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Berlin/Gorham hockey boys take out Kennett

by Jody Houle
Contributing Writer - Berlin Reporter

Hunter Fauteux scores for Berlin-Gorham against Kennett last week. Jody Houle. (click for larger version)
February 12, 2017
BERLIN The Division III Berlin/Gorham Mountaineers defeated the Kennett Eagles last Wednesday in an ice hockey match at the Notre Dame Arena. There was a decent crowd and Berlin/Gorham fans showed their support and cheered for the hometown heroes.

The Mounties are the defending 2015/16 champs and are currently in fourth place with 10 wins and three losses. The team tied 2-2 with John Stark/Hopkinton on Saturday. The Berlin/Gorham boys won 3-1 against Kennett, the second place team, who is now 11-2-0.

The game started with Mountie forward Hunter Fauteux in the box less than a minute into the game for tripping, putting them a man short. Kennett didn't capitalize but got possession and had shots on goal that didn't get around Mountie goalie Trent Labrecque. Defenseman Ricky Lambert got a penalty at 8:30 left in the period and sat for two minutes. Shorthanded, Berlin played good defense. The game was aggressive with sticks flying and bodies dropping. Neither team scored. The Mounties had 10 shots on goal and the Eagles had 11.

A minute and 14 seconds into the second period, Fauteux scored unassisted. The Eagles retaliated and broke away, tying it at 12:27. That would be the first and last Eagle goal. The puck was up-and-down the rink and Labrecque continued stopping it. Nobody else scored for the remainder. It was all the Mounties from then on.

At 50 seconds into the last period, an Eagle got put in the box for interference and the Mounties took advantage of a power play in a faceoff, Cameron Cochran got the puck to Owen Dorval, who scored at 14:01. It was then 2-1. The Mounties scored their last goal at 11:11 when Leo Croteau passed to Damon Ruel, who scooped the biscuit into the basket. Dorval got a penalty at 8:21 and so did Travis Lamontagne at 4:23 but the Eagles didn't capitalize. However, the Eagles kept Labrecque busy with shots. Berlin/Gorham kept up with great defense. Kennett got a penalty at 2:30 and took their goalie out to no avail.

Labrecque had 27 saves and the Eagles had 32.

The Mounties faced Sanborn on Tuesday results to-be-announced. The Mounties will play Moultonborough/Inter-Lakes, ranked ninth, on Saturday at the Notre Dame Arena at 6 p.m.

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