Thursday, January 19, 2017

NH HS Division III Game of the Week

This week's most highly anticipated NH High School hockey contest was a Division III (Small School) matchup between the unbeaten Kennett Eagles and the 1 loss Belmont- Gilford Bulldogs.  Both teams are traditional powers as Kennett has won 3 state championships in the last decade and was a final four team in 2015-16.  Belmont- Gilford was a finalist in 2015-16 and took the championship in 2014-15.  Their only loss thus far was to Berlin- Gorham.

The Ham Arena in North Conway, NH, was jam-packed full of local Kennett fans, as each team took to the ice.  Early on both Kennett and B/G traded scores in the close- checking affair.

Belmont- Gilford started to pull away mid-way through the contest when Senior Forward Chaz Hackling scored.  Kennett would not be denied however, as their Junior class of Forwards (Doucet, Couture and McPherson) all had quality chances.

Senior Defenseman James Buckley potted a goal to extend the Belmont/ Gilford lead to 3-1 before Junior forward Hunter Dupuis would add an insurance goal late to make it 4-1.

Both teams played well, and this will certainly be a matchup to keep your eyes on.  Next up for Belmont/ Gilford is Laconia/ Winnisquam at 4pm Saturday.  Kennett looks to get back on track as they play at Kearsarge/ Plymouth on Saturday at 6pm.

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