B-G's Brogan Hurst (22) looks to move Laconia/Winnisquam's Bryce Ricker (23) off the puck during the Bulldogs' 3-0 victory at Laconia Ice Arena on Saturday. Jeff Lajoie. (click for larger version)
January 06, 2014LACONIA – When 100-point scorer Jeremy D'Amour graduated last year, the Belmont-Gilford hockey team knew it would need some younger players to pick up the scoring slack.
Dylan Treamer answered the call on Saturday.
The sophomore forward found the back of the net twice, and the Bulldogs won their first regular season game of 2014 after over two weeks off with a 3-0 victory over rival Laconia/Winnisquam in Division III action at Laconia Ice Arena.
"Since JD is gone, people have to step up," explained Treamer. "I want to be one of the guys that can do that."
Treamer's big outing was no surprise to B-G head coach Jay Londer, who expected big things from the youngster before the season began. Saturday's performance certainly didn't change that.
"He's a workhorse, a grinder for us," said Londer of Treamer. "He comes up big in games like this. He comes up with big goals when we need them."
It was a measuring stick game for L/W (1-2 entering this week), which played well during the first two games of the year (10-7 win over Manchester West, 4-3 loss to Portsmouth). The Wolfpack received 26 saves from goalkeeper Brayden Harriman but couldn't sneak one past B-G keeper Calvin Davis (13 saves).
"Both teams were rusty and both teams didn't play their best with the holidays and snow the last few weeks," admitted Londer. "It's been a rough winter trying to find practice time so far. But Laconia has a ton of talent and they have lots of kids that can score on any shift."
Treamer opened the scoring just 3:44 into the first period, as he put home a rebound on a Will Mahoney shot for a 1-0 lead. The Bulldogs held a decisive 14-3 advantage in shots during the opening stanza.
Both teams settled in from there, and the Wolfpack kept the 'Dogs off the scoreboard in a scoreless second period. B-G's defense did a nice job in the middle frame, with Davis proving up to the challenge against L/W sniper Dakota Tyno on several occasions.
"Our defense and goaltending played well, particularly in that second period," said Londer. "Calvin settled in nicely and made a few saves when we were only up by that one goal. We were able to keep their skill kids on the outside."
B-G came out flying in the third, and Treamer added a big-time insurance goal with 13:06 remaining. In what was a near carbon copy of his first tally, he buried a shot on the doorstep with assists from Mahoney and Christian Karagianis for a 2-0 advantage.
"That second (goal) gave us the cushion," Londer said.
Treamer said his success on the night was a matter of sticking to the game plan the Bulldogs have been preaching.
"Coach has been saying just get the puck to the net and through traffic and that's what we did on those goals," he said.
B-G (2-0 entering this week) closed things out with 1:24 remaining, as L/W pulled Harriman in favor of an extra attacker to try and cut into the deficit. But the Bulldogs quickly gained possession it their own zone, and junior Andrew D'Amour eventually wound up with the puck for an easy empty-netter that put things away for the 3-0 victory.
The game featured a near-capacity crowd at LIA, with the parking lot filled for the game between the two Lakes Region squads.
"It was energizing," said Treamer of the big crowd. "All the fans got us going."
L/W will have another chance to play the Bulldogs, as the squads meet on Feb. 12 at LIA in what will technically be B-G's home game.