Epic Saturday Night of Hockey at the Notre Dame Arena

The City of Berlin will have on display tonight at Notre Dame Arena its three current hockey teams playing in crucial hockey games, starting at 3 p.m. with the Berlin/Gorham girls varsity hockey team taking on the Souhegan Sabers; at 5:15 p.m., the Mountaineer boys will take on Somersworth/CoeBrown; and at 7 p.m., its game two of the home series for the Berlin River Drivers squaring off against their arch rival the Danbury Titans.

Arena1It will be senior/flashlight night for these six Berlin/Gorham girl hockey players. (JEAN LEBLANC PHOTO)

It is senior/flashlight night for the No. 3-ranked, 12-4 Berlin/Gorham girls. The Mounties played at Brady/Trinity/West yesterday (results were not known as of press time). The Mountaineers were looking to pick up these two very important wins to keep them in the top four of the division I standings in order to host an opening round playoff contest. Also, senior Rylie Binette had 99 goals for her varsity career prior to yesterday's contest and, if the Mountie sniper picked up her 100th goal, the coaching staff was going to honor her during the game. The action begins at 3 p.m.

Arena2Head coach Mike Poulin will have to have his players ready to go tonight at the Notre Dame Arena, as the Mountaineers are currently tied for second place with two other teams in the division III standings. It will also be senior night as it is the final regular season game. (JEAN LEBLANC PHOTO)

Next up, it is senior night for the Mountaineer boys. Berlin/Gorham is currently tied at 13-3-1 with Belmont/Gilford and their opponent today Somersworth/CoeBrown for the second spot in the division III standings. The Mounties will be looking to get revenge after suffering their worst defeat of the season earlier this year to the Hilltoppers 6-0. Berlin/Gorham has not lost on their home ice this year. Game time is slated for 5:15 p.m.

Arena3The River Drivers will have their hands full tonight as the playoff picture tightens in the Federal Hockey league. The No. 2 River Drivers play host to the No. 4 Danbury Titans for the second night in a row. Both teams are in heated battles to make the playoffs. (JEAN LEBLANC PHOTO)

It will be the second night in a row that the Berlin River Drivers play host to the Danbury Titans. Currently the River Drivers are 20-14-1-3 with 65 points and sit in the second spot in the Federal Hockey League Standings. Watertown sits in the third spot just one point behind the River Drivers, and Danbury is deadlocked for the fourth spot at 58 points with a 15-17-6-1 record with Port Huron. Only four teams make the playoffs and with the season winding down, there is sure to be plenty of fire works in this one. Game time will be immediately following the completion of the boys hockey game. The night is also being sponsored by the Berlin Police Department in a tribute to the "Call To Duty Memorial." Money will be raised to provide scholarships for local students who are pursuing a career in law enforcement.

Gilford's Orton eliminates Mountaineers 55-35

Senior forward, Stevie Orton scored a game high 27 points, helping the Gilford Eagles to a convincing 55-35 victory over Berlin, in the opening round of the NHIAA division III girls' basketball playoffs in Berlin Thursday. The (12-7) Eagles advance to the quarterfinals to play top seeded (19-0) Newfound, who was a 56-33 winner over Stevens. The loss ended the season for the 12-7 Mountaineers.

BGBBvsGHS1Berlin's Samantha McCann No. 23 and Gilford's Stevie Orton, No. 25 battle for the jump ball to begin the game. Orton had a game high 27 points to lead Gilford to a 55-35 win in the opening round of the playoffs over Berlin. (JEAN LEBLANC PHOTO)

Both teams played very well over the first three minutes of the game with the score dead locked at 4-4. Over the final five minutes of the quarter, the visitors went on a 12-2 run to lead 16-6 after one quarter. Gilford's Olivia Harris and Lauren Dean had five points each, shooting from the outside, while Orton had a couple hoops on the interior to pace the offense. The Mounties got single hoops from three different players.

Gilford looked to blow the game wide open in the second quarter. The Mountaineers struggled offensively, not converting their outside shots. Late in the quarter, Berlin senior Emily Theriault caught fire from long range, knocking down three, three pointers. At the break, Gilford was in control 29-17. Orton was having her way in the paint adding four more hoops to her growing total. Theriault kept the Mounties hopes on life support netting nine of Berlin's 11 points in the second session.

Gilford's Orton put the throttle down in the third quarter, helping the Eagles out point the Mountaineers 13-4 to take a commanding lead 42-21 with just eight minutes to play. Orton had five hoops in the quarter and her exclamation mark came as she buried a three-pointer at the buzzer for the 21 point lead. Senior Myra Arsenault and freshman Kaylee Peare had the two hoops for the home team.

The Eagles refused to let Berlin get any closer that 17 points in the final quarter. Orton continued her stellar play, finding the open player when Berlin attempted to double team her. Kaitlyn VanBennekum was the recipient of the Orton feeds in the paint as she tallied five points to lead Gilford in the final quarter. Arsenault made her last quarter her best for the Mounties. The senior captain had nine points in the session before the final horn ended the Mounties' season.

For the game, Gilford had 23 field goals from the floor and shot 5-7 from the foul line. Orton was by far the best player on the floor, knocking down 27 markers. Berlin had just fourteen field goals from the floor and was 2-2 from the free throw line. Theriault 12 and Arsenault 11 points led the Berlin offense.

Gilford  16 13 13 13   55

Berlin   06 11 04 14   35

Renegades can't stop Cochran, Mounties win 5-1

By Jean LeBlanc

BERLIN — Junior forward Cam Cochran scored four goals and assisted on the other, powering the Berlin/Gorham Mountaineers to a 5-1 victory over the Moultonborough/Interlake Renegades in a boys' Division III hockey game played in Laconia on Wednesday.

Berlin/Gorham stands at 13-3-1 on the season, while the Renegades dipped below the .500 mark to 8-9.

Berlin/Gorham is battling with four other teams for the top four spots in the division, so each game is crucial. The Mountaineers came ready to play and scored three times in the first period. Cochran scored unassisted just 1:52 into the game for the 1-0 lead. Senior Damon Ruel made it 2-0 at 8:05 from linemates Cochran and Hunter Fauteux. It was Ruel's 11th goal of the winter. At 11:45, Cochran netted his 24th of the year from Ruel to give the visitors a three-goal lead after 15 minutes of play.

In the second period, Cochran made it 4-0 with his 25th of the season from Fauteux at the 3:04 mark. The Berlin defense and goal keeper Trent Labrecque did a good job at controlling the puck in their end, limiting the number of scoring chances for the home team.

There was just 3:49 remaining in the contest when the Renegades' top point man, Collin Sheehan, got a shot past Berlin/Gorham's Labrecque to make it 4-1.

Cochran completed the scoring at 13:23 of the final period when he deposited his fourth goal of the game off of a Noah Schoenbeck feed to make the final score 5-1.

For the game, Hunter Sanders had 38 saves in the Renegade goal.

At the other end of the ice, Labrecque earned his 12th win of the season, making 13 blocks.

Berlin/Gorham will play a big home game on Saturday night taking on Somersworth/CoeBrown at 5:30 p.m.

Berlin girls host Gilford in playoffs Thursday

By Jean LeBlanc

BERLIN — Berlin seniors Myra Arsenault and Emily Theriault combined to score 25 points, helping the Mountaineers to a 32-26 victory over a struggling St Thomas team on Senior Night on Thursday. The win puts the Berlin girls at 12-6 on the regular season and they clinched the No. 8 seed for postseason play.
Berlin will line up to play No. 9 (11-7) Gilford, a team that beat the Mounties 42-29 earlier in the season, in the opening round of the Division III tournament on Thursday at 6 p.m.
The Berlin girls opened their season 7-1, but over their last 10 games, the Mounties have been very inconsistent offensively going 5-5.
The Mounties traveled to White Mountains for their last road game to play a team that Berlin throttled 64-32 back in December. In Whitefield, Berlin fell behind 12-0 in the first quarter and just could not recover, losing 38-35. The Regional got scoring from eight players including a game-high 15 points from Kaitlyn Nelson.
Emily Theriault knocked down four three-pointers (three in the fourth quarter) to lead the Mounties in scoring with 14 markers.
Berlin honored its seniors and their family members prior to the start of their final home game. The senior student-athletes included managers Sam Mercier and Audrey Coulombe along with players Emily Theriault and Myra Arsenault.
BHS.Seniors.with.parentsBerlin High School honored its senior managers, players and their family members prior to the start of the Mounties last regular season game. (GUY STEVER PHOTO)
Against St. Thomas, the Berlin offense continued to sputter, not being able to score in double digits in any of the four quarters. The (4-13) Saints did lead at halftime, 18-16. However, the Berlin defense was very good in the second half and limited the visitors to just eight second half points to earn a 32-26 victory. The Saints had only eight field goals from the floor and shot 6-9 from the foul line. Emily Thorton led St Thomas with 14 points.
Berlin netted 14 field goals from the floor, but managed 1-4 shooting at the foul line. Arsenault 16 and Theriault nine points were key to the Berlin offense.
Arsenaault.works.under.the.boardsSenior Myra Arsenault has been the most consistent player for the Mounties this winter. Here, Arsenault works under the boards for two of her 16 points against St Thomas. (GUY STEVER PHOTO).
Spartans  12 11 03 12   38
Mounties  03 09 05 18   35
White Mountains (38) — Nelson 4-3-12, Anderson 2-0-4, Welch 2-0-4, Force 2-0-4, Wungkara 2-0-5, Watson 1-0-2, Beaulieu 1-0-3, Stevens 0-1-1.
Berlin (36) — Law-As, Peare 2-1-7, Arsenault 3-1-7, Vien 1-0-2, A. Theriault. Lanteigne 0-0-4, E. Theriault 4-2-14, McCann 0-1-1.
Berlin         08 08 07 09   32
St Thomas  07 11 03 05  26
Mounties (32) — E. Theriault 3-0-9, Peare 1-0-2, Arsenault 8-0-16, Lanteigne 2-0-4, McCann, Vien, Lacasse 0-1-1 Law-As.
Saints (26) — Thorton 5-2-14, Carberry, Doyle 1-0-3, Atwell 2-0-5, Marsh 1-0-3, Freese 1-0-3.