by Marc Ayotte Saturday night, January 21, saw a division
III hockey battle take place at Salem’s Icenter between fourth ranked Windham-Pelham and sixth rated John Stark from Weare. The Wolf pack entered the contest averaging nearly eight goals per game in divisional play. Delighting the W- P contingent as well as highlighting the potent Pack attack was a hat trick performance by Alec Paradis. With accompanying two goal encores by Nick Morin and Dustin Lubinger, the Generals were asking “where” is our defense, as the Pack improved to 6-1 on the season, dismissing the Generals by a score of 9-4. The win, combined with Hollis-Brookline’s somewhat surprising 8-5 shootout victory over former third place Souhegan, helped W-P leapfrog over the Sabers into the third spot in the standings, trailing only undefeated teams Alvirne and Kennett, who are first and second, respectively. The Wolf pack scoring parade began rather auspiciously. Up against the end boards, senior tri-captain Nick Morin sent a harmless centering pass towards the front of the net that ultimately found its way across the goal line, banking in off the stick of Stark goalie Connor McDonald, at the 8:22 mark. A dis-allowed W-P goal kept the score 1-0 until there was 1:17 remaining in the opening period. With assists from Matt Cerretani and Porter Carelli, ‘Scorin’ Morin notched his second goal of the period, officially giving the Pack a 2-0 lead. Eleven seconds later, Alec Paradis scored his first goal of the evening, an unassisted effort that gave the Pack a 3-0 lead, as the Zamboni made its first appearance. In being completely dominated in the first 15 minutes of play, the General’s offense, or lack thereof, more resembled retreat
mode, as the figurative 45 degree pitch in the ice towards the Stark net revealed the early superiority of the Pack. The shooting gallery continued in the second. At 1:47, Dustin Lubinger scored to give W-P a commanding 4-0 lead. John Stark finally broke the string of Pack goals when they cut into the lead with a power play goal by winger Simon Hunter with 7:04 remaining in the middle period. Finding some life in the after math of their first tally, the Generals mounted another charge. Robbie Ferguson’s shot on net forced Pack goalie
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Dustin Lubinger #11 and Korey Lubinger #9 flank General’s goalie Connor McDonald in a first period scoring opportunity at Salem’s Icenter
Michael Donovan to make a nice pad save, but the rebound found the stick of Garrett Thomas who promptly put it past Donovan to cut the Pack lead to 4-2, with 6:02 remaining in the period. With puck movement becoming increasingly easier for the visiting red, white and blue Stark squad, the Pack soon put that dream to bed. ‘Brothers Lubinger’ combined to regain the three- goal lead. Korey found brother Dustin in the high slot, who rifled a shot past General’s net minder McDonald. The shot clanked off the crossbar and bounced across the goal line as ‘K-Lube’ stood
at the top of the crease with the conventional celebrative stick raising; Pack 5, Stark 2, after two. To Stark’s credit, they did not fade away and die – at least not yet. At 1:29 of the final frame, General’s Nick Saball beat Donovan on his stick side after the Pack goalie made a great initial pad save on Keith Galli, and quickly W-P’s lead was cut to 5-3. Bring on ‘Alec the Great’. Sandwiching a W-P goal by Stephen Beck, Paradis’ goals at 1:53 and 11:07 of the third, catapulted the Pack to an insurmountable 8-3 advantage. After picking up his second goal of the game on assists from David Selden and tri-captain Korey Lubinger, the trio repeated the act. A beautiful, tape to tape, centering pass from ‘K-Lube’ to #16 allowed the senior to light the lamp for the eighth time this season, with Selden picking up the second assist. After a meaningless goal by Stark’s Galli, Pack’s Porter Carelli finished off the scoring with a goal that led to the 9-4 drubbing. W-P goalie Michael Donovan picked up the win between the pipes, recording 18 saves along the way.
After the game, W-P head coach Doug Watson credited his team with a fine performance; “they played what I thought was a good solid game, they skated and moved the puck.” Adding to his game assessment, Watson noted; “John Stark has always played us well. They are a very good, well-coached team. They never gave up.” Looking to the distant future, the leader of the Pack added; “I certainly would not want to play them in the playoffs.”
Looking to the near future, the Wolf pack has
a challenging week. On January 25, the Pack hosts Souhegan at the Icenter before battling front running Alvirne at Skate 3 on January 28.
Python Wrestling Wrap-up
by Marc Ayotte The Pelham High wrestlers competed twice this past week with a dual meet against Newport in the Snake Pit and an away quad meet at Salem, featuring the host Blue Devils,Bishop Guertin and Hollis-Brookline. The home meet on Wednesday, January 18, was officially a tri-meet, in that Kearsarge Regional did compete, albeit with just one wrestler. In that match, Lucas Beltz was the unfortunate Cougar, wrestling in the 120- weight class. Beltz spent little time on the mat as Pelham’s Josh Medeiros used up a mere 70 seconds on his way to recording a win by fall and thereby a team victory for the Pythons. However, against Newport, Pelham incurred six individual losses by forfeit, allowing the Tigers to walk away with a 42-30 team win. Pelham split the four matches whose outcome
was actually determined on the mats. Producing wins for the Pythons were Kevin DeAngelo (138) and Jared Boyden (106). According to NBC Sports, it would have cost Ford, Pepsi or any other advertiser for that matter, a lofty $3.5 million to promote their product in the upcoming Super Bowl in the amount of time it took DeAngelo to dismiss Newport’s Patrick Henning. A mere 30 seconds was all the Python junior needed to chalk up his win by fall. In Boyden’s win, he jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the match’s first 30 seconds and built that lead to a commanding 12-0 score before pinning Riley Cook at the 2:56 mark. Matt Blanchard and Matt Koch wrestled well
for Pelham but they were unable to come away with a win. Blanchard stayed close with his opponent Sam Earle, trailing 4-3 after two periods.
But the Tiger opened up the lead in the decisive third period and despite a late scoring reversal by Blanchard, went on to defeat the Python with a 12-5 decision. In another tough match, assistant Python coach Chris Thomas noted that he thought Koch wrestled his best match of the season. Unfortunately the Pelham freshman came out on the short end of a triple overtime 6-4 decision. Although it was a low scoring affair, the exciting match saw four lead changes, including a late regulation two point take down by Koch to give him a 4-3 lead at the time. Three days later, Pelham visited nearby Salem and took on an array of mascots, namely the Blue Devils, Cardinals and Cavaliers. It was a long day for the visiting Pythons as they dropped all three team matches, although they were all relatively close. In the first match, the H-B Cavs took care of Pelham 36-21. The second match pitted Pelham in an inter-division match against the Cards of BG, who escaped with a 36-27 team win. In the finale, the Pythons went up against host Salem who held on for a similar nine-point team win, 39-30. Python Kevin DeAngelo continued to wrestle
very well, leading his team with three individual wins and a clean sweep of his opponents. Wrestling in the 138 weight division, DeAngelo picked up his three victories in the following manner: a 9-3 decision over Jake McPherson of Hollis-Brookline, another decision win – this time a 6-0 blanking of Guertin’s Derek Lawton and then finished the day with a win by fall at 2:29 over the Blue Devil’s Chris Ferenandes. Winning two matches for Pelham were Matt
Pelham’s Jared Boyden (blue) pins Tiger Riley Cook at 2:56 of the match
Blanchard (170) and Josh Medeiros in the 120- weight class. Blanchard’s two wins came via the comeback trail. The Pelham junior trailed 11-2 in the match against his Cavalier opponent before recording a pin win at 3:26. In his ensuing match against Donnie Adie, Blanchard continued to show his resolve. Trailing 10-2 to the BG Cardinal, Blanchard once again reversed his apparent fate by turning a lopsided deficit into a victorious win by fall, 5:06 into the match.
Medeiros, in customary fashion, registered both of his wins with pins. He disposed of H-B’s Tyler Pickard at 1:46, while needing 3:20 of the clock to pin his Cardinal opponent Mitch Fokas. The following Pythons recorded single wins during the meet: Jared Boyden with a 2:39 win by fall over Salem’s Brad Ratay, Tom Gleason with a 4:53 pin of Sean Hanna from BG and in the 145 weight class, Muhanned Bagegni defeated Blue Devil Alex Morris with a pin at 1:09.
Windham Swimmers Enjoy Success at Home, Goffstown
January 8, and competed against three other teams. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams beat Pelham and Goffstown, but lost to Nashua North. The meet featured three Jaguars breaking their
own school records. Bielinski broke his own 100- yard backstroke record with a time of 1:12.33. Baiguy bested his 100-yard fly record with a time of 1:08.63. Finally, Andrew Leclair beat his 500- yard free record with a time of 6:28.97. Carbonneau also swam his best time in the
100-yard breaststroke, qualifying for the state meet with a time of 1:16.58. Other state qualifiers for the Jaguars included Meg O’Connor, Emily
Matsco, Clemens, and Baiguy. The Jags also had a number of swimmers try different events for the first time. Windham swimmers who tried new events included Fitzgerald(100 breaststroke), Grubbs (100 backstroke), Peet (500 free), Riese (500 free and 200IM), and Taylor Lemay (200 free). Windham will conclude the regular season with
a last chance meet at Oyster River on Wednesday, February 1. The New Hampshire Meet of Champions will be held on Saturday, February 11 at the University of New Hampshire.
Te Windham Jaguars swim team, 2011-2012
by Chris White Windham High’s swim teams enjoyed a successful meet at Goffstown last Thursday, January 19. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams defeated Pelham and Goffstown, but fell to Division 1 Alvirne. There were a number of highlights for the
Jaguars during the meet. On the girls’ side, Lauren Clemons made the state cut in the 200- yard freestyle with a time of 2:15.14. Meanwhile, Madeline Riese took two-and-a-half seconds off her 100 freestyle time (1:16.67) and Samantha Grubbs dropped 44 seconds in the 500 freestyle (7:51.60). Julia Peet also swam her first 200-yard
IM. For the boys, Brandon Bielinski made his first state cut in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:09.13, while team captain Ben Forster placed first in the 100fly with a 1:09.93. Forster took two seconds off his fly time and needs only a second- and-a-half to qualify for states. Kyle Carbonneau also swam his best 100 fly time (1:12.89), coming in third for the event. Additionally, James Baiguy (1:00.49) and Will Pope (1:09.35) each improved their time by two seconds in the 100 free, and Alex Fitzgerald (1:43.06) placed second in the 100 breaststroke. Windham also hosted a home meet on Sunday,
Courtesy photo by Susan Grubbs
Staff photo by Marc Ayotte
Staff photo by Marc Ayotte
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