10th CHaD Battle of the Badges is Mach 19

With the 10-year celebration of the Battle of the Badges just days away, the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) announced elements of the pre-game ceremonies for the annual Police vs. Fire charity hockey game, scheduled for March 19 at SNHU Arena in Manchester.

Singing the national anthem will be 11-year-old Isabella Cottrell of Gilmanton.  Bella has been a CHaD patient since her first birthday but has not allowed her medical conditions hold her back.  She is a talented singer with a love of the stage and a credited page on the internet movie website, IMDb.com. 

Bella and her family have been fervent supporters of CHaD and the Battle of the Badges, serving as a CHaD Buddy, a patient who connects with the players and represents the families who benefit from the programs that Badges fundraising supports.  Bella is Buddies with Team Fire’s Vinnie O’Connor of the Fremont Fire Department.

The ceremonial puck drop will remember long-time CHaD patient and Bedford resident Emma Bechert.  In 2016, Emma lost her lifelong battle with cancer.  In her memory, Emma’s puck drop from the 2011 CHaD Battle of the Badges will be replayed on the arena videoboard on game day.  While Emma’s spirit fills the arena, the Bechert family will be on the ice and meet with the team captains before the game.

The pre-game ceremonies begin at 2:40 p.m. on game day.  Doors to the arena open at 1:30 p.m. with the game slated to begin at 3 p.m.

Eight thousand fans are expected for this family-friendly, competitive game, once again proudly presented by AutoFair.  The championship features over 40 police officers and firefighters from across the region, who have dedicated their time and resources over the last several months to support New Hampshire’s only comprehensive children’s hospital.  In addition to their ice duties, each player has committed to raising at least $1,500 for the cause, and at press time the teams had combined to generate nearly $125,000, a number that will increase in the final ten days before the game.

Tickets are still available for $10 while kids 5 and under get in free.  Fans can purchase tickets at CHaDHockey.org or by calling 603-629-1238.  Orders placed by Sunday, March 12 will be sent in the mail.  Orders after that date can be picked up at Will Call at SNHU Arena beginning at 10 a.m. on game day.  The ticket office will open for in-person game-day sales at the same time March 19.

For additional information, to purchase tickets, or to support a player, visit CHaDHockey.org.

2017 Roland Chabot Memorial Cup Hockey Tournament set

BERLIN — The annual Roland Chabot Memorial Cup A&B Open Division (18-plus) tournaments are this weekend: Friday to Sunday 26

Twelve teams from all over New England will visit Berlin to play more than 20 total games, which will all be presented by the Notre Dame Arena.  Come watch current and former college hockey players, along side many players traveling back home to play.  

In memory of local hockey legend Roland — a former player, coach and referee — these tournament pay homage to a man who also advocated for the sport throughout the area.  His honor will also be celebrated the following weekend when the Notre Dame Arena will present the 8th annual Roland Chabot Memorial Cup Over 40 tournament.  

Be sure to stop by the Notre Dame Arena to see great hockey!

Lachance is sixth at the Eastern High School Ski Championship

GORHAM — Gorham High junior Karyssa Lachance ended her 2017 ski season on a high note, finishing sixth in the Eastern High School Championship giant slalom at Attitash/Bear Peak last Saturday.

The race brought together the fastest high school ski racers from ten states, including as far away as Wisconsin. A field of 105 girls and 115 boys participated in the weekend-long competition.

Lachance sat in third place after the first run with a time of 1:08.26, just .27 seconds behind front-runner Lydia Morgantini from Vermont. A tactical error proved costly in the second run, but Lachance finished well enough for sixth place overall in 2:16.86, and remained the fastest girl to ski for Team New Hampshire.

Annika Nielson (Vt.) came from behind to win the race after a scorching second run in 2:14.04, with Morgantini, second, 2:14.33; and Cameron Easton (Mass.), third, 2:16.60).

Joining Lachance in the top 10 from New Hampshire were Jacqueline Balch of Sunapee, eighth, 2:18.31; and Sophia Dobrowski of Bedford, ninth, 2:18.33.

Lachance did not finish in the slalom event.

Two losses for Berlin has River Drivers looking for bounce back weekend

BRD19Berlin's Tyler Howe had a goal in a tough 3-2 loss to Danbury. (JEAN LEBLANC PHOTO)

On Saturday, the locals traveled to Danbury, falling 3-2 to the Titans despite a monster game in goal from River Driver Matt Kaludis, who blocked 46 of 49 shots. Pavel Kubena and Tyler Howe picked up the goals in the tough loss.

BRD43Matt Kaludis had 46 saves in a heartbreaking 3-2 loss at Danbury. (JEAN LEBLANC PHOTO)

Berlin returned to its home ice on Sunday afternoon only to see Cornwall goaltender Francis Dupuis stop 56 of 58 shots to earn a 4-2 win.

Berlin fell behind 3-0 despite firing 26 shots on goal in the first period. Goals by Jan Salak and Dominik Synek made it a one-goal contest with six minutes to play.

Unfortunately, a couple of late penalties gave the visitors a power-play goal for a 4-2 decision. Curtis Warren and Lou Dickson had two goals each for the Nationals.

Currently Danbury holds down second place with a record of 24-20-7-1 and 87 points. Watertown is next in third at 26-21-1-4 and 84 points, Berlin fourth at 23-19-3-4 and 79 points, and Port Huron, fifth place with a record of 20-20-3-9 and 75 points. Only the top four teams make into postseason play.

On Friday, Berlin travels to Cornwall to play the Nationals. On Saturday the River Drivers host St Clair Shores in their only visit to Berlin and on Sunday, they travel to Watertown for a huge contest against the Wolves.