The Belmont-Gilford hockey team had some unfinished business with Kennett. When the Bulldogs faced Kennett in its own holiday tournament, they outshot the hosts but wound up losing in overtime.
“The guys knew they could beat them, and they were upset the way that game ended,” Belmont-Gilford Coach Dave Saball said. “So they wanted to prove they could beat them.”
The Bulldogs did just that as they got a balanced offensive effort and three third-period goals on their way to a 4-1 win Wednesday night. It was the first loss of the season for the Eagles (7-1) while Belmont-Gilford moved to 5-1-1.
Kennett was allowing just 1.0 goals per game coming into the contest and the most goals the Eagles had given up this year was three, which happened only once.
“We got scoring from a lot of different places. That was key,” Saball said. “And we took advantage of the opportunities we had.”
After a scoreless first period, the Bulldogs opened the scoring early in the second on a goal from Hayden Parent, assisted by Chaz Hacking.
It stayed 1-0 until Hacking scored an unassisted goal 1:42 into the third. Belmont-Gilford’s lead moved to 3-0 less than two minutes later when James Buckley scored on an assist from Alex Muthersbaugh.
The Eagles finally got on the board with 3:45 left on the clock, but the Bulldogs ended any hopes of a comeback when Hunter Dupuis scored an empty-net goal with 36 seconds left.
Buckley and Owen Ramsey anchored the defensive effort in front of goalie Bailey Defosie, who also played well and finished with 15 saves.
“We played solid defense. We back-checked well and we were winning battles from our forwards to our D,” Saball said. “It’s a big win for us.” GIRLS’ HOCKEY
Bishop Brady-Trinity-West 3
Key players: Concord – Olivia Branch (2 goals), Maddy Farrelly (goal), Jill Dusseault (goal, assist), Jaden Morin (goal), Allyson Poulin (goal, assist), Lilly Vezina (2 assists), Maddy Audet (32 saves); Brady – Maryanne Wiley (3 goals), Lauren Trippiendi (2 assists), Sydney Harrington (assist)
Highlights/key moments: After trailing 2-0 early on, the Tide were able to score six of the game’s next seven goals to get back in the win column after a shutout loss earlier this week. Brady saw a three-game win streak snapped.
Records: Concord 4-3; Brady 4-2BOYS’ BASKETBALL
Belmont 75, Campbell 64
Key players: Belmont – Trevor Hunt (14 points, 18 rebounds), Doug Price (15 points), Derek Stevens (15 points), Matt Pluskis (14 points)
Highlights/key moments: Campbell’s constant defensive pressure forced the Raiders into a faster tempo than they’re used to, but Belmont was able to execute offense at the increased speed to pull off a big win at home. Belmont led by 10 at half, but the Cougars edged ahead midway through the third. That’s when Griffin Embree came off the bench to spell Stevens at the point and help spark the Raiders. Not only did Embree handle Campbell’s pressure, the 5-foot-7 sophomore drew contact and created free throw opportunities for himself that led to five points and pushed Belmont back into the lead for good.
Coach’s quote: “This is a really good win for us. Hopefully it will put the Lakes Region on the map.” – Belmont’s Jim Cilley
Records: Belmont 7-1; Campbell 6-2
Laconia 57, Kennett 56
Key players: Laconia – Hannah Dow (10 points), Caitlin Beattie (10 points), Delia Cormier (7 points); Kennett – Lindsay Kenny (21 points)
Highlights/key moments: Led by the 10 points from Beattie, who hit two important 3-pointers, Laconia got 27 points off its bench and was able to hold on for the win at home.
Coach’s quote: “I’m proud of the entire team. We have been working hard for the last couple weeks and I have not been able to get the ball to fall out way. Tonight, I thought the girls did a great job fighting and finally found the ways to come out with the victory.” – Laconia’s Jeff Greeley
Records: Laconia 2-7; Kennett 1-7
Kearsarge 39, Hopkinton 37
Key players: Kearsarge – Devi Kraushaar (10 points), Madi Brayshaw (9 points), Maicy Hansen (7 points); Hopkinton – Abby Houston (13 points, 7 rebounds), Katie Meserve (7 points, 10 rebounds), Taylor Signor (5 points, 5 assists)
Highlights/key moments: Kearsarge built a 19-point lead after three quarters before Hopkinton staged a furious fourth-quarter rally that fell just short. It was the 10th straight win for the D-III Cougars, who will host D-II Merrimack Valley on Friday.
Coach’s quote: “Great effort by the Hawks tonight. We always talk about playing to the last whistle and tonight was evidence of that.” – Hopkinton’s Pat Roye
“We stressed at halftime putting the pedal down in the third quarter and we did that, but then we just didn’t really finish. Credit Hopkinton, they hit some shots and fought hard and we just hung on.” – Kearsarge’s Keith Roberts
Records: Kearsarge 10-0; Hopkinton 3-7 WRESTLING
Plymouth 66, Bow 18
Key players: Bow – Zach Anderson (120 pounds, win by pin), Mark Borak (130, win by pin), Jack Olsen (170, win by pin)
Highlights/key moments: Borak and Olsen were underdogs on paper, but they were able to pull off the upsets.
Coach’s quote: “We knew we weren’t going to win, we were wrestling for pride and to prove ourselves, and I think we did that.” – Bow’s Brock Hoffman