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Bulldogs skate past Bearcats for second win


by Bob Martin
Sports Reporter - Gilford Steamer, WInnisquam Echo, Meredith News

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Joey Blake pursues the puck against Somersworth/Coe-Brown last week. Blake had a goal in the 4-2 win. Bob Martin. (click for larger version)
January 15, 2018
LACONIA — The Belmont/Gilford Bulldogs are slowly but surely figuring out what combinations are working best on the ice, and last week the hockey team defeated Somersworth/Coe-Brown 4-2 for its second win of the season.

Somersworth/Coe Brown struck first in the game with a goal on a one-timer that slipped past Colin McGreevy. It came on a one timer by Jake Spainhower, and was put into the top right corner of the net.

After several close chances for Belmont/Gilford in the ensuing minutes, Hayden Parent scored to tie the game 1-1. It was assisted by Harrison Parent, who fed his brother the puck from behind the net. Troy Gallagher also assisted on the goal.

It was a 1-1 game at the end of one period, in what was already a tough, physical matchup. After a couple of penalties by Somersworth/Coe Brown, the Bulldogs had a power play and took advantage with a goal by Zack Gilbert. It was the first varsity goal for Gilbert, who is a freshman. Assisting on the goal was Hayden Parent and Miles Defosses.

Just several minutes later Joey Blake put a slap shot from the blue line the back of the net to make it 3-1. It was assisted by Liam Lacey. The final goal for the Bulldogs was by Harrison Parent with 8:49 left in the second period. It was assisted by Hayden Parent.

Daniel Strum of Somersworth/Coe Brown inched the team back into the game, but it wasn't enough as the Bulldogs were able to hold the team off and come away with a solid win.

Coach Dave Saball said the team is starting to gain speed offensively and defensively. He said Broedy Gagnon switched back to defense and played very well.

"Converting some of these guys is tough," said Saball. "It is a process that takes a while but I think there has been good improvement from the beginning."

Saball said the line with the Parent brothers has turned into quite the force as well, which provides a goal scoring spark any time they are on the ice.

McGreevy continues to impress Saball in his freshman season, with the coach saying he played "outstanding."

"He makes some great saves and plays when we need them, and he is handling the pressure well," Saball said, adding that he had 23 saves. "He is doing a really great job for us."

Belmont/Gilford went up against Kennett at home on Jan. 17 and will face Laconia/Winnisquam on Jan. 20 at 1:45 at Merrill Fay Arena.

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