Profile gets redemption in win over MA


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

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Goalie Reese Swedberg scoops up a shot by Profile in a 2-0 loss for Moultonborough. Bob Martin. (click for larger version)
September 11, 2017
BETHLEHEM — In what was a rematch from last year's state tournament, which had Moultonborough knocking off Profile, the Panthers couldn't get things going against the Patriots and lost 2-0.

Both teams had scoring opportunities throughout the first half, with multiple shots on goal by Max Porusta and a nice header early by Gavin Porusta set up by Christian Marsh. Every time Moultonborough had a chance it was thwarted by Profile, who had their fair share of shots on goal as well. It was a nice overall day in net for Reese Swedberg, who was busy all game.

The first goal was unassisted and came at the end of the first half by Killian McKim. The second goal came quickly into the second half when Shamus McKim set up Hanson Hunt to make it 2-0.

It was muddy and wet on the field, with players slipping around and covered with dirt. Both teams were chippy with one another, which is something that also has carried over since the playoffs.

Coach Eric Porusta said the physical play by Profile took Moultonborough out of their game a bit. He said his team is made up of more finesse rather than knocking heads. He was hoping they would be able to match the physicality, but overall Profile came to play and simply wanted it more, he said.

"I just don't think we came to play today," said Porusta. "That was a team we knocked out in the playoffs. They wanted it more than we wanted it. They were running and were physical. We never really adapted. We had some chances at the beginning but not as many as they did. Overall it wasn't necessarily a bad game but it was one of those things where they wanted it more today."

Porusta said he is a coach that believes teams need to learn throughout the season. Not to say the early games don't count, he said, but he hopes the Panthers can piece things together and learn from this experience.

"Even though we are an old team, we aren't necessarily a team that has played together in these positions," Porusta said. "They are playing decent but there is definitely room for improvement."

Profile coach Brent Dentamore said the redemption was sweet, and he was proud of his team for playing hard all 80 minutes and coming away with a shutout. Dentamore said last year Moultonborough was the physical team in the playoffs and he was happy to see his guys step up and play physically, but also keep a clean game.

"We finally put together a full game at 80 minutes," said Dentamore. "We were able to finish the ball up front today, which has been a weakness for us. So being able to put some balls in the net feels really good."

The loss gave Moultonborough a 2-1 record. They faced Sunapee on Sept. 12 after deadline. They will face their Route 25 rival Inter-Lakes on Sept. 15 at 4 p.m. at Inter-Lakes.

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