kick with just under six minutes remaining in the contest.

In other girls' soccer action, Inter-Lakes (10-4-2) fell in the first round to the 10th seeded White Mountains 2-1. The seventh seeded Lakers were the second team to be upset by a lower seed in the first round from the Lakes Region.

The Golden Eagles (4-7-5) earned the 13th seed but couldn't stop Stevens (4) who rolled to a 5-0 victory in the first round.

Laconia and Prospect Mountain both finished the season with 4-11-1 records, failing to make the post season.

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Prospect Mountain (16-0) completed a perfect season last Friday and earned the second seed in the NHIAA DIII post season tournament. Hopkinton, also 16-0 earned the top seed by percentage points over the Timberwolves. Prospect Mountain earned a first round bye. Kearsarge won their first round match and visited Prospect Mountain yesterday afternoon.

Gilford earned the third seed in the post season with a 14-2 regular season mark. The Golden Eagles had a bye in the first round and hosted Berlin (14) yesterday afternoon.

Inter-Lakes (10-6) earned the eighth spot in the post season and a bye in the first round. The Lakers hosted Stevens yesterday afternoon.

The Red Raiders (9-6-1) are the 10th seed in the post season. Belmont headed to Raymond (7) yesterday after having a bye in the first round.

The Sachems were ousted in the first round in the DIII soccer tournament by Campbell 2-1 on Tuesday. Laconia earned the 20th and final seed in the post season with a 6-10 record.

Winnisquam (2-14) finished the year last Friday, losing to Sanborn 2-0. The Bears did not qualify for the post season.


Gilford played their way to a 13-3 record in the DII regular season to earn the third seed in the tournament. The Golden eagles hosted John Stark (14) in first round action last night.

Laconia (7-9) earned the 11th seed in post season play. The Sachems visited Portsmouth last night for the first round.

Prospect Mountain finished the season 3-13 and did not qualify for the postseason.

Winnisquam (11-5) holds the second seed in DIII play. The Bears hosted Epping (10) last night.

Inter-Lakes (10-6) earned the eighth seed for the post season and hosted Portsmouth Christian of Dover (9) last night in frost round play.

The 13th seed Belmont Red Raiders (6-10) visited Moultonborough (3) last night in DIII first round action.


The Sachems fell to the undefeated Kennett Eagles last Friday 30-20. The loss dropped Laconia to 4-3. Laconia's playoff hopes are still alive and will be on the line in the must-win regular season finale tonight at Bank of New Hampshire Stadium against Kearsarge (4-3).

The Golden Eagles (6-1) beat up on Newfound 59-0 last week to clinch a first round home game in the playoffs. Gilford visits 2-5 Stevens tonight at 7 p.m.

Winnisquam and Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough are in control of their own destiny, with wins this weekend they will earn spots in the DIII post season. The 4-3 Bears head to 4-3 Bishop Brady tonight for a South Conference playoff spot. The 4-3 Lakers head to Franklin tomorrow to wrap up their regular season.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 07:19

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