Boys’ ice hockey: Griffins’ attack is back on track

  • The ConVal-Conant boys' ice hockey team hosted Laconia-Winnisquam on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal-Conant boys' ice hockey team hosted Laconia-Winnisquam on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal-Conant boys' ice hockey team hosted Laconia-Winnisquam on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal-Conant boys' ice hockey team hosted Laconia-Winnisquam on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal-Conant boys' ice hockey team hosted Laconia-Winnisquam on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal-Conant boys' ice hockey team hosted Laconia-Winnisquam on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal-Conant boys' ice hockey team hosted Laconia-Winnisquam on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal-Conant boys' ice hockey team hosted Laconia-Winnisquam on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal-Conant boys' ice hockey team hosted Laconia-Winnisquam on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal-Conant boys' ice hockey team hosted Laconia-Winnisquam on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal-Conant boys' ice hockey team hosted Laconia-Winnisquam on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 1/28/2019 4:09:19 PM

The Griffins scored first, last and plenty in between on Saturday as the ConVal-Conant boys’ ice hockey team snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Laconia-Winnisquam 9-2.

ConVal-Conant had scored just one goal in their previous three games – all losses – and had only 10 goals on the season coming into Saturday’s game, where the Griffins nearly equaled their season total all at once.

Shawn Damon started the scoring frenzy for the Griffins just 35 seconds into the game off an assist from James Coburn and ConVal-Conant would not trail again.

“It felt really good,” said head coach Scott Tracy. “The boys finally broke through. They’ve been having a real stymie of a time trying to get some goals through, although we’ve seemed to have a multitude of chances, we just weren’t finishing. Today against a younger goaltender they found ways to get the puck in the net. It was an outstanding effort from all the boys.”

The Griffins got off 60 shots in the game against Laconia keeper Evan Rollins and scored nine times.

“The boys were working harder, communicating, talking to each other, making better plays with the puck," Tracy said. "More possession-type plays with the puck rather than individual plays, which as you know, opens up the ice. No one can skate faster than that little black disc. It's good to see them utilize what we practice."

Trevor Johnson led ConVal-Conant with three goals and came within inches of scoring another two, exemplifying the extra effort the Griffins found on Saturday afternoon.

"It was good to see him come forward and really work hard," Tracy said. "The kid has all the talent in the world, it's just that he has a hard time sometimes keeping his work ethic up. Today, he didn't stray from it at all, he was all over the place, and I couldn't be prouder of him for it."

Shawn Damon would finish with two goals and two assists; Preston Kirby had a goal and two assists and Quinn Mose, Evan Turner and Lorien Wright scored a goal apiece.

Cole Turner stopped 25 of 27 shots on goal in the victory.

Leo LaCroix got his first varsity start for the Griffins and got some valuable ice time along with Dom LaCroix and Connor Young.

ConVal-Conant (3-6) is on the road Wednesday for a rematch at Laconia-Winnisquam (1-7) at 6:15 p.m.


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