Connor Jewett wraps up strong first season at Stonehill

CJewettBerlin High graduate Connor Jewett spent his freshman season playing hockey at Stonehill College. Jewett made the Dean's List and made the Athletic Director's Honor Roll during the fall semester. Jewett's role was more a defensive one this year, usually put out against the other team's top line to be more of a checking center. Jewett was one of Stonehill's top penalty killers. Stonehill had a very young team with 16 freshmen, compiling a conference record of 6-4-1 and an overall record of 9-14-4. Jewett finished with five goals and five assists. The team lost to St. Michael's 4-1 in the semifinals. Stonehill College plays Division II in the NCAA. (COURTESY PHOTO)

River Driver advance playoff tickets going on sale

BERLIN — The administrative staff for the Berlin River Drivers is looking to potentially open up their 2017 playoff run in just the team's second season in the Federal Hockey League, with the advance sale of opening round playoff tickets.

BRDPressReleaseGame-winner! Berlin's Pavel Kubena is swarmed by teammates Dominik Synek (No. 10) and Jiri Pestuka after scoring this overtime game-winner against the Watertown Wolves 5-4. The River Drivers will be at home tonight hosting the St Clair Shore Saints. (JEAN LEBLANC PHOTO)

Berlin is still currently battling for playoff positioning with six regular season games remaining. The Drivers could open on Friday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Notre Dame Arena in Berlin, with a third or fourth place finish in the standings. The first round is the best-of-three series with the first game being played at the lower seed's home ice. Game two and game three (if necessary), are played at the higher seed's home ice. A strong run to close out the season and Berlin could grab the second seed. It's opponent is yet to be determined. Either way, it will be an action-packed series, most likely against an Eastern rival. A series against Watertown would be just what the doctor ordered and the Berlin fans' favorite Wolves coach, Phil Esposito.

Advancing to the final round is a best-of-five series. The first two games at the higher seeds' home ice, games three and four at the lower seeds' home ice, and game five back at the higher seed's home ice. Games four and five would be if necessary.

Playoff ticket sales will begin this weekend at $15 for season ticket holders and seniors (62 years and older). Tickets will be $12 for children (12 and under) and fans who have military IDs. Tickets are $18 for anyone else. March 31 is the last day these tickets can be purchased for these above prices. After that, tickets are $20 for Adults and $15 for children.

There will be only 1,500 tickets available for any game. So, purchase your playoff tickets early and save some money. The River Drivers have made their home in Berlin and have given the fans some fantastic finishes all winter long. The River Drivers truly need all the fan support the North Country has to offer.

Home regular season games still remaining include Saturday, March 24, against St. Claire Shores at 7 p.m. (their first visit to the historic Notre Dame Arena); Friday, March 31, against Cornwall at 8 p.m; and the last game of the season, Sunday, April 2, against Danbury at 2 p.m. All remaining games should be a playoff-like atmosphere, so, come down and cheer on Berlin's hockey team.

Gorham alpine seniors recognized

GSTSeniorsGorham ski team seniors and family members were honored recently on senior night at the school. Pictured (from left) are Sam Sjostrom, Bronson Leclerc, Natalie Harmon and Emily York. (COURTESY PHOTO)


Lumberjacks spoil Huskies senior night, 74-47

By Lance Legere

GORHAM — Senior Olle Dovholuk and Junior Brandon Harrington combined for 54 of Lin-Wood’s 74 points to spoil Senior Night for the Gorham boys' basketball team, 74-47, in a Division IV game played in Gorham on Feb. 17.

GBBBvsLinwood1Seniors (from left) Hunter Desilets, Hannah Rivard and Bryson Raymond, along with their family members were honored on senior night prior to their game against Lin-Wood. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Before the game, senior night festivities were held with Bryson Raymond and Hunter Desilets honored and recognized for their four years of contribution to the basketball program. Once the gifts were handed out and the pictures were taken the game got underway.

The first quarter was one to forget for the Huskies as they got into early foul trouble. Raymond picked up three fouls in under two minutes and took a seat on the bench, leaving the Huskies without their best offensive weapon for most of the quarter. Junior Lance Legere and freshman Jesse Laflamme picked up the slack as Laflamme tallied five points and Legere chipped in four in the first frame.

Gorham was unable to contain Dovholuk all night as he was too hot to handle from the three-point line. He scored 12 of Lin-Wood’s 19 first quarter points.

The visitors stayed hot in the second quarter, but the Huskies gave them a fight, only getting outscored 16-12 in the period. This time it was Harrington who had the hot hand for the Lumberjacks, scoring 11 points in the quarter. Freshman Ajay Landry led the Huskies offensively in the quarter with four points. At the sound of the halftime buzzer Lin-Wood held the lead, 35-22.

GBBBvsLinwood2Seniors Hunter Desilets (No. 5) and Bryson Raymond (No. 13) battle Lin-Wood players for this second-half rebound on Senior Night. (COURTESY PHOTO)

The second half was evenly played until the fourth quarter, where once again the Huskies sent the Lumberjacks to the line too many times. The third quarter was evenly played, both teams scored 15 points. Cameron Balon had a stellar second half for the Huskies, getting out on the break as he has all year, converting layups. Balon scored eight points in the third to lead the hosts. Junior Jared Avery led Lin-Wood with six points in the quarter.

Lin-Wood ran away with the game in the fourth and at the sound of the final horn walked away with a 74-47 win.

For the game, Lin-Wood connected on 28 field goals, 13 of those coming from behind the three point line. Although the Lumberjacks shot a poor 5-14 from the free throw line, their three-point shooting ultimately won them the game. Dovholuk led Linwood with 30 points. Harrington also contributed with 24 points.

For the Huskies, they connected on 19 field goals and shot 5-15 from the charity stripe. The underclassmen led the Huskies in scoring, Balon scored a season-high 15 points, Landry tallied 10 points, and Laflamme scored eight.  

LHS:  19 35 50   74

GHS:  10 22 37   47