By Jean LeBlanc
BERLIN — Berlin/Gorham boys' ice hockey team came out firing on all cylinders in the first period on Wednesday, scoring five times on its way to a comfortable 7-1 victory over Moultonborough/Inter-Lakes on the road.
Junior Cam Cochran scored just 1:05 into the opening session for a 1-0 lead. Cochran's 10th of the year was unassisted.
The visitors were whistled for a hooking call and the Mounties made them pay with a power-play goal at 5:37 of the first period. Rickey Lambert got his first of the year from Hunter Fauteux and Owen Dorval for a two-goal advantage.
John Arguin put the locals up 3-0 at 7:32 on an unassisted lamp-lighter. Arguin unloaded a wrister from the face-off circle and over the glove hand of Sanders for his fourth goal of the season.
Frustration set in for the Renegades. A tripping penalty gave Berlin another power-play. This time, defender Noah Schoenbeck netted his first goal of the year from Cochran, ending Sanders night between the pipes for the Renegades.
Junior Nick Spicuzza took up shop in the Moultonborough/Inter-Lakes crease. The Mountaineers greeted Spicazza with a beautiful goal for a 5-0 lead just 21 seconds after his arrival. Cochran had everyone's attention and he calmly slid the perfect pass across to senior Damon Ruel. Ruel tucked home his second goal of the year for the five-goal advantage.
Things settled down in the second period. The visitors were the only ones to get on the scoreboard in the middle session. Mike Dazell made it a 5-1 game from team captain Colin Sheehan.
At the other end of the ice, Spicuzza blocked all 11 shots he faced in the second period. Spicuzza was also helped by his posts, which chipped in with three clanks in the period, two coming off the stick of Dorval.
The Renegades picked up a couple penalties late in the game. Those offenses turned into two more power-play goals for the Mounties. Arguin scored his fifth of the year and second of the contest from Cochran. It was Cochran's third helping marker of the day. Fauteux completed the scoring at 13:24 of the third period. Dorval and Schoenbeck got the assists on the junior's fourth goal of the winter. That made the final score 7-1.
Senior Noah Giroux came in to replace Trent Labrecque for the last 1:36 of the game. Giroux made a save just as time expired. That got the Mountie players off the bench to congratulate the first-year netminder.
On Saturday, the Mountaineers are scheduled to travel to Laconia to take on winless Laconia/Winnisquam at 1 p.m.
B/GHS: 5 0 2 — 7
M/IHS; 0 1 0 — 1