The Winnacunnet High School boys hockey team was ready to get back on the ice Wednesday night after earning its second win of the season four days earlier — a 6-1 decision over Timberlane.
However, Oyster River had school postponed on Wednesday, and the game was subsequently called off.
“We were confident going into the day,” Winnacunnet head coach Jude Logue said. “The kids were bummed out, they were ready to go. We had a 2 1/2-hour practice instead and the kids put all their energy they had going into the Oyster River game into the practice, and we’re now focusing on our next game.”
Winnacunnet (2-4) is scheduled to face Portsmouth/Newmarket (3-1-1) on Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Dover Ice Arena.
“It’s a rivalry, Portsmouth, Winnacunnet,” Logue said. “We’re going to throw everything we have into Saturday, we’ll see what have.”
Winnacunnet, with 11 games left in the Division II regular season, sit in 11th place; the top 10 qualify for the state tournament.
“Our goal at the beginning of the season was to get ourselves in position to compete and get a state tournament berth,” Logue said. “That’s been our main goal, to get to the state tournament and then see what happens. These kids have come a long way where they can really talk about possibly being a team that can get to the state tournament; it’s been a long time for Winnacunnet hockey.”
Winnacunnet’s six goals against Timberlane were a season-high.
Junior captain Braeden Logue had three goals and an assist.
“We were happy with our game against Timberlane,” Logue said. “We knew going into the game Timberlane had a short bench, and weren’t going to throw three lines at us. When you see that and play with them, eventually you can grind them down, they are going to get tired, they are going to be double-shifting and if you can play three lines against two the other team is going to get tired and I think that’s what happened.”
Freshman Thomas Vaziri had a goal and two assists and Dan Giacalone and Conor Belcher each had a goal.
“I was happy to see (Giacalone) get on the board,” Logue said. “He works so hard; it doesn’t always result in goals or stats, but he’s the backbone of this team and we need him playing with confidence. And I think he got some confidence during that game.”
Sophomore Carter Renaud added two assists, while Tanner Holt, Cooper Kinnaly and Jake Giacalone all had one.
“(Renaud) is a small, shifty guy who’s not afraid to go into the corners,” Logue said. “He has a lot of value on this team and makes a lot of plays; I was happy he was able to contribute as well. Once we started scoring, it’s like the floodgates opened. We popped a few in, and then got some insurance goals; it was nice to have some breathing room.”
Sophomore goalie Jack Ellis had 20 saves, earning the win. His counterpart, Tim Bedard, had 43 saves.
Timberlane’s lone goal came from Chris Longchamp with 11:06 left in the third period.
After Saturday's game, the Warriors return to the ice on Wednesday against Alvirne/Milford (3-1-1) at Phillips Exeter Academy. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.