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Junior hockey: Fighting Spirit take down Cape Cod in a shootout

The New Hampshire Fighting Spirit came back from an early second period deficit to beat the Cape Cod Islanders in a shootout. An unfortunate bounce ended up in the back of the Spirit net two minutes into the second period as Islanders forward Christian Holmes drove the puck wide and flicked a shot to the front of the net where it deflected off a Spirit stick and into the net. Defenseman Tyler Burton tied the score as he netted his 5th goal of the season on the Spirit power play midway through the second period. The score remained tied through the entire third and overtime periods. Spirit forwards Brett Bittner, Nick Pino, and Alex Peddle all scored in the shootout and goalie Adam Higdon turned away three of the five shots he faced to secure the shootout victory and give the Spirit the 2-1 win. Higdon turned away 29 of the 30 shots he faced to win his 12th game of the year.

The Spirit were set to host the Islanders on Saturday at the Laconia Ice Arena however the game was postponed due to weather. The make up date will be announced once it is finalized.

The Spirit are back in action Wednesday at 4 against the East Coast Minutemen at the Laconia Ice Arena. This is the continuation of an earlier game that had to be postponed due to ice conditions. The Spirit will retain their 4-0 lead and the game will start at the beginning of the second period which is when the game was called by the referees.

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, 26 January 2015 10:05

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Winnisqaum scores 22 in 3rd quarter to beat Belmont

BELMONT — The Winnisquam Bears boys' basketball team needed a second half comeback to get by Belmont, 70-65, on Friday. The Bears, down 35-31 at the half, responded in the third quarter by scoring 22 points to take over the lead and hold off the Red Raiders. "We took control of the boards and that led to the running game opening up," Said Bears head coach Kevin Dame.
The Red Raiders jumped out to a 15-5 lead to begin the game. "Nobody expected us to compete with Winnisquam after we only scored 20 points against Prospect Mountain," Belmont head coach Jim Cilley said. "I told the team if we play like we do in practice we could keep up with anyone."
The Bears took their first lead in the beginning of the second quarter but could not hold it by the end of the half.
Winnisquam's Christian Serrano drove to the net for two points and a Bears lead they would not squander. Serrano led the way with a game high 23 points for the Bears, 14 of the 23 came in the second half.
The Red Raiders were led by Trevor Hunt (22 points) and Corey Derosier (18 points). Belmont falls to 1-8 and will visit Gilford tonight.
Winnisquam improves to 7-2 and welcomes Prospect Mountain tonight.

Last Updated on Monday, 26 January 2015 09:25

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Round-up: Bulldogs earn 5th & 6th wins

Belmont-Gilford hockey swept a pair of games over the weekend with wins over Berlin 6-3 and Sanborn 5-1. Andrew D'Amour netted a goal against Berlin and a pair against Sanborn in the victories. The 6-1 Bulldogs take to the ice Saturday at Manchester West.
Laconia-Winnisquam (2-6) fell to John Stark-Hopkinton 3-1 on Saturday. The Wolfpack host ConVal on Wednesday.
The Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes game against Souhegan was postponed due to the weather. A make-up date has not been set. The Renegades head to Berlin on Wednesday.
Girls' basketball
Laconia (8-2) poured on the offense in a 84-36 victory over Farmington. Natalie Compton scored 20 points for the victors. The Sachems head to Franklin tonight.
Gilford downed Inter-Lakes 75-36 to run their record to 11-0 on the season. Freshman Brook Beaudet led the way with 27 points on the evening. The Golden Eagles look to extend their unbeaten streak at Belmont tonight.
Inter-Lakes fell to 1-9 after the 75-36 loss to unbeaten Gilford. Three Lakers scored eight points in the loss. I-L host Berlin tonight.
Prospect Mountain slipped past Franklin 53-49 to improve to 3-7 on the season. Brianna Burley scored 20 points in the win. The Timberwolves entertain Winnisquam tonight.
Winnisquam (1-9) fell to Belmont 53-14 on Friday night. The Bears head to Prospect Mountain tonight.
Belmont (7-4) will visit the unbeaten Golden Eagles tonight. The Red Raiders' Cassie Contigiani led the way with 13 points in the 53-14 victory over Winnisquam Friday night.
Boys' basketball
Laconia ran past Farmington 57-49 Friday night. Cody Greenwood led the way with 14 points in the win. The Sachems (4-4) will look to string together a pair of wins for the first time this season against Franklin tonight.
Inter-Lakes fell to 2-7 after a 49-29 loss to Gilford. Zac Swanson tallied 14 points in the loss. The Lakers travel to Berlin tonight.
Gilford improved to 6-3 with the 49-29 win over the Lakers. Nate Davis led the charge with a 14 point night. The Golden Eagles host Belmont tonight.
Belmont could not hold off Winnisquam, falling 70-65. Sophomore Trevor Hunt scored 22 points in the loss. The Red Raiders (1-8) head to Gilford tonight.
Winnisquam erased a halftime deficit to get past Belmont 70-65 on Friday night. Christian Serrano led the way with 23 points. The Bears (7-2) welcome Prospect Mountain tonight.
Prospect Mountain fell to Franklin 44-41. The Timberwolves head to Winnisquam this evening.

Last Updated on Monday, 26 January 2015 09:18

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Junior hockey: Fighting Spirit blank Minutemen

The New Hampshire Fighting Spirit defeated the East Coast Minutemen 5-0 Wednesday night at the Laconia Ice Arena. The Spirit got contributions from 5 different scorers in their effort. Forwards Brett Bittner, Nick Pino, and Mike Heffernan along with defenseman Tyler Burton, and Ryan Dunfield each scored for the Spirit. Goaltender Claes Endre earned his second shut out of the season turning away all 25 shots he faced.

The Spirit travel to Cape Cod on Friday evening for a showdown with the Cape Cod Islanders at the Tony Kent Arena. The Spirit will then host the Islanders on Saturday night at the Laconia Ice Arena with puck drop scheduled for 7 p.m.

For more information on the Spirit and their schedule visit www.fightingspirithockey.com. You can also follow the Spirit on Facebook and Twitter for live updates.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 08:14

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