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Junior hockey: Fighting Spirit have strong showing at NA3EHL Showcase

The Fighting Spirit travelled to Lockport, N.Y. to compete in the third and final league wide showcase. The Spirit went 1-1-1 in their three game set on the weekend. Friday night saw the Spirit kick off the showcase against the league leading and defending playoff champion the Jersey Shore Wildcats. The Wildcats came into the weekend undefeated and sitting atop the NA3EHL standings. The Spirit took a 1-0 lead midway through the game on a goal by defenseman Ryan Dunfield. An uncharacteristic mistake on the Spirit power play allowed Jersey Shore to tie the game at 1 in the third period. The final buzzer rang for regulation and the score was tied 1-1. Heading into overtime the Spirit faced a big challenge as they were assessed a penalty for holding just moments into the period. The Spirit were able to kill off the two minute minor and returned to even strength to finish the remainder of the period. However Jersey Shore capitalized on a Spirit turnover to win the game 2-1. Jersey Shore scored with only 23.1 seconds remaining in overtime to seal the win. Goalie Adam Higdon was strong in net turning away 37 of the 39 shots he faced.

Saturday morning saw the Spirit take on the Wilkes Barre Miners who have played the Spirit tough this season as the Spirit won both meetings each by one goal. Today would be the day the Miners exacted revenge on the Spirit as they were able to win 5-2. The Spirit started the scoring as forward Nick Pino slid home a rebound to take a 1-0 lead. When the second period buzzer rang it was the Miners who held the 3-1 lead. Spirit forward and Moultonborough native Tim Casey was able to bring the Spirit back to within one as he lead the charge on a fantastic individual effort scoring a shorthanded Spirit goal. He was able to create a turnover at the Spirit blue line and raced down the ice on a breakaway beating the goalie low blocker side. This effort was not enough however as the Miners would score a 4th goal and eventually added an empty net tally to bring the final score to 5-2. Spirit goalie Claes Endre was tested all night and turned away 35 of the 39 shots he faced.

Sunday's matchup was with long time Spirit rival the Syracuse Stampede. As most rivalries do this game proved to have a bit of everything as the Spirit were able to end the weekend on a strong note, winning 6-5 in the shootout. The Spirit began the scoring as forward Brett Bittner rifled home a shot from the high slot beating the Syracuse net minder low glove side. Captain Alex Peddle added another just 2 minutes later as he fired home a shot past the Stampede defense and goalie. The second period ended with the Spirit leading 2-1. Captain Mike Callaghan gave the Spirit their 2 goal lead back as he deflected a shot from the point on the Spirit power play to make the score 3-1. Syracuse answered quickly bringing the score back to within one. Tim Casey netted his second goal of the weekend giving the Spirit a 4-2 lead. From that point on it was Syracuse who came storming back scoring 3 unanswered goals to take a 5-4 lead with only minutes remaining. With the Spirit net empty forward Alex Peddle netted his second of the game on a laser of a shot from the top of the faceoff circle. Peddle's game tying goal came with the extra attacker on the ice and with only 36 seconds remaining in the game. The Spirit and the Stampede remained tied through the overtime period as the Spirit were unable to capitalize on a Stampede penalty in the frame. Shooting first for the Spirit was Brett Bittner who was able to deke the goalie and slide the puck underneath him for a 1-0 lead in the shootout. Syracuse tied the contest on their first attempt and Spirit goalie Adam Higdon was beat high blocker side. Both teams missed on their second attempts and the score remained 1-1. It was Spirit forward Tim Casey who had the final say as he was able to deke the Stampede goalie and put the puck between his legs to seal the victory for the Spirit.

All told the Spirit picked up 3 out of the 6 possible points up for grabs this weekend. The Spirit will host the East Coast Minutemen on Wednesday night at the Laconia Ice Arena. Puck drop for that game will be 5:30 p.m. For more information on the Spirit and their schedule please visit their website at www.fightingspirithockey.com or follow them on Facebook and Twitter for live updates.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 January 2015 08:57

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Junior hockey: Wolves earn points in both games against Nighthawks

LACONIA — The New England Wolves continued their winning ways against the Connecticut Nighthawks this past weekend.
Saturday's 4-2 win featured 4 different scorers, Ryan Waddell, Jared Wood, Kevin Morello, and Dillon
Smith. Laconia's own Bryce Ricker recorded 2 assists, and Harley Eliason stopped 35 of 37 shots in nets.
The team was bolstered by the presence of the game's Honorary Captain, Grady Shoemaker. Grady is a
Gilford resident and Lakes Region Youth Hockey Squirt Player, who was involved in an accident over the
summer, and through hard work, rehabilitation, and support from his loved ones is back skating with his
team. His story helped to motivate the Wolves to victory.
Sunday's game was an up and down battle, as it was delayed due to the icy conditions. Once it started the Wolves jumped out to a quick 2 goal lead on goals by Sam Mayberry and Jeff Scimone. The tide turned quickly, however, as the Nighthawks responded with 4 unanswered goals. Battling back with Shawn Sullivan's early 3rd period goal, the hometown Wolves took nearly the full length of the 3rd period
to draw even. Blake Babineau, who was moved up to forward for a critical power play with 5 minutes to
go, potted the tying goal on assists from Mikhail Astakhov and Dillon Smith. After a scoreless
overtime, the Wolves eventually succumbed to the Nighthawks via shootout, thus earning 1 point in the
standings.
The Wolves return to action next weekend (January 24 and 25) with 2 games versus the Vermont
Lumberjacks at Leddy Park Arena in Burlington.
Congratulations to Kevin Morello (Monroe, N.J.) and Hunter Craig (Limerick, Maine) for their participation
in the MJHL All- Star game played at Eisenhower Rink in Long Island on MLK Day.
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Last Updated on Monday, 19 January 2015 08:50

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GHS swim team has 14 members this season

The Golden Eagles are showing off their precision and skill in the water this season. The GHS Swim Team has 14 swimmers, all of them showing great effort and enthusiasm as they hit the water. The team has competed in 5 meet thus far this season placing second or third at most meets. Senior Chrissy Leach has been out with a concussion most of this season. Katie Gingrich, also a senior is working hard placing 2nd or 3rd in her events. Rebecca Cook, junior, leads the team as the highest point winner thus far as she places first in most of her events. She has qualified for the NHIAA Div II state championship meet in all events that she has swum, showing her best placement at this time in the 100 backstroke. Junior Owen Sanborn has already had best times in most of his event from the 2014 season with the 100 fly being his strongest event. He has only gotten stronger and more consistent with his technique. Autumn Bos junior continues to show her consistency throughout all her events with her times and her technique. Kaitlyn Egbert's strength this season has been her 200 freestyle, achieving a best time with each swim. Laura Zakorchemny, a junior new to the swim team, has showed hard work and dedication to the sport achieving a 35.99 in her 50 free and 1:26.71 in her 100 free during her first meet. Laura has stretched her swimming abilities over the season to also swim the backstroke and the breaststroke. Michael Hart, returning sophomore, has continued to achieve best times in all of his events throughout the season. Kyle Davies, sophomore, has achieved best times in his primary events, the 50 and 100 freestyle, from the 2014 season, and has extended his skills to try the 200 free, 100 backstroke and 100 breast this season. Zoe Fullerton, sophomore, new to the team this year due to a knee injury last year but not new to swimming, demonstrates consistency in all 4 strokes. The freshman class has brought four of its classmates to the team this year. Beck McLean qualified for the state championship meet in the 200 free in his first meet. Since then he has also qualified in the 200 IM and 100 free. Olivia Morea too qualified for the state meet in the 50 free in her first meet. She has demonstrated an ability to swim all four strokes with effciency. Michele Young shows her skill and ability to swim all 4 strokes and all distances. Kaitlyn Callahan, freshman, has shown consistent improvement with her stroke technique, fine tuning her freestyle especially through the season.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 January 2015 08:41

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Round-up: Gilford girls a perfect 9-0

Gilford High School girls' basketball team continues to stay atop of the DIII standings after running past Bow 45-37. Maddie Harris led the victors with 14 points. The 9-0 Golden Eagles head to Raymond tonight.
Laconia notched their fifth win on the season over White Mountains 51-46. Kailey Nute scored a game-high 21 points on the evening. The Sachems host 7-1 Somersworth tonight.
Belmont fell to 5-4 after a 52-46 loss to Campbell. Chayleigh Cadarette recorded 18 points and 22 rebounds in the loss. The Red Raiders entertain Prospect Mountain tonight.
Prospect Mountain dropped their fourth game in a row after a loss to Berlin 51-50. The Timberwolves head to Belmont tonight.
Winnisquam is 1-7 on the season with the loss to Fall Mountain 56-21. The Bears head to 7-1 Campbell tonight.
Inter-Lakes is still looking for their first win after dropping the last game 43-39 against Mascoma Valley. The Lakers host Moultonborough tomorrow night.

Boys' basketball

Winnisquam needed overtime to get past Fall Mountain 66-64 on Friday night. Mike Buxton led the Bears with 20 points. Winnisquam (6-1) will host 6-1 Campbell in a DIII battle for second place.
Gilford improved to 5-2 after slipping past Bow 55-53. Coby Goodwin netted 12 points in the victory. The Golden Eagles host Raymond (3-4) tonight.
Laconia evened their record to 3-3 after besting White Mountains 57-46. The Sachems are at Somersworth (1-3) tonight.
Inter-Lakes dropped their third game in a row to Mascoma Valley 66-44. Dillon Dow and Zach Swanson netted 14 each in the loss. The Lakers (2-5) host Moultonborough tonight. The Lakers fell to the Panthers 48-47 last Tuesday.
Belmont's losing streak was extended to six after a 55-35 loss to Campbell. Trevor Hunt recorded a double-double in the loss with 21 points and 14 rebounds. The Red Raiders (1-6) visit Prospect Mountain (0-5) tonight.
Prospect Mountain could not record their first win on Friday night, losing to Berlin 64-35. The Timberwolves will next host the 1-6 Red Raiders.
Hockey
Laconia-Winnisquam dropped their third game in a row after a 5-3 loss at Souhegan. The Wolfpack will host undefeated John Stark-Hopkinton on Saturday.
Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes improved to 3-4 after skating past ConVal 10-4. The Renegades host Souhegan on Saturday.
The Belmont-Gilford game was postponed due to Zamboni issues against Kennett on Saturday. A rescheduled date has not been set as of yet. The Bulldogs (4-1) host Berlin-Gorham on Saturday.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 January 2015 08:27

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