Daily Archives: December 4, 2014

Trans-Siberian Orchestra 2014

A poem to capture some of this year’s magic found with TSO on the 2014-15 Winter Tour.


I wasn’t where I’ve grown accustomed to, but I was there
On stage these pros all showed up, but do they really care
As usual I polled those around me, some had, others new
I smiled and waited, hoping they’d engage and feel it too
Before the lights went dark I thought of my TSO friends, 
And I wondered who was here, where all that ails, mends
I thought of moments passed and ones I may have missed
I pondered on how these people remember their set lists
From one note to the next I can be lost, completely
Taken on a journey that caresses the senses sweetly
Light from the arena vanishes and the crowd is heard
Anticipation just like show one, even on my 23rd
Then there’s the production, the stirring voice of Bryan
His stories invoke emotion and tears without trying
Somewhere between shadows…

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NH Avalanche 2000 – Turkey Tournament 2-3

Game 2:

Saturday morning the NH Avalanche 2000 team opened play against the Advantage Ice at Dover Arena. Both teams had earned victories in their first games of the tournament. The Advantage Ice team had beaten Maine Hockey Academy 4-0 the evening before, while the Avs had beaten Seacoast Spartans 4-2. Everyone knew this would be a tough game.

The Avalanche ending up on the short end of a 4-0 score. The Advantage Ice were well schooled and didn’t make many mistakes. They capitalized quickly when the Avs did make a mistake. The Avalanche just couldn’t get things clicking, in part, due to the Advantage team. If the Avs had a player at the front of the net, the puck was out wide. If the puck was sent through the crease or on net, the Avs had players outside of that area. They just could not string anything together during game two.

As the Avs headed in to the final game of the opening round, they needed some help from the Seacoast Spartans just to be in the tiebreaker conversation in order to get to the Championship round.

Game 3:

The final game was played at The Whittemore Center on the campus of UNH, against the team from Maine Hockey Academy. Maine had played the two teams who would end up meeting in the finals, and had not scored a goal in two games. The NH Avalanche 2000 team jumped out to an early lead, getting goals from Max Lajeunesse, Caiden Paradise, and Sydney Herrington. After one period the Avs were helping themselves in the standings and leading 3-0. Assists on the goals came from Michael Perry, Jon Last, and Cody Sullivan.

Did you ever have one of those days when things never really come together but there are glimmers of hope throughout the day that give you a sense that they could come together, only to have it all crash in the end? Well that’s kind of how this finishes. The Avs would not score again, and would end up losing the game 5-3. In the meantime, the Spartans did their best to upset the Boston Advantage, but ended up losing 1-0. The loss left the Avs with a record of 1-2, and out of the playoff round. Boston Advantage would go on to beat Advantage Ice 1-0 in the title game.