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12 - January 14, 2011


Pelham~Windham Sports Pelham~Windham Sports


Wolf Pack Blanks Souhegan Sabers


W-P student/fans travel to Conway arena in Nashua to support the Wolf Pack: Sirena Hilbert, Mike Croatti, Jon Dostic, Brandon Skinner, and Ryan White


by Marc Ayotte In Saturday hockey matinee action held at the Conway Arena in Nashua, the Wolf Pack of Windham-Pelham (W-P) received goals from four different players as they skated past the young Sabers from Souhegan with a penalty- infested, 5-0 win. The shutout was the third on the year for the Pack and the second for senior standout goalie Caitlin Re. Re shined as she turned aside all 13 Souhegan shots, including a late third-period barrage to lower her goals against average to 2.80 after five games. Just minutes into the game, it was apparent that the Wolf Pack was a stronger and faster skating team. Coming out aggressively, the Pack almost got on the board in the first minute, but Stephen Beck’s wrist shot from just inside the right face-off circle was kicked aside by Souhegan’s goalie Ryan Peterson. Not long after at 3:02


into the period, W-P scoring machine Nick Morin with an assist from fellow tri-captain Korey Lubinger gave the visitors a 1-0 lead. One minute and twenty-six seconds later, Stephen Beck was not to be denied this time, as his wrister from the slot beat Peterson stick-side, giving the Pack a two-goal cushion.


Souhegan missed scoring on their


best chance of the period when Re made an in close blocker save on Saber freshman Cullen Johnson. In the ensuing action, goalie Re was plowed into by a Saber skater and teammate Beck, in attempting to protect his goalie, got his name on the other side of the stat sheet by picking up a two- minute minor for cross checking. With Souhegan on the power play, Korey Lubinger broke up a crossing pass and skated in alone on Souhegan’s Peterson. His short-handed bid was stuffed by the Saber sophomore net


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minder, at which time Peterson had probable cause for suing his teammates for non-support. After the Pack coughed up the puck at their own blue line, Re had a solid stop on a Souhegan 2 on 1 break-in. Off that save, Brian Barnard took the puck down the left wing and after being crunched into the right boards (on a solid Souhegan check), teammate Colin Begin, trailing the play, picked up the loose rubber and drove it past the beleaguered Souhegan goalie. After the first 15 minutes, W-P led 3-0. Head coach Doug Watson was happy for the line of Begin-Barnard-Malone: “They came alive yesterday—they’ve been playing real, real hard; they just weren’t getting the puck in the net. It was nice to see them get on the board.” In the scoreless second period, Souhegan came close to getting on the board when they clanked the cross bar with a shot from the slot. Soon after, Wolf Pack senior Zack Malone was sent in on a breakaway. As he approached the Souhegan net, a Saber defender hauled him down from behind, creating one of the most exciting scenarios in hockey—the penalty shot (see photo). Skating in from center ice as both teams looked on, Malone deked to his right and then went to his backhand, trying to beat Peterson to his stick side. The Souhegan goalie came up with a beautiful right-pad save, keeping the Pack lead at three goals. The last half of the game was marred with numerous infractions, resulting in a game-total 39 minutes in penalties, including a five-minute major and a 10-minute misconduct. Two and a half minutes into the final frame, though, déjà-vu visited the Conway ice as Morin notched his second goal of the game on an assist, again from linemate Lubinger. W-P netminder Re made


Stephen Beck (#5; far right), with a wrist shot from the center slot, beats Souhegan’s goalie Peterson just inside his stick-side post


Wolf Pack offensive threats Morin, Paradis, and Lubinger watch second-period action against Souhegan


probably her biggest save of the night with less than two minutes to go in the game as she flashed her left pad out, stuffing a Saber attempt just outside the crease and preserving the shutout.


Junior Alec Paradis kept his goal scoring streak going as he added one late in the game to seal up the win.


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Jeff Trovato makes a free throw in their home loss to Pembroke Academy


submitted by David Jaracz Despite an improving team defense and a spirited home crowd supporting them, the Windham High School boys’ basketball team lost their fifth consecutive game, 69-2, to the Pembroke Academy Spartans. Hot three-point shooting is a difficult obstacle to overcome, and Pembroke hit three of them early to help build a quick lead over the Jaguars. Windham played tough interior defense, but could not keep up the scoring pace when the Spartans started hitting their long-range shots. After a quick layup from sophomore


Alex Whitehead, Windham (0-5) found themselves down 5-3 in the first


stages of the game. It looked like it might be a low scoring contest until Pembroke (3-1) hit three three-pointers in the last four minutes of the quarter; two of them by sophomore guard Matthew Persons, who led all scorers with 20 points. Freshman guard Patrick Welch followed his teammate in scoring with 19. Whitehead led all Windham players with seven points. Despite the final score, Windham’s defense played with hustle, with players hitting the floor and diving for loose balls throughout the contest. This helped lead to Windham being in the bonus for almost the entire remainder of the first half, and it looked like the Jaguars might be able to catch up at the charity stripe. Unfortunately for Windham, their made


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free throws could not keep up with the offensive output from Pembroke’s outside offensive attack. When Windham tried to take the ball inside, they had a hard time dealing with six-foot, five-inch junior forward Tyler Morrison, who was a force defensively. Windham was unable to generate many second-chance opportunities, as Pembroke was able to claim most of the rebounds at their end of the court. The Spartans hit their stride offensively and were able to build a halftime lead of 45-12. The defensive play of the game came in the third quarter for the Jaguars when junior D.J. O’Brien hustled back on defense to break up a two-on-one, fast- break chance. He managed to get back on defense and swat the ball away at the last second, preventing a sure bucket. Pembroke continued their fast-break attack, taking advantage of a tiring Windham defense, and scored 10 points in a span of four minutes, all on fast-break lay-ups. The fourth quarter saw things


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slow down, but Windham’s offensive woes continued. They made only half of their free throws in the quarter (three out of six), and the game ended with the 69-21 score. Pembroke has scored at least 59 points in all of their games this season, and the Jaguars are scoring just under 40 per game. Windham looks to change their fortunes with two home games this week, hosting Oyster River on Friday, January 14, and then Milford on January 18.


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photos by Marc Ayotte


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