LACONIA — The New England Wolves rebounded from Saturday night's defeat at the hands of the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs with a decisive 6-2 win over the 2014 MJHL Champion Boston Bandits on Sunday afternoon in Bridgewater, Mass.
Sunday's 6-2 victory was paced by two of the league's youngest players, Laconia's Bryce Ricker and Moscow, Russia native Mikhail Astakhov. The 1998 birth year players tallied 2 goals each. Steadied on their forward line by MJHL All- Star Kevin Morello (who recorded 1 goal and 3 assists himself), the trio played with terrific chemistry and discipline throughout the effort. "Coach Potenza and I tried mixing up our combinations and lines to jump start our offense on Sunday and it worked. Getting statistical contributions from our youngest players says a lot about their development and the health of the program," said Wolves coach Andrew Trimble.
Additionally, Wolves captain Dillon Smith played his first full game on defense, due to the illness of other defenders and the injury to Will Francis, and recorded a multi-assist game. 6'4" 1994 birth year defender Hunter Craig also scored. Netminder Harley Eliason made several key saves, including a cross crease pad save mid-way through the 2nd period that preserved the lead for his teammates. Towards the latter portion of the 3rd period, penalties became an issue including a game ejection for the Bandits coach, and the Wolves displayed tremendous discipline.
The Wolves return to action next weekend (February 14 and 15) with games in Hackensack, N.J. as part of the MJHL's final league showcase. They will be taking on the Philadelphia Revolution and the Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton Knights. Both are Southern Division teams.
Last Updated on Monday, 09 February 2015 10:21
It's almost the end of the Fall/Winter competitive swim season and yet members of the Gunstock Swim Team had yet to compete in a sanctioned meet. Their pool had only recently reopened for training – after closing its doors two seasons ago – when local businessman Les Schuster purchased the Gunstock Inn and Fitness Center and welcomed back the competitive USA Swim team.
Only 15 swimmers comprise the new team. Coached by Al Rozzi and Jim and Martha McIntire, they found success recently at the Connecticut Valley Invitational, hosted by Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction, Vt. It was the one and only chance for GST to individually qualify for end-of-season competition, namely Regionals (N.H.), Silvers (N.H. and Mass.) and Age Groups (New England).
The following swimmers have qualified for further competition: Sarah Bellefleur (age 12/Wolfeboro) 50 Breast (Regionals), 50 Fly & 50 Free (Silvers); Sydney Eastman (age 9/Gilford) 50 Free (Regionals); Bradley McIntire (age 10/Gilmanton) 50 Fly (Silvers), 50 Back (new meet record), 50 Free (new meet record), 100 IM (Age Groups); Reagan McIntire (age 12/Gilmanton) 50 Fly, 50 Free (Regionals), 50 Breast (Silvers); Lachlan Plache (age 15/Wolfeboro) 50 Free, 100 Free (Regionals); Lily Stinchfield (age 12/Wolfeboro) 50 Back, 50 Free (Regionals); Carolyn Trepanier (age 13/Wolfeboro) 100 Back, 50 Free,(Regionals). Madison Eastman (age 13/Gilford) and Essence Bourque (age 14/Barnstead) both achieved personal best times. Eastman bested her seed times in the 100 Free, 100 Back and 100 Breast. Bourque bested her previous times in the 100 Free, 100 Back and 100 Fly.
Last Updated on Monday, 09 February 2015 10:19
The Inter-Lakes High School Swimmers finished out their regular season last week at Goffstown. Pauline Donaldson and Matthew Sundius both achieved new personal best times in the 50 Freestyle. Matthew will attend the State Championships at UNH on Saturday Feb. 14 to swim the 100 Backstroke. All four of the swimmers shared in their dedication to the sport of swimming and worked very hard this season to improve.
Last Updated on Monday, 09 February 2015 10:15
Gilford High School will be sending 6 swimmers to the DIV II State Championship Meet on Saturday, February 14. Rebecca Cook is currently seeded third in both of her events the 100 and 200 free, Katie Gingrich will be swimming the 50 free and 100 back, Owen Sanborn the 100 free and 100 fly, Beck Mclean will swim the 200 free and 100 free, and Zoe Fullerton and Olivia Morea will compete in the 50 free. (Courtesy photo)
Last Updated on Monday, 09 February 2015 10:11
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