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Eagles trail for the first time all season, but win BY LLOYD JONES THE CONWAY DAILY SUN

CONWAY — The Kennett High hockey team found itself in an odd position for the fi rst time this season — trailing. The Eagles trailed 3-0 land 5-2 sat week on the road at Belmont-Gilford. The Eagles proved to themselves and everyone else in Division III that they have enough offensive fi repower to come back regardless of the defi cit. The boys from Conway rallied to win 11-6 Wednesday to maintain their spot atop the standings and stay undefeated. “It was really a character building game for us,” Michael Lane, Eagles’ head coach, said. “I think to be able to come back twice like we did says a lot about our team. We got scoring and contributions from everyone.’

“It was really a character building game for us. I think to be able to come back twice like we did says a lot.” Kennett improved to 10-0 with the victory while the Bull Dogs slipped to 8-4. The Eagles were back on the ice last night skating at home against Kearsarge (0-9) at Ham Ice Arena. Results were not known as of press time. It was a rough opening 11 minutes on Wednesday as the Bull Dogs got off a dream 3-0 start. The hosts got on the scoreboard three minutes into the game and added to the lead less then 90 seconds later. With four minutes to play in the fi rst the Bull Dogs made it 3-0 and were looking like they were going to run away with the game. Lane said he considered taking a timeout, but chose not to. “We definitely didn’t play our best hockey over the fi rst 15 minutes, but we really didn’t play badly,” he said, “but it seemed like every time we made a mistake they capitalized. I felt we were playing good enough hockey we could get out of the period without using a timeout. In retrospect, I’m glad I didn’t call for it.” Just 23 seconds after Belmont-Gilford went up 3-0, KHS pulled a goal back. Anthony LaRusso banged home a rebound of a Gabe Lee shot to make it 3-1 with James Gallo also assisting on the play. Kennett High Junior Sean Doherty won Wednesday’s race at Jackson Ski Touring Foundation. See story Page 16. (JAMIE GEMMITI PHOT O)

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Skinny on Sports: mid-season thoughts around the water cooler BY JOHN SKELTON THE CONWAY DAILY SUN

Nice touch of providence and the weather Gods that postponed the Sixth Annual Movin’ on Fusion celebration of the arts from a nasty travel day and evening and originally full bill of high school activities on Friday Jan. 27 to sole spotlight at the KHS Auditorium last Friday. The KHS Project Graduation fund-raiser topped $4,000 in proceeds from admissions, intermission bake sale, 50/50 raffle and art sales. It was great to see the strong support of the Eagle student body for their peers, and so many athletes able to be in attendance, on a rare mid-winter Friday with no basketball games scheduled. This columnist recalls a few Fridays of past years when basketball gym atten-

dance swelled at Fusion intermission, and sporting event-goers snuck their head inside the auditorium at ballgame halftimes. Past the season halfway mark and entering the NHIAA playoff stretch, it’s time to refl ect on early season efforts and offer prognostications on the postseason chances of local Eagles athletic teams. In the category of save the dates are: KHS Eagles hockey (currently 10-0-0, first in Division III, 71 Goals For, 13 Goals Allowed) NHIAA Division III semifinals at F. E. Everett Coliseum in Concord on March 7. Coach Mike Lane will be challenged to keep the troops focused through the preliminary round, but the truth is, there are no more than five teams with any shot at the championship, and avoiding embarrassing playoff moments and a blowout will be the

task of a lower seeded guest team visiting the Ham Arena on March 3 in the quarterfi nal round. The local undefeated side has yet to be regularly tested by their strongest challengers, with a long mid-season away streak and many of the early home victories unappealing spectator events as blowout third period running time wins. Lane likes the schedule progression which provides some tough challenges in the regular season final seven games. A recent compelling away rink challenge saw the Eagles pass a “gut check” in recovering from 3-0 and 5-3 early game defi cits to take an 11-6 victory over upstart Belmont-Gilford (currently fi fth, 8-4-0, 58 GF, 35 GA) at Laconia Ice Rink last mid-week. The see SKINNY page 17

The Conway Daily Sun, Tuesday, February 7, 2012  

The Conway Daily Sun, Tuesday, February 7, 2012