NE Wolves tour UNH, meet hockey coach

LACONIA — The New England Wolves, in their inaugural season in the MJHL, have taken advantage of the vast amounts of NCAA hockey colleges at their disposal.

On Wednesday the MJHL New England Wolves were invited by lUNH Head Coach Dick Umile to take a full tour of UNH's home rink, the Whittemore Center. After briefly meeting with Umile as well as Collin Shank and other members of the staff, the Wolves were introduced to former New England Wolves AEHL forward and current UNH sophomore Collin Bourque.

"The Hockey East is the best NCAA hockey has to offer, and interacting with a player who only a short time ago was sitting in their shoes is very inspiring to them," said Wolves Head Coach Andrew Trimble.

After the tour of the equipment, training and locker rooms, and the meeting with players and staff, the UNH team hit the ice for practice, and the Wolves were allowed access to watch the full 90-minute session from just above the home bench.

"There were 30 players on the ice. Everyone looked like they were competing for a spot," said Wolves Captain Dillon Smith.

Watching the practice and touring the facility gave the team a unique vantage point on NCAA Hockey.

With previous campus stops at Daniel Webster and Plymouth State, the Wolves have taken advantage of their unique geographic location to witness AHCA and NCAA hockey inside and out.

"This is where our kids want to be, and are dedicating their lives to work towards this goal. I cannot thank these college coaches enough for their generosity of time. They run great programs on and off the ice," said Trimble.

Youth hockey: Fighting Spirit fall in shootout

The New Hampshire Fighting Spirit lost Wednesday night 3-2 to the New England Stars in a shootout. A back and forth game saw the Spirit holding a 2-1 lead as the third period started however they were unable to hold on and ultimately lost. Forwards Christian Babineau and Nick Pino scored for the Spirit during regulation and goalie Adam Higdon was solid in net.

The Spirit wrap up their regular season with a weekend series against the Maine Wild. Saturday night the Spirit will be on the road in Biddeford, game time is set for 8pm. Sunday afternoon the Spirit will host the Wild at the Laconia Ice Arena at 1:45 p.m. This is the final game of the regular season however the Spirit have secured home ice advantage for the playoffs so there's still a chance to see the Spirit live.

Wolfpack snaps winless streak with 4-3 win

Laconia/Winnisquam slipped past Manchester West, 4-3, Wednesday evening. The Wolfpack (4-11-1) ended a six-game winless streak. Jack Decormier found the back of the net in the third period for the game winner. Laconia/Winnisquam hosted ConVal in the first game of a home and home series. The regular season concludes tonight at ConVal.

Moultonborough/Inter-Lakes finished out the regular season Wednesday with a 6-2 loss to Souhegan. The Renegades have to see where they will be seeded in the postseason tournament. The rest of DIII have games remaining due to makeup games from the inclement weather.

Belmont/Gilford stands alone atop the DIII standings after a 5-1 win over Kearsarge and a John-Stark/Hopkinton loss to Berlin/Gorham. Andrew D'Amour recorded a hat trick in the win. B/G closes out the regular season at Kennett tomorrow.

Boys' Basketball

Winnisquam's Christian Serrano reached the 1,000 career point mark in a 79-57 win against Franklin Tuesday night. Serrano finished with 26 points on the night. The Bears (14-3) finish the regular season tonight at Gilford.

Gilford (13-4) ran past Prospect Mountain, 68-45, Tuesday night. The Golden Eagles host Winnisquam tonight.

Laconia (7-9) ended a three-game skid Tuesday night against Belmont, 46-38. The Sachems head to Inter-lakes tonight in the regular season finale.

Prospect Mountain (7-10) fell to Gilford, 68-45. The Timberwolves head to Pelham tonight before the start of the postseason.

Inter-Lakes picked up their sixth win of the season and third in a row against Belmont, 46-43. The Lakers (6-11) host Laconia tonight.

Belmont fell 46-43 to Inter-Lakes Tuesday evening. The Red Raiders host White Mountains tonight in the season finale.

Girls' Basketball

Prospect Mountain fell to Kearsarge, 62-50, Tuesday night.

Round two of the NHIAA DIII tournament continued last night as (2) Gilford hosted (15) Newport, (10) Belmont visited (7) Somersworth, and (6) Laconia welcomed (11) Berlin.