Recent game results:
Girls’ hockey: Bishop Brady-Trinity-West, 4; Berlin-Gorham, 2.
Girls’ Basketball: Moultonborough, 42, vs. Gorham, 28; and Newfound, 47, vs. Berlin, 34.
Boys’ Basketball: Moultonborough, 58, vs. Gorham, 52.
Newfound, 56, vs. Berlin, 38.
North Country Men’s Hockey: Amoskeag, 2, vs. Mr. Pizza, 1 (shootout).
The Pub, 6, vs. T & C, 4.
The Berlin High School girls’ basketball team entertained a strong Newfound team (11-3) and lost 47-34 Tuesday night at the Berlin High gym. Things were close after one period, as Berlin trailed 9-7, and found themselves only down by 6, (23-17) going into the halftime break.
At one point, in that secnd period, Berlin was down 21-10, when Makenna Balderrama made two consecutive nice moves in the paint for two hoops to cut the lead to seven points. The Bears came back with a basket but then Kaylee Peare hit a three (one of five) to keep her team in the hunt.
The third period was a tough one for the Mountaineers and helped change the momentum and ultimately the outcome of the game as Newfound’s tenacious, extended zone pressure kept Berlin from getting any points inside, which meant they had to take some long distance shots that didn’t consistently fall for them.
Halfway through the period Newfound was up by 12 points (29-17) before Kaylee Peare hit another three to cut it to nine. Berlin only managed one foul shot from there to the end of the quarter, while the Bears scored another eight enroute to a 14-4 advantage in that period and to take the largest lead of the game (37-21) going into the final period.
Berlin kept plugging, never gave up and actually outscored the visitors 13-10 in that final period but it was too little too late. Kaylee Peare led her team in scoring with 17 points, followed by Balderrama with seven, Makenna Peare with five, two each from Ashlin Lozea and Isyss Remillard, and a foul shot from Madison Cordwell. Newfound was led offensively by Paulina Huckins with 22 points, including eight for nine from the charity stripe.
Of special note, the varsity game was delayed when the Newfound and Berlin junior varsity teams went into overtime before Berlin prevailed 32-30. What an exciting game, especially the extra period, where Berlin High freshman guard Erin McCormick scored five of the six points, including hitting a hoop, stealing the ball on the inbounds pass, scoring again and eventually hitting a free throw. Towards the end of the game Erin went down with an injury — hopefully she is OK. Kadence Gendron hit a very important free throw with 3.1 seconds to go to help seal the victory.
McCormick led her team in scoring with seven points, followed by six each from Rayna Bourbeau, and Isyss Remillard, four from Alexa Goulet (who also had numerous offensive and defensive rebounds throughout the game) and four for Arianah Richard, Gendron had three points (all free throws) and two points for Aubree Poirier. An exciting win for the young Mountaineers for sure.
It was refreshing to see a decent crowd at the game, including & especially both the boy’s & girl’s hockey players, all who showed lots of enthusiasm.
The Paul Lacroix Memorial third and fourth grade Basketball Tournament will be held this coming weekend at the Gorham Middle-High School gym. The girls will play on Saturday beginning at 8 a.m., and the boys’ games will take place on Sunday also beginning at 8 a.m. Finals on both day are slated for 1:30 p.m. . Teams from Berlin, Gorham, Milan, Lancaster, Groveton, Littleton, and Pittsburg-Canaan will be competing in the tournament. The Gorham Booster’s Club and the Gorham High boys junior varsity and varsity boys will be helping out, with all proceeds going to the Gorham Parks and Recreation Department. Schedules can be obtained by contacting the Gorham Recreation Department.
Saturday’s Berlin boys’ hockey game against Plymouth-Kearsarge has been changed to the Plymouth State University Rink at 11:45 a.m. Butch Ladd and I will be broadcasting that game live stream online at phlume.com.
Also a schedule change involves the Berlin-Gorham girls’ hockey game against Kingswood which will be held at the Notre Dame Arena on Sunday, Feb. 16, at 3:15 p.m. .
The Berlin Unified Basketball game scheduled for this past Monday, was rescheduled to today at 3:30 p.m. Hopefully, the anticipated storm won’t force another postponement.
North Country Hockey League
Amoskeag defeated Mr. Pizza, 2-1, in a shootout and the Pub outscored the T&C, 6-4, in action Monday in the North Country Hockey League.
In that first game Mr. Pizza’s Travis L’Heureux got help from Jay Poulin and Erik Guilbeault at the 8:32 mark of the first period to give them a lead that would hold up until Ethan Dorval scored an unassisted goal at 6:35 of the third period. From there they went to a shootout where Dorval and Tyler Martin scored to win it. Scat Middleton had 14 saves for Amoskeag, while Johnny Parkhurst stopped 13 shots for Mr. Pizza.
The second game was a high scoring affair, with 10 goals scored. The T&C scored all their goals in the first two periods and actually led 4-0 before the Pub caught on fire and scored three goals in the second half of the second period and three more in the final frame to win 6-4.
First period: T&C at 6:35, Jeff O’Neil from Jeremy Eafrati and Cam Boucher; 7:05, Jess Deblois, assisted by Greg Wedge and Todd Gendron.
Second period: T&C, 2:35, Boucher from Andre Belisle; 2:49, Cody Martin from Belisle and Eafrati. Then the Pub caught on fire by scoring three in a row; 5:17, Travis Lamontagne, assisted by Matt Soprano and Evan Bledsoe; 7:22-Derrick Gagne from Justin Jacques; 10:58-Carlos Borrayo from Soprano and Gagne.
The Pub continued their onslaught in the third period. At 0.42-Soprano from Gagne; 6:45-Nathan Accardi from Craig Villeneuve and Gagne; and finally at 8:45, Bledsoe, assisted by Soprano and Borrayo. Zach Cascadden had 11 saves for the Pub and Nathan Leborgne had eight for the T&C before he was replaced due to injury by Johnny Parkhurst who also had eight in relief.
Thursday, Feb. 13 Berlin Unified Basketball at home vs Belmont at 3:30p.m. Senior Recognition Night.
Friday, Feb. 14 Happy Valentine’s Day
Berlin boys’ and girls’ basketball home vs. Kennett, at 5 and 6:30 p.m., respectively.
Gorham girls’ and boys’ basketball home vs Pittsburg-Canaan at 5 and 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 15 Berlin Boys’ Hockey at Plymouth-Kearsarge (PSU rink) 11:45 a.m. (on Phlume)
Paul Lacroix third and fourth grade girls’ basketball tourney, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Gorham High gym.
Sunday, Feb. 16 Paul Lacroix boys’ third and fourth grade basketball tourney, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Gorham High Gym
Berlin-Gorham Girls’ Hockey home vs. Kingswood Notre Dame Arena at 3:30 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 17 Berlin Unified basketball at Gilford at 4 p.m.
Gorham Girls’ and Boys’ basketball home vs. Profile at 5 and 6:30 p.m.