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The Gorham High School boy’s basketball team poses with their first place 2019 Huskies Holiday Tournament Trophy. Front row, from left: Wyatt Deblois, Chase Malia, Anthony Frisk. Back row: Richard Burton, Ben Beals, Aiden Etienne, Jesse Laflamme, AJ Landry, Trevor Doherty and Cullen Anderson. (BILL GOODRICH PHOTO)

I finally had the opportunity to “catch up” with the Berlin hockey coaches, Mike Poulin and Craig Bartoli as well as the girl’s basketball coach, Don Picard, and gather some information on their teams’ games over the holidays.

Coach Poulin was pleased with his hockey team’s performances in the Peter Hall Tournament in Conway, as they went 2-1, defeating Kennett 4-0 and Kingswood 3-2, with a 6-2 loss to Dover in the middle of the two wins.  

In the Kennett game, Griffin Melanson had two goals; Tyler Rousseau, one goal; Landyn Croteau, two assists; and Brody Duquette had the game winning goal to go along with two assists. Anthony Pizzuto had 21 saves in the shutout.

Game 2 saw Division II Dover score four goals in the last half of Period 2 to win that game, 6-2.  

Poulin said, “Had we played 45 minutes of hockey it could have been a different outcome, as those four goals in Period 2 cost us.”  

Melanson and Rousseau scored Berlin’s two goals, and Pizzuto had 19 saves in a losing cause.

The final game, also against a Division II team, Kingswood, saw Brayden Riendeau score two power-play goals and Croteau get the game-winning goal to go along with a 16-save game for Pizzuto.  

Poulin said, “It was good to work on various things and implement different aspects of the game during this tournament, but now we need to fix the mental part of things.”   

The boys will be back into regular-season action at home on Jan. 4, at 6 p.m. against  Hollis Brookline-Derryfield.

Basketball

The Gorham High School boys’ basketball team won the recently held Husky Christmas Tournament with a 65-58 win over Profile in Game 1, followed by a 58-37 win over Lisbon in the Championship game.  Coach Dave Morrissette said, “Both games were hard fought games, the Husky’s created up-tempo action which forced lots of turnovers (especially in game 2), and it was a successful tournament for the boy’s team.”

Game 1 saw things tight all the way through, as Gorham held a two-point lead after one period (14-13), up by six at halftime (30-24), by eight after three periods (46-38) and finally the seven-point win.   

In Game 2, Lisbon and Gorham were tied at 15 after one period and at 22 going into the halftime break.  Gorham began to pick things up the third period and led by eight points before outscoring the visitors 19-6 in the final frame to win by 21 points.

Coach Morrissette was particularly pleased with the balanced scoring, and very impressed with  Husky Jesse Laflamme’s 34 points in game 1 (including six three-pointers); he was “held” to 21 in Game 2.

Other scorers against Profile and Lisbon respectively were as follows:  Anthony Frisk, 8 and 12; Ben Beals, 6 and 9; AJ Landry, 6 and 8; Aiden Etienne, 6 and 2; Wyatt Deblois, 3 and 4; Cullen Anderson, 2 and 0; and Trevor Doherty, 0 and 2. A big tournament success story for the Husky’s for sure.

Meanwhile, the Berlin High girl’s basketball team continues to struggle with their scoring as they lost to Groveton, 34-19, at their tournament, and then bowed to White Mountain Regional, 38-19, in the consolation game.   

Berlin failed to score in double figures in all eight quarters of the two games, and Coach Picard said, “We are struggling to score right now, both from the floor and at the foul line.”

He went on to say, “Against a Groveton team that had a tremendous size advantage, we were forced to play a zone and I was pleased with our defense.  We have a lot to do on the offensive side of things though.”   

The Mountaineers, he said, “started off great in the first period against White Mountain Regional but didn’t or couldn’t finish. Turnovers hurt us and at one point in time we turned the ball over five consecutive times.”  

Berlin will travel south to play Newfound on Friday.

Upcoming games

In other high school play, the Berlin-Gorham girls hockey team has a game tonight against ConVal-Conant at the Notre Dame Arena at 6 p.m.

Gorham High School basketball will host Moultonborough on Friday, girls at 5 p.m., boys at 6:30 p.m.

Berlin High boys’ basketball will host Newfound on Friday, at 6:30 p.m.

Also on Friday, Berlin’s Cora Treiss will begin her Nordic Ski season with a meet at: Gunstock Nordic Center, and hopefully the snow we got will aid the Gorham Alpine ski team as they head to Loon Mountain for a Friday at 10 a.m. start for their meet.

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