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GHS Hockey: Goffstown 2 vs. Bow 4

Saturday, January 30, 2016. 4pm @ Sullivan Arena, St. Anselm College, Goffstown, NH – Bow @ Goffstown.

After all was said and done, the Bow Falcons improved to 10-1-1 on the season. Goffstown dropped to 5-5. According to records, streaks, common opponents, etc. Bow was supposed to win this game. Ultimately the young, talented team from Bow did win, but this was a battle from the opening faceoff.

These two teams are both young, with only three seniors each. Goffstown has struggled this season to come out game after game with consistent high intensity and high energy. Today, though, they did. These two teams might be set up to have some great battles in coming years with so many returning players.

Goffstown came out with good energy today, right from the start. Goffstown moved the puck quickly, and up the ice early as well as often. The Grizzlies forced Bow to defend the entire length of the ice. For a while Bow was out of their game, or at least it appeared that way. They were constantly chasing the play. As a result they were whistled for a pair of penalties in the opening period. On the first penalty, Goffstown took advantage on the power play when Nick Nault scored his first goal of the day from Noah Charron and Ben Roy. The Grizzlies earned another power play just 30 seconds later but could not convert despite managing the puck well for most of the advantage. Late in the period, with the visiting Falcons finding their legs, Bow started to cycle the puck in the offensive end more and more, controlling the puck and the play. With 1:30 to play, Griffin Cook had the puck on his stick with a chance to clear the zone, but he and his linemates could not clear. The puck found its’ way down low with Bow getting a point-blank shot, but goaltender, Colin Holt, made a huge save to keep the game at 1-0. The period would end with Goffstown clinging to the lead 1-0, and outshooting the Falcons 6-5.

The second period was pretty wild with 6 penalties being called (3 per side) and a pair of goals as well. The game’s intensity was high and the quality of play was pretty good. Goffstown would continue to be aggressive on the forecheck which led to turnovers and scoring opportunities. Sebastian Beal would get a great feed right to the slot on a turnover caused by the forecheck, but would fumble the puck and not get a shot away. Later, Beal and his mates would get a steal while killing a penalty and Beal would get a breakaway only to be denied by Nate Carrier in goal for Bow. After a 5-minute major penalty to Bow’s Colin Tracy when he ran Sebastian Beal from behind, the Grizzlies would miss play the puck on the power play and give up the tying goal. What started with an innocent loose puck at center ice would turn into a shorthanded goal for Bow. The puck was loose, between Goffstown’s Nick Nault, and Bow’s Josh Connor. Nault would make a run for the puck just outside his defensive blue line, but Connor took control of the puck and got past Nault. Nault recovered quickly but gave up the inside positioning to Connor who would bolt to the net and ultimately slide the puck past Holt in net to tie the game at 1-1. Just 18 seconds later, the Grizzlies would draw another penalty and get a 5-on-3 power play. Despite the 2-man advantage and several looks at the net, Goffstown could not score. However, while dominating the attacking zone on the power play, Nate Carrier, in Bow’s net, lost his cool and slashed a Goffstown forward. The penalty gave Goffstown another 5-on-3 advantage. This time after a couple of shots got blocked or redirected, Nick Nault got the puck and made a nice move from out high, to beat a forward, and skate in with plenty of room to work. Nault’s shot would tickle the net on the top of the goal, a beautiful shot up under the crossbar to give the Grizzlies the 2-1 lead. Goffstown would take two penalties in the second half of the period, but would hold Bow off of the scoreboard. In the period Goffstown would outshoot the Falcons 9-2. After two periods, Bow was behind 2-1.

The third period would belong largely to Bow. They came out and pumped five shots on goal before Goffstown could muster a single shot. Goffstown would kill off one penalty they took when Sebastian Beal was called for tripping, but they would not be able to kill the next one. While on the power play, Goffstown’s Nick Nault was whistled for tripping. The penalty would even up the players at 4-on-4, but with Nault in the box as one of Goffstown’s best skaters, Bow would take advantage, and quickly. First, Ryan Tobeler would score a 4-on-4 goal from Austin Beaudette and Jamie Ess. Then one minute and ten seconds later, with 5:23 left to play, on the power play, Doug Champagne would give Bow the lead with assists to Colin Tracey and Alex Killion. Trailing for the first time in the game, Goffstown did turn up the pressure. Sam Greenwood would get a pair of nice chances with one shot hitting Carrier up high and glancing wide, and the other sailing high and wide of the net. With 3:46 to play, Goffstown would miss a chance to get the puck out of their own end leading directly to a 2-on-1 for Bow. Colin Holt would come up with a huge save on the breakdown and keep the game at a one goal difference. Goffstown kept the pressure on in the offensive end when the puck came out toward the point at about thigh high in the air. Defenseman Colin Burke, who was in tighter than normal to create offense, gloved the puck down to his skates but never got the puck to his stick. Caught flat-footed on the play, Burke never got back to defend the play. Fortunately for Bow, this led to a full break, 2-on-1 for their two top scorers. Champagne would net his 22nd goal of the season with Ryan Tobeler getting the assist, and his 26th point in 12 games. Bow led 4-2 with just 1:21 to play. Colin Holt would leave the net with 53 seconds to play but Goffstown could not get anything past Nate Carrier. Final score: Bow 4 and Goffstown 2. Bow would outshoot Goffstown 12-8 in the period. Carrier would end up with 21 saves on 23 shots, while Holt would save 15 of 19 shots in the loss. Goffstown’s first line of Sam Greenwood, Max Lajeunesse, and Tyler Riendeau turned in a tremendous effort in this one but had nothing to show for it. Today’s game was a great game, and both teams played good hockey.

Goffstown doesn’t play again until February 10th, when they travel to Dover to play for only the third time in 20 days. I don’t know why, but the schedule is odd at best.

Goffstown Hockey Fundraiser and Preview

This is a first for me here, a preview of sorts. Okay, and a plea of sorts, for some help from the greater Goffstown Hockey community.

First, there is a Goffstown home game tomorrow at Sullivan Arena on the campus of St. Anselm College in Goffstown. The game starts at 4pm and will wind down by 6pm. The NHL All-Star skills stuff doesn’t start until 7pm, so there’s plenty of time to do both. Goffstown is hosting the Bow Falcons in the game. More on that later.

Second, is this plea for help. The Goffstown Hockey team does one major fundraiser each season, and that time is almost here. The Fundraiser is being held at the Alpine Club (175 Putnam Street) on February 5th beginning at 800pm. (Doors open at 630pm)

Feb. 5th Alpine Club

Goffstown Hockey Fundraiser

Now get this; for just $40 you get dinner (catered by Steak Out in Goffstown), a door prize, a tremendous comedy show, and whatever other fun you’ll have by being there. There will be a cash bar and raffle prizes as well. Speaking of raffle prizes, these items to be raffled off are being collected at the game against Bow tomorrow afternoon. There will be a collection box or collection area at the gate to get into the game tomorrow. Typically items or prizes being donated carry a value of $25-50 per item. Bring your items right to the game. Any help that any of you in the surrounding area might be able to contribute would be greatly appreciated. Tickets for the Comedy Night at the Alpine Club are also on sale at the game. So, if you can donate a prize, or purchase tickets to enjoy a fun night out without having to travel too far, Goffstown Hockey present, and certainly future, would be grateful without question.

Alright, I appreciate you staying with me on this so far. Back to the match up against the Bow Falcons. Bow finds themselves in 2nd place in the NHIAA Division II Standings with a phenomenal record thus far of 9-1-1. The Falcons boast 4 different players averaging 2 points (goals and assists are worth one point each) or more per game. They have outscored their opponents by a combined score of 71-22 in their 11 games played so far. The Bow Falcons are 6-0-1 against common opponents that Goffstown has played thus far this season. To say that Bow is a worthy opponent in this game that could be a cornerstone date on and off of the ice, is an understatement.

If you are in the area tomorrow, or on Friday the 5th, come on out with the Goffstown Hockey team and have some fun. We would love to see you at both events. Also, we thank you all in advance to any and all of you making contributions and/or assisting in making this a landmark event for the Goffstown Hockey program and the community that follows and supports them. Thank you again. See you at the rink!

God Bless the USA, Let’s Pray

I don’t need science to tell me that meditation repairs brain matter

Just bow your head and talk to Him, void of all the societal chatter

 

See, there are places all around you can find a spot filled in silence

Here, at least for now, my walk and talk with Jesus, is my license

 

Go to some quiet place, exhale, bow in reverence, and just pray

List every little thing you are thankful for if you need words to say

 

Ask with respect, Lord please give me direction in these areas of life

Better yet, kneel beside your bed together, praying, husband and wife

 

Then maybe look inside yourself, find the hidden, and set it free

Talk with Him about it, all of it, don’t open your eyes, and you’ll see

 

It’s okay to ask Him for help here, where else would you rather go

There’s always an answer whether we understand or not, God knows

 

Which came first the Power of the Almighty or the power of repentance

I know it changes hearts, much less the obvious, our countenance

 

Pray at length for our leaders instead of complaining about him or her

We all long for the way that it was, so bend a knee, that’s how we were

 

Bring your grievances to the bench of the Supreme Judge in humility

Don’t carry them another day, have faith, it’ll be better for you, and we

 

It’s heard across this great land less and less, God Bless the USA

Maybe we’re the problem, let’s find a place, bow our heads, let’s pray

Lost in place

I waded through the layers that separated the you from me
I peered into the depths of darkness in the place of we

I gave benefits despite the doubt, everything was all I tried
It was the answer missing that dropped me to the floor, I cried

Pains ran in every direction from my heart, it hurt in every limb
How was it that the known wasn't a better choice than the him

The surface is calm but I read between the lines on your face
Without leaving, I have somehow still managed to lose my place

But where is it I will go, for this I chose, and it's all I know
Do I let you hide in plain sight, while I weep in the places I go

I fear that which was lost, together, we could never find again
So I steal away to the silence and serene to contemplate our end

Is it possible to reach the point where all is gone but goodbye
Without the answers to the questions that all begin with why
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Rideau Canal Skate – 3 Years Ago Today

Skating the Rideau Canal 3 years ago today. Wind chills were below zero, but we had to get a skate in before heading back to the US.

Skating the Rideau Canal 3 years ago today. Wind chills were below zero, but we had to get a skate in before heading back to the US.

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Old Mill Site

I decided to get off of the well beaten path. I followed tracks from deer and bobcats into the woods. Around a bend I saw the land open up to where beavers had made a pond. To my surprise, hidden behind a little knoll, below the beaver dam, there sits this old mill site. Upon closer inspection this site is pretty large, even in comparison to sites I have seen in Weare and Dunbarton. I will return another day when I have more time to explore the stone ruins beyond the mill site. Sometime during the last century or two, there was quite a sizeable operation in this spot I found. Now, the animals make the only tracks around this place, and the water still flows where it’s supposed to as far as the mill would be concerned. It was a pretty cool find on a little walk in the woods.

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Stumbling upon history while walking in the woods. Now I want to know the story.

GHS Hockey: Goffstown 7 vs. Belmont-Gilford 6

Sunday, January 24, 2016. 330pm @ Sullivan Arena, St. Anselm College, Goffstown, NH – Belmont-Gilford @ Goffstown.

Today reminded me of something from a quarter-century or so ago. I remember going to the old Boston Garden, the original barn, and buying obstructed view seats for $10 on matinée Saturday’s to watch the Bruins play. One of the things I remember most about those games was the fact that those matinée games seemed to always produce weird, high scoring games, or some other odd thing. There were at least a few games that turned out to be 6-5 or 7-6 when both teams just skated and offense ruled the day. Well, I had that same feeling walking into Sullivan Arena today. As it would play out, the Grizzlies would end up getting a 7-6 win before this wild affair was done.

This Goffstown Grizzlies team is young. There are three seniors and three juniors on the team, with the rest being first or second year varsity players. I point this out because sometimes younger teams aren’t quite as steady in the mental approach to the game. I don’t mean this as a bad thing, because I do believe the team is well coached and the players care very much for each other. It’s more about a consistency thing. My experience tells me that younger teams can be awesome or awful, and no notice is served as to which one will show up on any given day. I have seen this team fluctuate wildly in the energy they bring to games this season. Now, I will say that they almost respond to the lack of  energetic starts by picking up their play as the game progresses. That said, let’s get to today’s action.

The Belmont-Gilford (B-G) team competes in NHIAA Division III hockey. They are defending State Champions and they are 7-1 this season against Div. III opponents. They boast, maybe the best line in their Division, with Caleb Drouin-Christian Karagianis-Dylan Treamer. That line showed they could play today as well, accounting for 5 goals and 3 assists in the affair against Goffstown.

The first period was more or less a track event that only one team really showed up for. Belmont-Gilford outskated Goffstown by a lot. They finished their checks. They drew two penalties just by winning battles to nearly every puck. They outshot the Grizzlies 15-4, and were it not for the long reach of Dylan Hyers and last-second stick checks from Mike Fortin and Brett Lassonde, they could have scored 5 or 6 goals in the opening period. As it was, they outscored the Grizzlies 2-1 in the period anyways. Caleb Drouin opened the scoring after B-G registered the first six shots of the contest. Despite being dominated by the Bulldogs, the Grizzlies did get on the board when Noah Charron redirected a slap shot taken by Colin Burke from the right point, tying the game at 1-1. B-G broke the tie quickly when Harrison Parent scored on a nice passing play from Ethan Becker and Hunter Dupuis. Remarkably the score would stay 2-1 for the final 7 minutes of the period even though the visitors had several point-blank looks at good shots. Goffstown goalie, Colin Holt would end up with not-so-good numbers on the day, saving 26 of 32 shots, but he came up HUGE several times throughout this game. If the Grizzlies didn’t personally thank Colin for the chance to be in this game, they should have. So, after one period, the Grizzlies only trailed 2-1 despite the skating, passing, and shooting clinic put on by Belmont-Gilford in the opening period.

Now, part of the first period dominance by B-G was a result of the Grizzlies not playing physical at all, and making it too easy for the Bulldogs to skate, move the puck, and set each other up for shots. There were numerous cross the slot, or cross the crease passes that were executed by B-G. That all started to change in the middle period. The Grizzlies moved their feet a whole lot better and the wake up call was answered. Goffstown would draw three penalties themselves and score on 4 of 12 shots they’d take. In my opinion, mostly having to do with the large change in the intensity of their skating. Passing and structure coming out of their own end continued to be a stumbling block for the Grizzlies but they kept skating and it paid off.

Goffstown tied the game right away when Noah Charron scored his second goal of the game on a set up from Ben Roy and Sebastian Beal. Nearly nine minutes later, Nick Nault gave the Grizzlies their first lead on a goal assisted by Dylan Hyers. The lead was short-lived as Caleb Drouin scored his second goal of the game, this time short-handed, assisted by Hunter Dupuis who would end up with 3 assists on the afternoon. Just 24 seconds later, on the power play, the Grizzlies would get the lead back when Noah Charron would feed Nick Nault who loaded up for a big shot that would redirect off of Dylan Hyers on its way into the net. Tyler Riendeau would get an unassisted goal to give the Grizzlies a 5-3 lead with 24.5 seconds remaining. Then, nine seconds later Riendeau would get called for a two-minute minor for hooking. The period would end with the Grizzlies in front, 5-3. Goffstown also owned a 12-7 advantage in shots on goal for the period.

The frantic pace of this game would take no break in the final period. 1:24 into the period, Sam Greenwood would give the Grizzlies a 3-goal lead despite being shorthanded. Max Lajeunesse would pick up the assist on Greenwood’s goal, his fourth of the season. B-G would cut the Grizzlies’ lead to 6-4 when they put together an absolutely beautiful power play goal. Alex Muthersbugh would send a pass from out high down low to Dylan Treamer in the right circle. Treamer without hesitation and without looking would make a perfect pass across the slot to Caleb Drouin on his off-wing side and in one Stamkos-esque motion would bury the puck in the net. It was Drouin’s third goal of the game and it also gave him a power-play goal to go with his shorthanded and even strength goals. It wasn’t too long before the Grizzlies struck again. Showing good possession time in the offensive zone, Sam Greenwood worked the puck back to the left point for a shot from Mike Fortin. Fortin made a nice move to get inside the winger defending him but lost the puck off the toe of his stick. As if it was planned, the puck went right into Tyler Riendeau’s wheelhouse and he made no mistake, giving the Grizzlies another 3-goal lead with 4:44 to play. Mr. Drouin would help set up the next goal for B-G when he and Alex Muthersbugh would make consecutive passes to wide open, undefended Christian Karagianis at the side of the net. Karagianis took the perfect feed and deposited it into the open side of the net, and the score read 7-5 Grizzlies. Dylan Hyers would get whistled for a cross-checking penalty with 2:36 left, when he stood up to defend himself against a pending hit as he was playing the puck along the boards. The Grizzlies would kill the penalty but a shift in the momentum which started after Riendeau’s goal continued to grow with B-G on the power play. I don’t know if it was the return to a 3-goal lead at 4:44 that led to the Grizzlies letting off of the gas some, or if it was the resiliency and fight in defending champs from Belmont-Gilford that allowed them to dominate play in the final minutes of the game. Killing the penalty was nice, but the Grizzlies were hemmed in for most of that two minutes. Then with 0:27.6 left Drouin struck for his 4th goal of the game on another beautiful pass by Dylan Treamer, with the other assist going to Hunter Dupuis. It was hold your breath time for the home crowd in Sullivan Arena because it was now 7-6 in favor of the Grizzlies, but the Bulldogs pulled back-up goaltender, Cody Hodgins, in favor of the extra attacker. Belmont-Gilford would not score again and the Grizzlies would earn the victory despite a questionable 5-minute boarding call against Dylan Hyers with a few seconds remaining. The Grizzlies would be outshot 10-6 in the final period, and 32-22 for the game. As it turned out, some strange things happen in these matinée games, and today was no exception. The Grizzlies and Bulldogs played a thoroughly entertaining game, even if you were cheering one-sidedly for one team or the other. The game featured 11 penalties, 13 goals, 54 shots that found goalies or backs of the net, a mouthguard warning, and referees running the clock down as well as adding additional time. It was a little bit wild and crazy for sure. B-G goaltenders, Bailey Defosie saved 7 of 11 shots, while Cody Hodgins would snag 8 of 11 shots he faced.

Belmont-Gilford is a good team, and Caleb Drouin showed that he is a fantastic talent. Goffstown started slowly but showed its’ own resiliency by generating 6 goals and 18 shots in a 24 minute span during the middle of the game. The Grizzlies improved to 5-4 on the season, while B-G dropped to 7-3 with two of their three losses coming against Division II opponents.

The Grizzlies return to home ice on January 30th at 4pm when they play host to the red-hot Bow Falcons (currently 8-1-1 on the season). Until then, enjoy the week between now and then.