Belmont heads into tournament on a 2-game winning streak

GILFORD — The Belmont Red Raiders took advantage of Gilford's cold shooting to beat the Golden Eagles 46-33 on Friday night. The Golden Eagles spotted Belmont an 8-0 lead and could not catch back up. "We never got our heads into the game,"said Gilford coach Rick Forge. "We missed shots early and all of a sudden we are down by eight." The Golden Eagles were 15 for 63 shooting and 3-14 from the free throw line.

The Red Raiders never trailed on the evening. "Our defense is good at shutting down the opponent's shooters." said Belmont junior Cassie Contigiani. "Last year was a learning year. This year we now the system." Contigiani had five points in the contest. The Red Raiders were led by Chayleigh Cadarette with 18 points.

Belmont followed up its performance on Friday with a 57-21 win over Farmington on Saturday, ending the season with a record of 9-9 and a postseason berth, a marked improvement over last year's 4-14 season. "I am very pleased with how this team has grown," said Belmont coach Mark Dawalga. "All the credit goes to them. they bought into everything that I threw at them." The Red Raiders will enter the Division III tournament as the 16th seed and will play Prospect Mountain High School tonight.

Gilford's record of 10 wins and eight losses is good enough for the 11th seed in the tournament and a first round bye. Gilford will be on the road Thursday evening against sixth-seeded Bow.

Bulldogs win, secure home playoff game

LACONIA — The Belmont-Gilford Bulldogs rolled to a 5-0 victory Saturday afternoon over ConVal. The Bulldogs bounced back from a 7-3 loss the previous night to Berlin. "We didn't get the bounces in Berlin," coach Jay Londer said. "We wanted to see some good puck movement today and they did just about everything I asked."

Sophomore Caleb Drouin opened up the scoring in the first period on a wrist shot that beat ConVal goalie over the glove. Drouin's goal was assisted by Jason Taylor. The second period began with goals from Dylan Treamer and Andrew D'Amour. D'Amour intercepted a pass at ConVal's blue line then split the defense and slid the puck between the legs of ConVal's goalie.

Drouin added a second goal in the third. Jamie Gill capped the scoring in the Bulldogs victory.

With the win, the Bulldogs secure a home game in the first round of the playoffs. Belmont-Gilford will end the regular season on Saturday at home against NHIAA division III leader Souhegan. The playoffs are set to begin Saturday, March 8.

Pee Wee Lakers shut out Concord Capitals

The Lakers Pee Wee I Youth Hockey Team, sponsored by Fay's Boat Yard, hosted the Concord Capitals this Sunday at the Laconia Ice Arena. It was their last Seacoast League Game until the big tournament in March. Not three minutes into the first, Laker Cole Reid flipped the puck in the net, unassisted, to give the Lakers an early upper hand. Laker forward Trevor Gallagher passed to center Brendan Hanaway in front of the net who deeked the Capital goalie and quickly passed it to Reid for another goal five minutes into the first. Laker defenseman Will Robarge caught a shot on net from the Capitals and sent it down the ice to defenseman Nate Cammack. With his quick hands, Cammack managed to get past the opponent and put another past the Capitals goalie for a score of 3-0 with just under two minutes left of the first. Concord tried another play on the Lakers from the face-off, but defenseman Patrick Mohan quickly stopped it and sent the puck to teammate Blake Dunlap, who with 15 seconds left of the first, buried another in the net. Lakers up 4-0 going into the second. Despite all of the chances the Capitals had to bury one in the Laker net, netminder Jacob Maheux withstood every shot from. The second period started slow, with both teams back and forth with the puck. Laker defensewoman Camille Pollak stopped many Concord efforts. With just over 2 minutes left of the second, Laker Trevor Gallagher snuck through the Capital defense and skated around their forwards for a snipe into the net, unassisted. The Lakers were up 5-0 by end of the second. The Concord Capitals just couldn't get one past Laker goalie Jacob Maheux, who recorded a shut-out through three periods.

Pemi Fish & Game Club holds first biathlon of the season

The snow was perfect and grooming excellent on February 15 at the Pemi Fish and Game Club in Holderness for the first winter biathlon of the season. Two earlier scheduled events had been cancelled due to poor snow conditions.

The event was attended by seventeen biathletes and wannabees who forgave Sochi to compete more locally. The match class, for more experienced biathletes, skied 1,000 meters and then shot five shots with .22 iron sighted rifles at targets placed 50 meters away. Each out, back and shoot is called a "bout" and the match consists of four bouts and a final out and back and ranking is determined by elapsed time. Scores are listed as a hit or miss with an additional 150 meter penalty loop added for each miss. The match class shoots twice prone (lying down) and twice offhand (standing up) with the bull's eyes approximately two inches in diameter for the prone and five inches for the offhand stages. Several participants chose to snowshoe instead of ski and they went on a 150 meter loop plus the penalty loops and shot all four bouts prone and at five-inch targets.

Top shooters in the match class (listed by elapsed time and the number of misses for each bout) were Oliver Pentinmaki, 40:19 (5-4-2-2); Scott Betournay. 42:16 (4-4-3-5): Ross Roetman, 42:40 (0-1-3-4) and Matt Roy, 43:10 (0-0-5-3). Note that Matt is age 14 and requested to shoot in the adult match class for his first ever biathlon.

In the snowshoe class, top competitors were; first-timer Kaitlyn Morse, 20:41 (0-2-0-0); Savannah Thompson (age 12), 28:33
(0-1-1-1); and David Morse, 28:55 (3-2-3-2).

The next and final winter biathlon for the season at the Pemi is scheduled for March 8. See the club website, www.pemi.orgfor details. Click on Biathlon and on Event Schedule on the home page for details or call match director Fred Allen at 603-968-9944. There will be five summer events that include choices of running, walking, wheelchairs or mountain biking with the shooting.