Monthly Archives: December 2015

GHS Hockey: Goffstown 2 vs. Central 3 (OT) (JFK – Bauer Christmas Classic)

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Monday, December 28, 2015. 8pm @ JFK Coliseum, Manchester, NH-

Last night was one of those nights when the kid in me rumbled through me looking for a place to get out. I felt my body twitch and tense while watching the Goffstown Grizzlies hockey team play an up and down, spirited affair against Manchester Central. My competitive side wanted to be out there helping the team somehow, but I stood and watched, quietly pulling for the Grizzlies.

Both teams entered their last game of the tournament looking for their first win in pool play. Something had to give.

The first period was a sign of what was to come I suppose. End to end play, chances, good saves, some hitting, and just good pace. The period would end with each team getting 6 shots on goal. Central scored the only goal of the period when Chad Lougee took the puck after it caromed off of Goffstown’s Jake Noonan’s stick and burst down the right-wing for a shot that would rebound to Stephen Langley. Langley put the puck past Colin Holt in net and Central had a 1-0 lead. Goffstown would kill off a penalty and get some chances themselves before Holt would rescue his squad with a brilliant save on a point-blank shot with 3:35 left in the period. Then Max Lajeunesse would get behind the Central defense and ring a shot off of the post behind Central’s freshman goaltender, Keenan Alnahas. After a period, the only thing decided was that these two teams match up well, and it was going to be a game of back and forth.

1:25 into the second period, Goffstown tied the score when the line of Sebastian Beal, Keenan Lassonde, and Noah Charron worked together to break the puck out of their own end. The result was a goal scored by Charron with the assist to Lassonde. Game tied 1-1. Half way through the period Sam Greenwood stormed the Central net and beat Alnahas in net, only to draw iron. The final 2:08 of the period would be confusing, chaotic, and leaves me no choice but to get my eyes and ears checked today. See, with 2:08 to play Tyler Riendeau was called for slashing, thus giving the Little Green of Central a power play. Half way through the power play Goffstown’s Nick Nault and Central’s Nathan Potvin couldn’t contain their holiday spirit and both were sent to the box for slashing and roughing respectively. Still a power play for Central. Then out by the blue line, Grizzlie, Sam Greenwood blocked a shot and the puck ricocheted off of his body and into the neutral zone. Greenwood picked up the loose puck and bolted down the ice on a breakaway. Greenwood deposited a wrist shot just under the crossbar, up on the top shelf where Grandma hides the Christmas cookies, and Goffstown led 2-1 on the shorthanded goal. 

Er, uh, the goal was waved off. I know I saw it with my own two eyes, as did dozens more. Apparently, behind the play, while Sam blocked the shot and skated in and scored, there was a whistle, or at least an attempt to blow a whistle. I know the Local Access Channel 16 guys and I didn’t hear the whistle. Based on reactions around the rink, it didn’t seem as though anybody heard the whistle. But our eyes and ears didn’t figure into the equation. No goal. Colin Burke for Goffstown and Stephen Langley for Central were carted to the box for matching roughing penalties. Central still had their power play in tact. Then as these turns often do, they turn completely, and Goffstown’s 2-1 lead, turned to a 2-1 deficit 26 seconds later when Cody Lappas scored on the power play. What a mess that couple of minutes turned out to be. Goffstown trailed 2-1 after two periods.

After five penalties were called in the second period, there were five more called in the third period. Goffstown had minor penalties called on Keenan Lassonde, one for elbowing and then later, another one for high sticking. Sam Greenwood was whistled for charging. Central saw Logan Pacheco go for interference while Zach McKenna received a five-minute major for boarding. Despite all of the penalties there was just one goal scored, and it came at even strength. Goffstown’s line of Ben Roy, Alex McCarthy, and Griffin Cook combined to get the equalizer with 5:53 to play. Roy would get the goal on an assist from Cook. Power plays, penalty kills, time outs, and a little bit of desperation would control the last 4 minutes, before regulation time would end in a tie. To overtime we go.

Goffstown started the overtime, still on the power play (4-on-3) from McKenna’s major, and despite a couple of shots and good scoring chances the game played on. Alnahas kept Central tied, as did Holt at the other end for Goffstown. After regulation time, both teams had 17 shots on goal. Both teams had scored 2 goals, at least, and all was even. Then in the overtime, both teams had 3 shots apiece before Chad Lougee beat Grizzlie defenseman, Dylan Hyers to the puck, and centered a perfect pass to Stephen Langley for the game winner with 0:53.1 left to play. Mike Fortin, Hyers defensive partner on the shift, had been in the offensive zone for a scoring chance when the puck was cleared by Central. Once Lougee won the puck from Hyers, it left Langley all alone if the pass got through, and to Goffstown’s dismay, the pass was perfect. Both goaltenders were awesome at times in net, making up for turnovers and other mistakes in front of them. Alnahas got the win saving 18 of 20 shots, while Holt made some outstanding saves en route to his 18 of 21 performance.

Somewhere around 10pm on a winter night before the storm, literally, my heart-felt a little heavier, and I felt a twinge of pain in the pit of my stomach. I hate to lose, even when it’s just being emotionally vested in my kids’ teams. I didn’t rant, and I won’t rave, but the remainder of the night seemed a little less enjoyable knowing that a close game had been lost. Maybe someday my competitive side will subside, but probably not.

In summary, Goffstown lost three games by a combined score of 11-2. They played three Division I teams and gave it their best. Honestly, this roster will be better for having competed in the Bauer Hockey Christmas Classic. They gave Hanover all they could handle for 41 minutes before the Marauders broke through. They are capable. They are learning. The youngsters now have 9 games under their belt, including scrimmages, and I look forward to watching this team develop in 2016. The youngsters from Stephen Provencher to the veterans in Holt, Roy, and Greenwood will keep working. They’ll keep bonding. They’ll continue to develop and there will be wonderful moments on and off of the ice for the next couple of months. I look forward to all of it, even the tough losses, because getting anywhere worthy wouldn’t be the same if it weren’t met with adversity along the way.

The Grizzlies return to the home ice of Sullivan Arena on Wednesday evening at 7pm for a game against the high scoring Merrimack Tomahawks. Merrimack is 2-0 on the season and have scored 18 goals in those two wins.

 

GHS Hockey: Goffstown HS 0 vs. Bedford 5 (JFK – Bauer Christmas Classic)

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Sunday, December 27, 2015. 2pm @ JFK Coliseum, Manchester, NH-

Goffstown versus Bedford, always draws a little more attention. The neighboring towns have established quite the rivalry through athletic contests over the years. Well, today the hockey rivalry was renewed. Bedford is considered by most to be one of the top teams in Division I NH Hockey, and to start the season, they have done nothing but cement that notion, winning all three games they have played thus far. Goffstown on the other hand, well, they aren’t making anybody’s list of anything worth listing this year in Division II. Lists are also made to be re-written. Goffstown knew they were playing one of New Hampshire’s top teams.

It was apparent early on that this Bedford team can really skate. They are quick. Even more noticeable, to me anyway, is that the Bedford Bulldog players are constantly looking to move the puck via the pass. They pass often. They pass quickly. They have a good idea of where the puck is going before they even receive the puck themselves. Add the element of quick passes to the speed of quick skaters and both time and space seem to shrink. Anyways, the first real good chance of the game came when Goffstown’s Max Lajeunesse was sent in on a breakaway after a perfect long pass from Sam Greenwood. Lajeunesse raced in from the right side and let a shot go that was turned away by Bedford goalie, Alec Lindberg. Just seconds later, the Grizzlies were called for a high stick penalty on Tyler Riendeau. It took the Bulldogs just 28 seconds to turn the power play into a goal. Bedford moved the puck quickly and scored when Matt Giroux scored on a one-timer from Alex Abad and Jacob Rioux with 10:35 to play in the period. It was Bedford’s first shot on goal. A few minutes later, Riendeau was whistled again, this time for interference. The Grizzlies killed the penalty and actually got a real good scoring chance when Riendeau came out of the box, but could not beat Lindberg. Then it was Colin Voloshin for Bedford who ripped a backhand past Goffstown goalie, Colin Holt, but the shot clanked loudly off of the post and bounced away. With 3:04 left in the period, Bedford’s Jay Roberto scored when he ripped a shot into the top corner on a feed from Jacob Rioux, and Bedford led 2-0. The period would end with Bedford leading 2-0 on the scoreboard and holding a 9-6 edge in shots on goal.

In the second period Goffstown managed just 2 shots on goal even though they had a pair of power plays. That didn’t mean there weren’t chances though. 65 seconds into the period Max Lajeunesse had a golden opportunity to cut the lead in half, as he was in all alone in the right side, but sent his shot wide and over the net. A minute later Bedford made the misfire look bigger as Colin Voloshin scored when Sean McGadden sent a shot into traffic in front of the net, and Voloshin snagged the puck and put it home. Bedford’s Griffin Gagne made a series of nice moves and took a powerful line to the net, blowing past all defenders only to have his shot ring off of the post behind Colin Holt. Trailing 3-0, Goffstown went on the power play once again with 2:20 left in the period, but any hopes of cutting into the lead with the man advantage, were dashed when Nick Nault was whistled for a tripping penalty with 1:20 left on the man advantage. The period would end with Goffstown trailing 3-0. Bedford led in shots 15-8.

The third period started with a new goaltender for Bedford as Erik Voloshin took over in net. Alec Lindberg had done his duties, saving all 8 shots he had faced. Less than 3 minutes into the period, Bedford scored again when Sean McGadden pounced on a rebound from a Colin Voloshin shot and put it into the strings giving Bedford a 4-0 lead. The Bulldogs would add another goal when Jacob Rioux was left all alone in front of the net and he put the puck in the net after consecutive passes from Jack Flanagan and Griffin Gagne. Bedford had another would-be goal waved off after it was determined that the puck was played with a high stick. Bedford would end up with a 5-0 victory, they’re second shutout in as many games in the tournament. Erik Voloshin turned away all 4 shots he faced in the final period. Colin Holt would end up with 19 saves in the net for Goffstown. Goffstown returns to the ice tomorrow night with an 8pm prime time tilt against Manchester Central.

Monday
8pm Goffstown vs. Central

GHS Hockey: Goffstown HS 0 vs. Hanover 3 (JFK – Bauer Christmas Classic)

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Saturday, December 26, 2015. 6pm @ JFK Coliseum, Manchester, NH-

 

Goffstown came to JFK Coliseum after a 9-1 drubbing of Pembroke-Campbell on Wednesday night. Of course, everyone was coming off of Christmas Day. And on top of that, the Grizzlies were playing a big, fast, well-coached team, in Division I opponent, Hanover. When the puck finally dropped at 6:15pm, it was time to see what kind of hockey we would see.

The game started with Goffstown holding their own for a few shifts, maybe even creating some chances. Then it seemed that Hanover had the better of the play. The Grizzlies struggled to match the size and speed of Hanover’s Jake Acker, and his line. Colin Holt did some outstanding work in net to keep the Marauders from Hanover off of the scoreboard. Hanover played hard and fast, but Goffstown managed to play up to the competition as the period went on. The first period ended in a scoreless tie, with Hanover having created more scoring chances and outshooting Goffstown 11-9.

The second period was, in my opinion, better hockey at a better pace, and both teams were up for it. This period would also end scoreless, but the pace and quality of play was pretty entertaining. Goffstown found their skating legs and the Acker line and company had less room to operate for Hanover. Goffstown got chances from its’ first two lines of Sam Greenwood-Tyler Riendeau-Max Lajeunesse and Noah Charron-Kainen Lassonde-Sebastian Beal. Goffstown’s Nick Nault carried the play at times to create chances, as did Mike Fortin and Ben Roy. It was an even played period and at the end of it both teams had registered 10 shots on goal apiece.

After 30 minutes of hockey, there was still no score, and just 15 minutes left to decide the outcome. For the first 6 minutes of the final period or so, both teams created chances. Hanover had a few more shots perhaps, but it was close. Then the water behind the dam really started to mount and the pressure of breaking through became more real when Goffstown was whistled for their first penalty of the game. Mike Fortin was whistled for an interference call that had the Goffstown bench up in arms. The Grizzlies and Colin Holt would kill the penalty but the Marauders created several chances. Then, on the shift that followed the Goffstown penalty-kill, they were whistled for another one. Any breeze that filled the underdogs’ from Division II sails’ after the penalty kill turned to a headwind after the second consecutive penalty was called. Noah Charron was called for holding on a tangle with Jake Acker at center ice that probably should have been a no-call, or at worst, a matching penalty keeping both sides at 5-on-5. After another half-dozen scoring chances for Hanover, Acker redirected a shot past Holt in net on the Marauders 31st shot of the game, with just 1 second remaining on the penalty. Acker was assisted by Pat Logan on the power play goal. It took just 103 seconds for Acker and Hanover to score again. This time at even strength, an off-speed shot slid up and over Holt’s goalie’s stick and bounced off of the crossbar. The puck bounced directly behind the Goffstown goaltender and was subsequently pushed across the goal line by Jake Acker. Seth Stadheim was credited with the lone assist on the Marauder’s second goal. Goffstown would pull Holt for the extra skater with a little more than a minute left in the game. It took just 17 seconds for Hanover to create a turnover at center ice and score the empty net goal with 58.6 seconds to play. David Lehmann put the empty netter in on an assist from Alan Baker. The final score would read, Hanover 3; Goffstown 0. For 38+ minutes these two teams battled it out, both playing good hockey, with each showcasing their abilities. The Division I Hanover Marauders finished strong, scoring three goals in the final 4:29. In the period they had 14 shots on Holt, connecting on two of them before getting the empty net goal. Goffstown managed 4 shots in the period with several other chances being blocked or missing the target. For the game, Colin Holt made 33 saves on 35 shots in the loss. Gabe Loud saved all 23 shots he faced in the shutout win for the Marauders. It was Hanover’s second consecutive shutout win, after beating Salem 2-0 on December 21st.

Goffstown is back on the ice tomorrow afternoon at 2pm against Division I powerhouse, Bedford High School. Bedford is 2-0 in Division I play, outscoring their opponents’ 13 to 1 thus far.

Sunday
2pm Goffstown vs. Bedford

Monday
8pm Goffstown vs. Central

GHS Hockey: Goffstown HS 9 vs. Pembroke-Campbell 1

I sit here writing this recap on Christmas Eve, and I’m reminded how blessed I am. I will get to the game. Before I do, I’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Be safe. Be thankful. Be especially pleased to know that you possess the ability to give, and for that reason alone, we all should enjoy Christmas.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015. 7pm @ Sullivan Arena, St. Anselm College-

It was time to play a home game. The Goffstown Grizzlies played host to Pembroke Academy-Campbell HS in their 2015-16 home opener last night. After two road games, both wins, the Grizzlies were looking for some home cooking before Christmas. Goffstown had wins at Winnacunnet and Somersworth while Pembroke had dropped their only decision against Keene.

Before the game started, the voice of the Division I State Champion Football team, Al Potvin, announced that proceeds from the gate and the 50/50 raffle were being donated to a trust fund that helps the Carlson family pay for medical bills. So, after the ceremonial puck drop with two-time cancer survivor (and still battling), Maddie Carlson, it was time for some hockey.

If there was any emotional build up from playing the first game in front of the home town fans, or from the emotion of the Maddie Carlson story, it appeared to dissipate as the teams skated their first shifts. The first period was largely quite choppy hockey with no discernible ebb and flow. Both teams traded chances, with Goffstown showing a slight edge in play. Then, after 10 plus minutes of play, the Grizzlies scored first. On the power play, Mike Fortin took a shot from the point on a very much ‘screened’ Matt Tremblay in net for Pembroke. The puck found its way to the back of the net, just inside the far post. Fortin’s goal was assisted by Kainen Lassonde. Just minutes later, on their own power play, Dylan Fisher scored for Pembroke to tie the game at 1-1. The period would end with the same score. Goffstown led in shots on goal, 13-6.

As the second period started nobody knew that Goffstown would end up perfect on the power play for the night, or that two freshmen would get their first career points, or that, three Grizzlies would skate shifts late in the game, each with a chance to record a hat trick. For now, it was a 1-1 game after one period. It wasn’t too long before Goffstown got the offense going, a theme that would run very strong for roughly 18 minutes of game time. Max Lajeunesse scored on a nice backhand goal that was set up by Tyler Riendeau. Shortly thereafter, Noah Charron scored a goal set up by Mike Fortin. Then freshman, Griffin Cook, scored his first career goal, set up by senior, Ben Roy. The second period would end with Goffstown holding a 4-1 lead on the scoreboard, and a decided edge in shots, 24-11.

Now before I get to the barrage of scoring that would lead to a Goffstown 9-1 win, I must mention something. Not that the outcome would have changed necessarily, but Pembroke had some point blank chances in each and every period that could have changed how things turned out. No chance was more glaring than the one in the first minute of the third period when a nice combination of passing led to a wide open shot on a wide open net, when Pembroke’s forward pushed the puck just wide of the post. At that point, had the puck gone in, it would have been a 4-2 game with nearly a full period to play. Then, as fate would have it, Goffstown scored five goals in less than six minutes to seal the deal. The Grizzlies showed they are Goffstown Strong, and put on a show for Ms. Carlson, ensuring a delightful outcome for all of the Goffstown fans in attendance.

In some sort of a rapid fire fashion, Sam Greenwood would score on a pass from Tyler Riendeau. Then on their next shift, on the power play, Greenwood would score again, from Riendeau. Ben Roy was next to score after the puck was boxed all around the crease area, freshman, Steve Provencher, got a stick on the puck before Roy slid it home, and Provencher had his first career point. Max Lajeunesse scored again, assisted by Dylan Hyers, and Noah Charron took passes from Kainen Lassonde and Mike Fortin before scoring his second goal of the game. In the end, Goffstown won 9-1, and they recorded double digits in shots on goal in all three periods, totaling 34 for the game. Colin Holt made 14 saves on 15 shots, to improve his record to 3-0-0 on the season.

Goffstown will play the day after Christmas in the Bauer Christmas Hockey Tournament in Manchester at JFK. Their schedule looks something like this:

Saturday
6pm Goffstown vs. Hanover

Sunday
2pm Goffstown vs. Bedford

Monday
8pm Goffstown vs. Central

Trans-Siberian Orchestra East 2015 II

Here are 10 more photos from the Manchester, NH show on November 28th.

This year, I was fortunate enough to get to the Boston show too. I haven’t even looked at those photos yet. Every time I go back to these pictures from Manchester, I just can’t wait to see these folks again, and to get lost in each and every spectacular moment found in each show.

If you know me, you know that TSO, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, has become synonymous with my Christmas season over the years. Maybe you have read one, several, or even, all, of the posts I have shared here regarding TSO over the last 4+ years. There have been many. Maybe this is the first time you’ve seen anything from here. Either way, the group and I go way back; more than 16 years back.

Here’s a little something that I shared from the past There in Every Show. Check it out.

In this post I share some photos from the evening show in Manchester, NH on November 28, 2015. I was 9 rows from the stage with my three oldest kids, ages 23, 22, and 19. These shows are a constant for me, and for my family. Once again, we waited with anticipation and were thrilled with the experience. Enjoy my attempt at photography with a cell phone from the general population.

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If you are still with me here, check out this post from last year. TSO 2014.

I will be adding more posts with pictures from the TSO concert in Manchester, NH throughout the month of December. Merry Christmas. Enjoy.

GHS Hockey: Goffstown HS 4 @ Somersworth-Coe-Brown 0

Goffstown @ Somersworth, Rochester Ice Arena. 8:00 pm.

 

Goffstown traveled to Rochester to play their second night, distant road, game in three nights. The opponent this time was the Somersworth-Coe-Brown Bear Cats. Somersworth came into the game at 1-0, after beating Oyster River 3-2 in their home opener. As the teams lined up and the National Anthem was sung, the beauty of not knowing what was going to happen next was in play.

The first period saw both teams play pretty even hockey for the most part. Both teams killed off penalties (Hooking to Joey Morrisette and Slashing to Noah Charron) without much trouble. Both teams moved the puck pretty well, but the slight edge in offensive possession went to Goffstown. Then, with just less than 24 seconds left in the period, Goffstown’s Tyler Riendeau scored his first goal of the game on a nice set up from Sam Greenwood. So, after one period, the visiting Grizzlies led 1-0 on the scoreboard, while outshooting Somersworth 9 to 6.

In the second period, the period of the long change, Somersworth raised their game on the offensive end of the ice. Before the period was over, the Bear Cats, would pound the Goffstown defense and goaltender (Colin Holt) with 15 shots on net, and several more attempts that were blocked, off-target, or caught up in the fray. The good news, for Goffstown fans, was that the defense and Colin Holt were equal to the task, and they held Somersworth off of the scoreboard. The Grizzlies, meanwhile, took advantage of the scoring chances they had. But first, early in the period, Max Lajeunesse beat a defender and skated in with a great chance to score. He ripped a shot that beat the Somersworth goaltender, Hunter Michaud, but the puck made direct contact with the post and glanced wide of the net. Shortly thereafter Noah Charron was called for a holding penalty and the Bear Cats went on the power play. Goffstown held Somersworth off of the scoreboard but they unleashed several shots with the man-advantage. After killing the penalty, Goffstown got a powerplay of their own when Jake Spainhower was called for tripping. With just 6 seconds left on the power play, Ben Roy scored for Goffstown after being set up by Kainen Lassonde and Noah Charron. The power play goal gave the Grizzlies a 2-0 lead. Later Brett Lassonde was whistled for hooking, and the defense held again. With 2:56 to play in the middle stanza, Tyler Riendeau struck again, scoring a goal created by beautiful plays executed by his linemates, Sam Greenwood and Max Lajeunesse, who both earned assists on the play. Spainhower was called for another trip late in the period, but Goffstown could not increase their lead. After two periods, Goffstown led 3-0, despite being outshot 15-7 in the period, and 21-16 through two periods.

Leading 3-0 entering the final period, it looked as though Goffstown came out playing a little bit too safe. Somersworth was playing and skating hard and taking the play to the Grizzlies. Goffstown turned up their own intensity and it wasn’t long before that paid off. Sam Greenwood made a nice pass to Noah Charron who beat Hunter Michaud in net, and the Grizzlies led 4-0 with 7:05 remaining in the game. The game would finish with no more scoring or penalties. Goffstown was outshot 8-6 in the period, and 29-22 for the game, but they did create the better scoring chances throughout. Colin Holt earned the shutout win by stopping all 29 shots he faced. Tyler Riendeau scored 2 goals. Sam Greenwood added 3 assists, and Noah Charron had a goal and an assist.

Goffstown returns to the friendly confines of Sullivan Arena on the St. Anselm campus for their home opener on Wednesday, December 23rd in a tilt against Pembroke-Campbell that is scheduled to face off at 7:00pm.

GHS Hockey: Goffstown HS 2 @ Winnacunnet HS 1

Goffstown @ Winnacunnet, Rinks at Exeter. 8:20 pm.

The varsity hockey team from Goffstown High School opened their season on the road, in someone else’s building. But, you must start somewhere. As the teams skated to warmup in the pregame skate, it was obvious that things may come a little bit harder when the schedule flips and the games start to count. The student body from Winnacunnet pressed, in numbers, against the glass directly behind Goffstown’s goaltender, Colin Holt and wanted to make their presence felt. Let the games begin.

Goffstown overcame two penalties in the opening period and still managed to take a 1-0 lead after one period. The Grizzlies rifled 13 shots on goal while the home team Warriors managed just 2 shots on net. Goffstown’s Dylan Hyers and Tyler Riendeau were whistled for penalties but the defense and net minder Colin Holt were able to turn away any and all scoring chances in the period. With 3:30 left in the period Tyler Riendeau showed his Christmas spirit by loudly ringing the bell, er uh, a shot off of the post. Then, Goffstown finally broke through by scoring with 1:04 left in the period on an open net, tap in by Kainen Lassonde from Noah Charron while there was a delayed penalty coming to the Warriors. Grizzlie’s forward, Sebastian Beal, stood up and took a hit in his own end to make a play, and get the puck out of the defensive end. In doing so, he took a hit from Hayden Choate which resulted in a delayed penalty to be called on Winnacunnet. Before the referee could blow his whistle to call the penalty, Noah Charron (Goffstown) gathered the puck and attacked the zone with speed. His approach forced Winnacunnet, goaltender Morgan McGirl, out high to cut the angle down, then Charron fed a beautiful pass over to a wide open Kainen Lassonde who tapped the puck into an open net.

The second period ended as the first one did, with Goffstown holding a 1-0 lead over the home team. However, Goffstown missed a golden opportunity to add to their lead while mustering just one shot on goal during a full two-minute 5-on-3 power play. The Warriors had been called for tripping (Cam Strukel) and a bench minor for too many men on the ice, all at the same time. Winnacunnet did get some better scoring chances in the period despite getting just 4 shots on goal in the middle stanza. James Nash was the Warriors best player in the period, generating almost all of their offensive chances. With 11:09 to play in the period he had a breakaway chance, but was pestered just enough at the last moment by Goffstown’s Brett Lassonde to take a shot that ended up trickling just wide of the net. In the final minute of the period a Goffstown defenseman (I forgot which number he was wearing) made a daring attempt to join the play at center ice, but that backfired and immediately sent Winnacunnet in on a 4-on-1 break. Colin Holt made a save and the rebound attempt slid just outside the post, nullifying the scoring threat. Goffstown had an 11-4 edge in shots on goal in the period, giving them a 24 to 6 advantage after two periods.

Winnacunnet brought some offense to their game in the final period. They outshot Goffstown 10-7 for the period and tied the game at 1 apiece with 4:50 to play. After maintaining possession for several shots on goal, the Warriors finally pounced on a rebound they could put in the net. Conor Allyn scored the Warriors goal with the assist going to Brian Affaunt. Prior to this offensive surge the Grizzlies had killed a penalty early in the third period where didn’t even allow Winnacunnet into the offensive end with possession of the puck. Then, with 4:09 to play, Winnacunnet took a penalty and they also called their timeout. As the powerplay progressed, Goffstown took several shots that whistled wide of the net, and the penalty was killed. Then in an instance it all came together in one shot. The puck came out along the boards to defenseman, Nick Nault. Nault wired a slapshot from the left boards and beat the goaltender clean with 2:06 to play. Goffstown led 2-1. Noah Charron would get called for a slash with 1:41 left to put the Warriors on the power play with a chance to tie the game. With 0:53 left to play the Warriors pulled their goal tender, Morgan McGirl, for the extra attacker and a 6-on-4 advantage. The Grizzlies stood tall and defended their blue line, sending puck after puck the length of the ice to run out time, and leave town with a 2-1 road win. For the game, Goffstown had a 31-16 advantage in shots. McGirl saved 29 of 31 shots, while Holt snagged 15 of 16 in the Grizzlies victory.

Goffstown will travel to Rochester, NH to play game two of their season in the old barn known as Rochester Arena on Friday night, December 18th at 8:00 PM against Somersworth High School.