Monthly Archives: December 2015

GHS Hockey: Goffstown HS 3 @ John Stark HS 2 (OT)

St. Anselm College, Sullivan Arena, Goffstown, NH (12/12/15)-

 

As you might guess here in New Hampshire, approaching mid-December, the sun was shining, the birds were singing, the lawns are all green, and the temperatures climbed well into the 50’s. It didn’t look or feel like hockey season here for today’s matinée against rival, John Stark Regional High School. Yet, the calendar says it was the final pre-season tune up before the regular season starts on Wednesday night.

So, as the figure skaters cleared the ice after their visit with the skating Santa Claus, it was time to clean the ice for Division II Goffstown to play against Division III John Stark.

The first period went by rather quickly as there were not many whistles, just one penalty, and no goals scored. Three things were apparent early in this game. One, Goffstown appeared to be able to cycle and control the puck in the offensive end rather effectively. Two, this John Stark team can skate. Three, neither team was clean or crisp with the puck on their sticks. Despite those observations, Goffstown held an 8-2 lead in shots on goal with nothing to show for the effort.

In the second period, while short-handed, Goffstown was the recipient of a gift from John Stark. They turned the puck over in their own end while their goaltender was out of the crease, and Goffstown’s Tyler Riendeau made no mistake in burying the puck into the back of the net for a short-handed goal, and a 1-0 lead. Before the second period ended though, John Stark made several good plays in a row payoff when Nick Gagne scored on a pass from Cal Loos. The period would end with the score tied 1-1. Goffstown outshot John Stark again 9-5 in the period, and held a 17-7 shots advantage after two periods.

John Stark came out with a renewed determination in the final period. At 11:11 of the period, Paul Molnar scored for John Stark to give the visitors a 2-1 lead. On the goal, Goffstown’s Sam Greenwood was also called for a penalty so the Grizzlies, now trailing, also had to kill a penalty. This may have been a wake up call of sorts for the home team, as they killed the penalty and started controlling the offensive end of the ice as well. The Grizzlies pounded John Stark goaltender, Jameson Bourque, for 9 shots over a few minutes before they finally found the net. With 2:17 left to play, Colin Burke (Goffstown) made a nice play to keep the puck alive in the zone and got the puck to Griffin Cook who ultimately fed Noah Charron for the game-tying goal. Goffstown’s goaltender came up large in the last two minutes with a couple of beautiful pad saves to keep the game tied at 2 apiece. Through regulation, the Grizzlies outshot John Stark 32-17.

The teams decided to play a 5 minute overtime consisting of 4-on-4 play. Again, Goffstown’s goaltending stood tall, making two nice saves before the Grizzlies could muster a shot. John Stark’s Nick Gagne was called for a slashing penalty and the Grizzlies went on a 4-on-3 power play. 49 seconds later Noah Charron scored the power play game-winner, his second goal of the game. First, Mike Fortin made a very nice play by stepping up and keeping the puck alive on the half-wall. Fortin got the puck to Tyler Riendeau who made a nice pass to Charron who sent a rising shot into the back of the net. Goffstown won 3-2 in overtime and finished their pre-season with two wins (one in overtime) and one loss (an overtime loss). Jameson Bourque made 31 saves for John Stark in the loss.

Goffstown will play their season opener on Wednesday night, December 16th, at The Rinks in Exeter versus Winnacunnet High School at 8:20pm.

GHS Hockey: Goffstown HS 4 @ Trinity HS 3

St. Anselm College, Sullivan Arena, Goffstown, NH (12/9/15)-

Let me start by saying that I did not get a game sheet from the game last night so I may miss some details and certainly I will not have any of the players’ names from Trinity. Even without a game sheet it was pretty obvious that the Grizzlies had worked on passing the puck since their first scrimmage on Sunday. The Grizzlies came out skating and passing very well. Max Lajeunesse got the Grizzlies on the board first after a beautiful pass from Sam Greenwood. That was the only goal that Goffstown would get in the opening period as the last 6 minutes of the period belonged to Division I opponent, Trinity. The Pioneers would tie the game at one apiece and that’s how the period would end. Trinity held a 9-6 advantage in shots on goal in the opening period. Goffstown probably had another 8 shots that were just outside the 24 square foot target.

The second period picked up where the first period ended; with Trinity dominating play and puck possession. The Grizzlies did block an awful lot of Trinity shots though and goaltender Colin Holt held them at a single goal all the way through the period. As Goffstown finally started to get their forecheck going again, the tide started to turn. With an offensive zone faceoff the Grizzlies made their second goal look easy. Tyler Riendeau won the faceoff cleanly, back to Dylan Hyers at the left point. Hyers let a hard shot go and beat the Trinity goaltender high to the stick side. 2-1 Goffstown. Moments later, Ben Roy tapped a rebound home, resulting from another heavy shot by Hyers, into the back of the net, giving the visiting Grizzlies a 3-1 lead. Trinity changed goaltenders. With the Grizzlies now on a power play, they beat the new goaltender when Noah Charron ripped a shot into the strings to give Goffstown a rather sudden 4-1 lead. The period would finish with more dominance in play from Goffstown but the score stayed the same, at 4-1. GHS had 12 shots on goal in the period, to just 5 for the Pioneers.

The third period favored Trinity as they used some desperation and better skating to chip away at the 3-goal deficit. They managed to get just 5 shots on goal but two of them found the mark. The first Pioneer goal of the period came on a perfectly placed wrist shot that found twine just under the crossbar and just inside the near post. The final goal for Trinity came on a clear breakaway when a Goffstown defenseman pinched too aggressively and then fell down in attempting to get back. Trinity pulled their netminder with less than a minute to play but could not get another shot past Colin Holt. Shots were even at 5 apiece in the period. For the game, Goffstown held a slight edge in shots on goal at 23-19. Trinity’s goaltender’s saved 7 of 10, and 12 of 13 shots respectively. Holt made 16 saves on 19 shots for Goffstown.

Goffstown skated three lines consisting of: Tyler Riendeau, Sam Greenwood, and Max Lejeunesse: Sebastian Beal, Kainen Lassonde, and Noah Charron: Griffin Cook, Ben Roy, and Alex McCarthy; with Stephen Provencher mixing in shifts up front. On defense the Grizzlies used: Nick Nault and Colin Burke: Dylan Hyers and Jacob Noonan: Mike Fortin and Brett Lassonde. Colin Holt played all 45 minutes in net.

Goffstown will play their final pre-season scrimmage on Saturday morning (Dec. 12) at 11:00am against Division III opponent in John Stark Regional High School (Weare). The game will be at St. Anselm College, Sullivan Arena, Goffstown, NH.

GHS Hockey: Central HS 2 @ GHS 1 (OT)

St. Anselm College, Sullivan Arena, Goffstown, NH –

I suppose it must start somewhere, and as far as ‘keeping track’ goes, the 2015-16 Varsity Ice Hockey Season started tonight for Goffstown High School with a scrimmage versus Division I opponent, Central High School (Manchester). Actually Goffstown HS Hockey started on the ice at 5:30am last Monday morning, but tonight there was another team lined up against the Grizzlies.

Before we get to the game action, let’s meet the 2015-16 Goffstown Grizzlies (NHIAA Division II) players and coaching staff.

1 Colin Holt G Sr

5 Griffin Cook F Fr

6 Ben Roy F Sr

7 Alex McCarthy F Fr

8 Tyler Riendeau F Jr

9 Dylan Hyers D Jr

10 Max Lajeunesse F So

11 Jake Noonan D Fr

12 Mike Fortin D So

14 Kainen Lassonde F So

16 Nick Nault * D Jr

17 Sebastian Beal F Fr

18 Noah Charron F So

19 Sam Greenwood * F Sr

20 Stephen Provencher F Fr

21 Colin Burke D Fr

22 Brett Lassonde D Fr

* Captains

** Assistant Captain

Head Coach- Ben Slocum

Asst. Coach- Shane Tufts

Asst. Coach- John Nanof

Off-Ice Conditioning- Brian Bourque

Yes, that’s right, 3 Senior’s and 7 Freshmen.

Anyways, to the game. It took just 50 seconds of game time to require something be written on the game sheet. The first shot on goal in the game was a goal for Central High School. At 14:10 of the first period, Cody Lappas scored on a pass from Logan Pacheco, and Goffstown trailed 1-0. As the period would wind down, Central missed a couple of point-blank scoring chances where their shots just plain missed the net. The period would end with Central leading 1-0 on the scoreboard, and holding a 10-6 lead in shots on goal as well. Sam Greenwood took the only GHS penalty of the period on a tripping call. Central was whistled for two penalties, Stephen Langley was called for a minor of head contact, and Jack Compos was called for hooking.

Okay, realistically, the second period went by about as quickly as a period could go. There were no goals. There was one penalty to Dylan Hyers (GHS) for interference. There was also not much to see. The period was pretty sloppy really, or at least it lacked any sort of continuity. Goffstown mustered one shot on goal, while Central managed only 3 shots themselves. After two periods, Central 1; Goffstown 0.

The third period was much better. At 11:28 of the period, Sam Greenwood (GHS) scored an unassisted goal to tie the game at 1 for Goffstown. Greenwood’s goal came just 7 seconds after a Goffstown power play had ended. While the Grizzlies still held possession of the puck in the offensive end, they capitalized with the game-tying goal at even strength. The penalty called on Central had been a tripping call on Brendan Courtney. The overall play flowed much better for both teams throughout the final period. Regulation time would end with the score tied 1-1. In the 3rd period Central had 7 shots on goal, while the Grizzlies had 5 shots.

Quickly, the coaches and officials decided that the game would continue with a 5:00 overtime of 4-on-4 hockey to decide the outcome. The overtime play was crisp, and Goffstown had the better chances early on. Getting 3 shots on goal in the first minute. Then, at 3:31 of the overtime, Stephen Langley (CHS) scored on a wrist shot assisted by Nathan Potvin and Dakodah Currier to win it for Central High School. Final score: Central HS (Manchester) 2, Goffstown HS 1 (OT). Central goaltender Mathieu Cislak finished with 14 saves on 15 shots, earning the overtime win. Colin Holt stopped 19 of 21 shots for the Grizzlies.

Goffstown will play their second pre-season scrimmage on Wednesday night (Dec. 9) at 7:30pm against another Division I opponent in Trinity High School (Manchester). The game will be at St. Anselm College, Sullivan Arena, Goffstown, NH, with Trinity HS as the home team.

Honoring her December birthday

Well, it’s December 6th. Another December date that I remember a loved one on their birthday. I have so many friends and family with birthdays in December. This morning though, I remember my Aunt Janette. Below, I have shared a poem that I wrote in honor of my aunt. She was a beautiful person, inside and out. I was fortunate enough to have a relationship with her right from the time I was born. Last night when I looked at my calendar, and I let the date register with me, I stopped and I thought about my wonderful aunt. She is still very much missed and I cannot wait to see her again, one day, in heaven. This morning, I remember her, and I share this poem I wrote a few years ago.

I wrote this poem the morning after my Aunt Janette went to see our Lord. I woke up on Saturday morning and had these words in my mind, waiting to be written. So I sat and I wrote them.

Then on Thursday of this week, I decided to see if I could find the pictures we took at Uncle Lloyd and Aunt Janette’s farm last July. I opened the folder on my computer and I burst in to tears. Because, there she was, my beautiful Aunt Janette, right in front of me. Furthermore, there were pictures of her holding the child’s hand, pictures of her lifting the frail to new heights, and pictures of her happy, healthy, and completely at ease in her element. So I decided to pull a few pictures and put them into a post here including the poem. I took some of these pictures and my daughter Erin took some too.

Where’s that woman who used to embody farm?
She would work and still pull off that striking charm
 
There’s an empty spot in the garden over there
 A place vacated by the mother with golden hair
Aunt Janette leads Jacqueline up to see the calves.

Aunt Janette leads Jacqueline up to see the calves.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Can I walk for a while where she would tread?
O’er the grounds many visitors she had led
 
 
That child’s hand isn’t held walking next to us
It would’ve been by the girl who grew up in Texas
This is how I remember my Aunt Janette. Strong enough to walk alone, but always looking to see who else might benefit from a little help.

This is how I remember my Aunt Janette. Strong enough to walk alone, but always looking to see who else might benefit from a little help.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
May I enter her home and just sit for a while?
I can smell the bread and still see the smile
 
The room is full but something’s out-of-place
There’s a smile missing, absent, a friendly face
With a little boost from Aunt Janette, the frail could fly.

With a little boost from Aunt Janette, the frail could fly.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Can I say a little something to remember her by?
How she’d reach for the frail and let them fly
 
There are stories shared, each must be told
Recalling the wife that never did look old
Always happy to see us, my Aunt Janette, and my two daughters, Jacqueline and Erin. 7-25-2012.

Always happy to see us, my Aunt Janette, and my two daughters, Jacqueline and Erin. 7-25-2012.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Is it just me or is there happiness found here?
“…there am I in the midst…”; He is near
 
Gathered there is strength, and even more love
Missing here, we need only smile and look above

TSO – Chris Caffery Friday

I heard that today is Chris Caffery Friday. It just so happens that I have a few photos of Chris from this year’s show. Here are a few pictures of Chris from the Manchester, NH show on November 28th.

Chris first became known to me in December of 2000, at my very first TSO show in Albany, NY. I enjoyed his interaction with the band as well as with the crowd. I loved listening to him play, while watching his noticeable enthusiasm to be there on stage, and all of these things are still true, 16 years later. It has truly been my pleasure.

Here’s a little something that I shared from the way, way back. The first time. Please have a look.

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.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra East 2015

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

For the first time in 16 years of seeing Trans-Siberian Orchestra in concert, I actually took a lot of pictures at the show this year. I usually take some pictures, but not too many. Maybe this year, because I have a ‘newer, smarter’ phone, I thought I would take more pictures, I don’t know. The pictures aren’t of the highest quality in my opinion, but I share none the less.

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.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra 2015

For the first time in 16 years of seeing Trans-Siberian Orchestra in concert, I actually took a lot of pictures at the show this year. I usually take some pictures, but not too many. Maybe this year, because I have a ‘newer, smarter’ phone, I thought I would take more pictures, I don’t know. The pictures aren’t of the highest quality in my opinion, but I share none the less.

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.

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 2 years ago. Performance within a performance.

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