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Huge first period leads B-G to victory


by Jeff Lajoie
Sports Reporter

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Laconia/Winnisquam’s Hunter Karwocki and B-G’s Christian Karagianis battle for control of the puck during first period action at Laconia Ice Arena on Dec. 19. The Bulldogs pulled away for a 10-1 win. Jeff Lajoie. (click for larger version)
December 20, 2012
LACONIA – It was just one of those nights for the Belmont-Gilford hockey team.

The Bulldogs scored seven goals in a wild first period, stopping an upstart Laconia-Winnisquam squad right in its tracks en route to a 10-1 victory in Division III action at Laconia Ice Arena on Dec. 19.

"Laconia is a really good team and I think the score doesn't show the caliber of team they have," explained B-G coach Jay Londer.

B-G (3-0 after the win) got after it right away, as freshman Caleb Drouin scored the team's first goal just 3:49 into the opening period when he buried a rebound off a Daryll Cahill blast for a 1-0 lead.

Drouin made it 2-0 less than two minutes later, as he poked home a power play goal off a feed from Jeremy D'Amour.

"We came out flying and the bounces started going our way," admitted Londer. "Once we got the first goal, we didn't take our foot off the gas because we know what kind of team Laconia has and what they are capable of."

Jeremy D'Amour extended things to 3-0 with 7:57 remaining in the opening period, as he took a long pass from younger brother Andrew D'Amour and broke in alone on Laconia goalkeeper Bryden Harriman. The Wolfpack goalie was busy in the first period, as he faced 20 shots from the Bulldogs.

"In my opinion, (Harriman) is one of the best goalkeepers in the league," said Londer. "He just didn't have his best night tonight and I told him that after the game. He's a really strong goalie who happened to have an off night."

Brogan Hurst tallied on a short-handed goal for B-G with 4:27 remaining with assists to the D'Amour brothers, and Tom Kuntz made it 5-0 when he took a feed from Christian Karagianis and found the back of the net.

Cahill got his first of the night on a bullet from the point with 1:55 to play and Jeremy D'Amour buried his second of the period on a low blast with just 4.4 seconds remaining for a 5-on-3 power play goal to make it 7-0. Drouin picked up the assist as the Bulldogs held a 20-6 edge in shots in the first stanza.

Jeremy D'Amour picked up yet another hat trick on the young season with a tally midway through the second period, and Kuntz nabbed his second of the night with 1:40 left to push the advantage to 9-0.

Dylan Treamer made it an even 10-0 with 13:37 remaining in the third period before L/W, which beat Manchester West the previous week for its first win in two years, finally got on the board with 11:45 to play. Rob Goodell managed to get one by B-G goalkeeper Calvin Davis to account for the 10-1 final.

"The benefit of a game like this is we get to build the depth of our team," said Londer, who played his entire lineup in the second and third periods. "This is my fourth year coaching here and to be able to do that and develop kids in game situations is really nice."

Drouin finished with two goals and two assists and Jeremy D'Amour added two helpers to his three goals in an outstanding night for the top line (Drouin-D'Amour-D'Amour). The trio totaled 11 points in the win.

Kuntz had two goals and an assist for the Bulldogs, which finished with a 32-14 edge in shots.

The teams meet one more time this regular season when they tangle back at LIA on Feb. 13.

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