Laconia 5, Inter-Lakes 1
The Sachems even their record while the Lakers are winless. Skylar Tautkas led the way with 3 goals and 2 assists. Emma LaDuke and Nicole Turpin added one each and Alison George had 10 saves.
Belmont 5, Somersworth 0
Belmont goes to 2-0-1 with the win. The Red Raiders goal differential this year is 12-1!
Prospect Mountain 5, Berlin 0
The Timberwolves have played some tough teams early on and got their first to move to a respectable 1-1-1 on the season.
Gilford 8, Monadnock 0
The Golden Eagles sent the Huskies home with their tail between their legs by holding Monadnock to only one shot on goal while they had 13. Abi Jarvi connected on four, Shelby Cole had a pair and Maddi Rector and Reece Sadler each found the back of the net. Coach Robert Myers liked what he saw. “Overall team win. We controlled the ball for the majority of the game. The midfield moved the ball quickly and accurately.”
White Mountains 3 Winnisquam 2
The Bears suffered their second loss of the season late last week – a heartbreaking loss with a few seconds left to play. Winnisquam scored late in the first half off a corner kick as Sam Wood scored on a masterful cross from Trevor Gray. The Bears took a shaky 1-0 lead into the break. The Spartans Nick Travers answered back in the opening minutes of the second half to even the score but Winnisquam took the lead with another corner kick. Pat Welch scored as Gray again gets the assist. The wheels came off in the last two minutes of the game as White Mountain’s Sjlas Southworth scored a PK and in the final seconds Nick Travers scored on a set play goal to put his team up 3-2.
Winnisquam 6, Franklin 2
All news is not bad for Winnisquam as they came back for a win over Franklin on Tuesday. Pat Welch netted a hat-trick while Jacob Weaver and Eric Young collected two apiece. Hunter Hinxman had a goal and an assist and Calvin Dodge had two helpers. Coach Jacob Bodah liked the way his boys played. “We were able to possess the ball, find feet, find runs, and applied a high rate of pressure. Patrick Welch played an exceptional game and was able to capitalize on many of his chances. Hunter Hinxman, Eric Young, Trevor Gray controlled the ball well in the center field and found targets thank to runs by Sam Wood and Calvin Dodge.” The Bears put their 1-2 record on the line Friday against Brady in Tilton.
Belmont 9, Newfound 0
Newfound falls to 1-4 on the young season.
Gilford 1, Inter-Lakes 0
Gilford is 3-0-1 after clipping the Lakers 1-0, for their second 1-0 win of the season. Hunter Sanders scored the lone goal for the Golden Eagles and it was described as “superb” on the Inter-Lakes twitter feed so you know it was something special! The Lakers are a hard luck 1-3 with two one-goal losses and the other a 2-0 shutout to Laconia.
Prospect Mountain 4, Bishop Brady 0
The Timberwolves stayed undefeated (2-0-1) by taking care of the Green Giants in Concord. Prospect Mountain has let up zero goals and scored 13 this season.
Gilford 8, Laconia 0
The Golden Eagles trounce the Sachems behind Briana Salanitro's four goals. Randi Byars tallied her first varsity goal and Freshmen Shea Brown added two goals along with Allyson Carr netting one. Coach Dave Rogacki sees the girls getting better each game. “Improved passing by Nicole Berube, Taryn Fountain, and Sydni Lehr helped us improve to 2 and 1 on the young season. Halfbacks Ashley Hart, Natalie Fraser, and Kolbi Plante are starting to play better defense in the midfield, which is allowing the offensive attacks to be more aggressive.” A couple of home games next against Littleton and Brady before some tough matches against Hopkinton, Winnisquam and Newfound in the coming weeks.
Winnisquam 10, Franklin 0
It was a mismatch between local rivals this week as the Bears scored early and often against Franklin. In the first half, Winnisquam ran the score up to 5-0. Coach Erin Cayer said her girls put the pressure on and kept it there. “The offensive line held their ground and kept the ball in Franklin’s defensive circle. Franklin had two great break always and were met with a fierce and determined defensive line including seniors Jasmine Gove and goalie Jessica Lee.” Freshman Kaitlyn Carey was a force as she stopped every ball that came her way and quickly moved it back onto Franklin’s defense. “Our midfielders worked hard making plays and looking for lanes to move the ball. Today, the girls set the tone and kept it. The forward line took every shot on goal and worked to make corner plays.” said Cayer. five more tallies and the route was complete 10-0. Winnisquam moves to 2-1 on the season while Franklin goes to 0-3 and have yet to score a goal.
Winnisquam tops Belmont
The bears open defense of their state championship with a decisive straight set win over crosstown rival Belmont 25-17, 25-16 and 25-16. It was the Isabelle, Goodwin and Dill show this time: Gabby Isabelle collected 21 kills and 7 digs. Shannon Goodwin got 5 kills and 10 digs while Olivia Dill had 26 assists and 2 digs. Also chipping in was Aubrey St. Onge with 9 digs and 6 assists, Alli Foster recorded 6 kills and 4 blocks and Sarah Seymour helped out with 2 kills and 5 digs. It was a good start for Winnisquam according to head coach Mike Livernois. “Nice opening win, very hot in the gym, need to work on keeping our intensity consistent.” Fall Mountain is next up in the Bear Den.
Slow start for Newfound
Last week we reported on the Inter-Lakes victory over Newfound in straight sets. Recently we heard from Head Coach Amy Fairbank about her team this year and the loss to the Lakers. Last year the Bears finished their season making it to the final four with a loss to Inter-Lakes. “We have a small team with two graduating defensive players. So this year I had most of my team returning. I have a swinger from last year returning as a varsity player and I took another player on as a swing player this year.” This year was a tricky one to begin according to Fairbank. “Since preseason and through the two jamborees I was going back and forth between my offenses. I thought I had it until our first match when the team discussed some other options and we are switching it once again. I think this will be a much better fit for our team.” Fairbank expected a more competitive match in the opener against the Lakers but they lost in three sets. “The game was well matched. We came out a little slow in the first game. The volleys were long and it was a good match to watch. We were defensive most of the match and only put up 14 kills for the whole team. Many of the errors on our part were unforced errors.” The scores were 25-13, 25-19, and 25-20 and Fairbanks is shouldering a lot of the blame. “I am taking that loss as I should with perspective and an opportunity to learn. The girls know what they need to do to get back to the playoffs and I expect with these girls they will do that.” Rare to hear a coach that tough on herself but they will likely right the ship and be fine. Ashlee Dukette and Bailey Fairbank both had 5 kills followed by Aryn with 3 kills in the game.
Moultonborough drops close one
Moultonborough Academy fells just short in a thriller to open the season against Farmington! After dropping the first two sets (18-25 and 19-25), they won the second two (25-21 and 25-14) to force a deciding fifth set. It went right down to the wire with Farmington pulling it out 18-16. It was a close, hard fought game for both teams and in the words of Coach Lindsay Bliznik had a postseason feel. “It felt more like a championship game than a first game of the season.” The coach was impressed by the girls’ resiliency. “Senior setter Jess Lear went 12-12 from the service line with three aces. Outside hitters Maddie Perrotti and Abi Iverson had great games as well.” How do you top that start? Hopefully winning the next one!
Laconia nets two wins
Two wins on the week. First the Sachems took out John Stark in four sets in the home opener. Caitlin Beattie led Laconia with three aces, 14 digs and 22 assists. Gabby Caravona got things going with 27 digs while Hannah Dow had 14 kills to go along with 23 digs. Coach Mary Ann Myers was impressed. “Our energy was good, even in the set that we lost the girls stayed positive and came back strong in the fourth set which is something that we have struggled with in the past.” Game two was in North Conway and Laconia sent the home crowd home early with a straight set victory over Kennett. Each set had the same 25-17 score. Beattie had another solid game all around rattling off the first 10 points of set with 2 from the service line. She ended the night with 7 aces, 6 kills, 9 digs, and 22 assists. Hannah Dow was huge again with 4 aces, 10 kills, and 26 digs while Avy Bartlett added 7 kills, 3 digs, and 2 blocks and according to Myers “took care of the ball at the net very well tonight.”
New England Wolves to open season
Hockey season starts next week, believe it or not! The New England Wolves junior hockey teams embark on their sixth season in the Lakes Region, playing out of the Merrill Fay Arena. Recently we met a couple of players and spoke with Tim Kunes, the head coach of the U20 team, about the upcoming season. Training camp has already begun with opening night coming up soon. Kunes takes over the U20 team for his first year at the helm. A Boston College graduate from Huntington New York, he played professionally for 8 seasons in Europe. Kunes won the NCAA National Championship while at BC in 2008 and won 2 Norwegian Championships with the Stavanger Oilers. It’s his second year in the Wolves system as he guided the EHLP U19 team to the playoffs last season before being bumped up to the big team. Last year both teams had success and were recognized for their off-ice activates as well according to Kunes. “Both teams made the playoffs but most importantly were awarded humanitarians of the year for the entire league for our contributions to the community. We provided more than 1000 hours of community service which we are very proud of.” They also had many local fundraisers that supported a bunch of local charites. “Our biggest fundraiser was the JBT game that raised a lot of money for cancer research and I think it was our third year doing that.”
Laconia and the EHL remains a magnet for players hoping to play at the next level. The average age of a college freshman playing hockey is 20.5 years, according to Kunes. “The teams are looking at players with junior hockey experience. Those with that development under their belt have an advantage over a high school player right out of school.” If you think about it an NBA player at that age is sometimes considered a seasoned pro! Some of the players are from near and far. We sat down with a couple of players with one coming from our back yard. Caleb Drouin is a 2016 graduate of Belmont High and loves playing close to home. “I know everyone on the team and in the community. It’s easy to get lost in bigger programs like the one I played at last year in Hudson.” He lives at home and that makes things easier. Meanwhile, Chris Muhr is from Colorado and is in his final year of juniors. Why does he come all the way to NH? “I played last year with DJ Swanky and he suggested I come here. I played on a team and had a good year, but the team was not very good and I was looking for a change of scenery. I am hoping to get a DIII commitment so he told me there was a goalie opening in Laconia because they had two of their goalies commit. He also said that the Wolves get a lot of commitments, so I jumped on it.” While Drouin enjoys the comforts of familiar surroundings, players like Muhr rely on host families from now until late March or even April if their playoff run is deep. Kuhn said they couldn’t do this without the host families. “They are very important to take care of our guys and we are very grateful.” Both players are looking ahead to college but focused on this year. Drouin said he’s got another year of juniors. “I’m looking at the season and not too far ahead. I really want to get to college but really only looking at the season and not getting too far ahead of myself.” An average day in the life of a junior hockey player is like a full time job with training, practicing and getting to games but some take college level courses or have jobs like Drouin. “I work some at Fay’s Boat yard in the summer and some part time jobs during the season and have not begun taking any classes, just focused on hockey at this point.” Muhr is looking to the next level. “I’ve looked at St. Anselms and Johnson and Wales and would love to play at the next level.”
The home opener is coming up against the East Coast Wizards at Merrill Fay arena on Friday September 14th at 1:45pm. Kunes likes both teams and hopes to be playing into April of next year. “Both teams are looking very strong working hard and preparing for the season. I think we can improve on our results from last year and we look forward to a very successful season.” Kunes encourages every to come out and support the team. “This is a great hockey area and people love hockey here. We’ve got two strong teams this year so come on down to the rink and see some great hockey during the winter months.” Most games are on the weekend with some scattered during the week. Find out more and get the schedule at https://www.ne-wolveshockey.com/ Tickets are cheap and the quality of hockey is high. Good luck Wolves!
The road ahead
Football, football and more football as Division IV gets underway. Plus a one on one with Scott Crowder as the sports complex vision for the Laconia State School property in Laconia continues to move forward.
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