Monthly Archives: February 2016

GHS Hockey: Goffstown 3 @ Dover 2

Wednesday, February 10, 2016. 645pm @ Dover Ice Arena, Dover, NH – Goffstown @ Dover.

This afternoon, it hit me. Not the thought that the Goffstown Hockey Team was finally hitting the ice for a game after a 10-day layoff, but the fact that I would be in Dover again. See, in my feeble mind I attach events, emotions, and memories to surroundings, to songs, to the places where I felt the strongest of feelings. So, without dragging you all through the personal reasons I have, I share, quickly, this. On November 6th, 2015, the last time I was in Dover, for one of Sebastian’s games. I sat in the parking lot before the game, and wrote most of Sadder-Day in a tribute to a dear friend I lost that very week. Feel free to check it out if you would like. That’s the end of my plug, and the reason why this afternoon took on a different meaning once tonight’s destination registered with me. Thank you.

Goffstown hadn’t played a game since playing a very good, entertaining game against the Bow Falcons back on January 30th. Tonight they entered play with a 5-5 record (10th in DII) on the season. The Grizzlies traveled to Dover to play one of the top teams in Division II, the Dover Green Wave, who came in at 9-2-1 (3rd in DII) on the season. If there was a silver lining in Dover’s record from a visitors standpoint, the Green Wave were just 2-2-1 in their last five games.

To the game we go. Honestly, I told myself in the very first minute of the game, that unless something went horribly wrong, Goffstown should be in this game until the end. It was apparent early that Goffstown came to play. It took more than 4 minutes for Dover to register a shot on Goffstown’s goalie, Colin Holt. Then again, after their first shot or two, Dover did draw a penalty and went on the power play. It took just 30 seconds for the Green Wave to make the Grizzlies pay for the minor penalty. On a beautiful power play possession, capped by consecutive perfect passes, Eric DeGregorio scored into the empty side of the net. Cole Shelgren made a nice pass from his defensive point to Griffin Guerra down low. Guerra, with his head up, slid the puck across the front of the crease to a wide open DeGregorio. Dover led 1-0 with 10:00 to play in the opening period. For the rest of the period, Goffstown went 0-for-2 on their own power plays, and Dover failed to score on another power play opportunity they earned. Then with just over a minute to play in the period, just one second after Goffstown’s power play expired, the Grizzlies tied the game. Sebastian Beal (1) banged home his first career varsity goal on the rebound after being set up by Tyler Riendeau (8) and Ben Roy (5). Game tied 1-1.  The first period ended in a tie, with Goffstown mustering 10 shots on goal while Dover had 11. Towards the end of the period though, something started to show up; the Grizzlies were moving their feet, and getting to the areas where the puck battles are won and lost, before Dover was.

In the second period, Goffstown picked up where they left off. They moved the puck quickly, and they kept skating. The Grizzlies power play may not be as strong as it could be, but they got plenty of practice in the middle stanza. Dover took five, yes five, consecutive minor penalties in the period, and they only overlapped for 15 seconds; meaning, the Grizzlies had 5 power plays in the period. Goffstown would go 1-for-5 on the power play in the period. Honestly, after talking with several Dover parents on this, it would be tough to argue the apparent one-sidedness in the calls. As most of us hockey fans know, the team that is moving their feet generally gets the better of the calls, and tonight it was Goffstown that was moving their feet, leaving Dover to chase the puck. The Green Wave were also guilty of taking a couple of penalties in retaliation to being pressed. These were just too obvious not to call. Finally, after all of the penalties, the Grizzlies scored with 2:29 to play in the period, on the power play. A power play earned when Goffstown’s Noah Charron didn’t respond to a player in his face, and Dover did retaliate, cross-checking Charron to the ice. Sebastian Beal (7) would make a great play along the boards to strip a Dover player cleanly of the puck and make a pass to Ben Roy (6) who shot on net and Mike Fortin (2) was there to put the puck into the net, giving the Grizzlies a lead, 2-1. Goffstown would carry a 2-1 lead to the locker room. The visitors would register 15 shots on goal in the period while allowing just 6 shots. Colin Holt did make one incredible save on a shorthanded bid by Dover when he batted a loose puck out of mid-air with his blocker while the Dover faithful were all ready to erupt for what they thought would be a sure goal.

In the third period, two major things happened, and one of them you could have guessed. Dover came out with a 9-2-1 record on the line in a home game, and they turned up the pressure by a lot. The other thing that happened was that the officials swallowed their whistles, and nothing was called in the entire period. Maybe they had just had enough of the penalties (9 of them) and how much time it took to play two periods. I don’t know, but the Grizzlies certainly benefitted from the lack of calls in the opening half of the period. Either way, the Green Wave dominated the puck possession game. For what it was worth though, much of their possession was spent slinging the puck around the boards or chipping the puck deeper into the zone after keeping it in at the point. After all was said and done they would only get 8 shots on goal in the period. Finally, after another failed clearing attempt by the hemmed in Grizzlies, Eric DeGregorio made them pay. With 3:31 to play he skated from his left to his right, down low, and slid a nice backhand shot right through the five hole on Holt for the tying goal. For a few seconds, my heart skipped a couple of beats while I conferred with myself. I said something like, Goffstown has played too well tonight to, NOT come out of Dover with a victory. Then after not generating much of anything in the period, the Grizzlies made my little conversation with myself stand up. Sam Greenwood  (5) scored the game winner with 1:54 to play. Assists went to Mike Fortin (5) and Griffin Cook (2). Goffstown would hold on for the upset road victory even though Dover pulled their goaltender for the last 1:10 of the game. Nick Martinen played well in net for Dover with 25 saves on 28 Goffstown shots. Colin Holt rebounded from a 4-goal game versus Bow with a stellar performance, saving 23 of 25 shots from the Dover Green Wave.

This was a huge win for the Grizzlies. On the road, against the #3 team in the Division II rankings. The win pushed Goffstown back up over the .500 mark at 6-5. The Grizzlies were missing Max Lajeunesse and Alex McCarthy for tonight’s contest, both being sick. I have to say that the boys came to play, and they were pretty darn happy with their efforts and the results from playing Grizzlie hockey for 45 minutes. Stephen Provencher and Ethan Smith were there, and part of the team achievement. Colin Burke, Dylan Hyers, Nick Nault, Brett Lassonde, and Jake Noonan, all contributed to this Grizzlies’ team victory. It took all of them, and all of them were ready. Now, I suppose the best way to make tonight all the more impressive, would be to go out and beat Spaulding High School on Saturday afternoon.

Goffstown plays again on Saturday, February 13th, when they play host to Spaulding High School. The game will be played in Sullivan Arena on the campus of St. Anselm College in Goffstown, NH at 4:00pm. Won’t you come out and join us in enjoying the wonderful sport of high school hockey, and support the Goffstown Grizzlies? See you at the rink.

24 Hours in February

Thursday I was at my Mom and Dad’s house and I was struck by the greenery of the yard, specifically because it was so green, on February 4th here in New Hampshire. The scene was quite abnormal for this time of winter here in the Northeast. The temperature at the time was somewhere around 54°F, which was also an anomaly.

Way too green and warm for southern NH on Feb. 4th.

Way too green and warm for southern NH on Feb. 4th.

Then, on Friday we received 6.5″ of snow at my house. There were communities around us that received anywhere from 5″ to 9″ of snow on Friday. Many schools were closed, and just like that, in 24 hours it felt like winter again.

Friday morning the snow was falling at a pretty good clip. The snow, in all of it's purity, renews all it covers.

Friday morning the snow was falling at a pretty good clip. The snow, in all of its purity, renews all it covers.

As I put this piece together and post it to my blog, on Monday, the 8th of February, it is snowing again in southern NH. It’s a cold, snowy day, and the temperature (with wind) feels like 8°F. We are still some 45″ of snow shy of our normal winter average, and I doubt we will hit the average or even get close. Then again, you never know what is in store for us the rest of this winter…and beyond.

By late afternoon the sun made an appearance so we could see it set. The bright, yellowish glow on the white coated trees was a sight to see.

By late afternoon the sun made an appearance so we could see it set. The bright, yellowish glow on the white coated trees was a sight to see.

Grizzlies Comedy Night

This is a just a quick follow up to the promotional piece on the Goffstown Hockey Fundraiser. I heard there were some 141 folks present last night for the fundraising event. I am pretty sure every one of the folks had a good time.

I realize that next year’s event is now one year away, but I can honestly say that I cannot wait for it. Last night was a blast! The food from Steak Out was out of this world! If you live in the area, check them out. Outstanding.

Due to the snowstorm yesterday another show in the area cancelled their event and all of us at the Alpine Club were the beneficiaries as Gregg Boggis was a fourth comedian added to the lineup. He just made a wonderful night all that much better.

Thank you to all the people who set up, tore down, ran the show, donated prizes, bought tickets, or in any way supported the event. It was a very fun night, and it’s always good to spend time with folks in the Goffstown Hockey (and Friends) community.

Feb. 5th Alpine Club

Goffstown Hockey Fundraiser

Honestly, next year it’s not likely that we will be approaching this event without having dealt with a major snowstorm, or the opportunities to play golf on Christmas Day, or start gardening in January. It’s more likely that we will be looking for reasons to get outside and do something that doesn’t include moving snow, sliding on ice, or quickly getting from point to point so as not to freeze. So, I for one, will be keeping this event in mind and looking forward to attending next year. I hope to see you all at this event next year.

Thank you again. See you at the rink!

This Man I Know

This man I know trudges along on his lonesome crusade
It seems at every turn there’s evidence, again betrayed

He made up for lost time once he figured out what he’d do
He’s an older gent or I’d say you might know him too

The guy beats on, dim-witted maybe, cuz nothing stops him
Rising from the hollow, forward despite the forecast so grim

Out there limping all alone he looks around just so he can see
With nothing and no one in sight how is it, he’s not free

Everywhere he goes he packs a smile and a word to the wise
Even if you don’t believe him, you can see truth in his eyes

People don’t see him along the way, he swears that’s okay
But from place to place he shows up in some unassuming way

Behind the scenes there are scars, there is pain and doubt
Maybe it’s the time, or maybe it’s just the chosen route

He presses himself to another place, looking to be embraced
Many times though, he gets a glimpse, or just a little taste

This man wanders some would say but he’d argue there’s cause
Misunderstood at times because he wishes for a time that was

I heard him once, calling up from some lonesome ole riverbed
Why won’t someone come rescue me, so I can rest my weary head

I’d bring it up to him but he’d reason there’s no need
Another somewhere in anguish would deserve to be freed

Off he would go into a distant sunset off of any beaten path
Resembling confidence despite the likelihood of more wrath

Open spaces deter him not, rather light up the lines on his face
Moving along, there’s another to see, in motion his favorite place

Perhaps one day you will see this old man, his eyes slightly aglow
You might not notice, but it could be a visit from this man I know

What Did You Do Today?

It was you I came to see, I chose this to do with my day
In tears, I left, just how much do these troubles weigh

Tone, I can handle some, but I tripped over the string,
The slim grasp of matter from where the words you sling

Love is hard sometimes, but it’s always better than the dark
Where the evil dwell, taking aim to hit their mark

I can’t put myself in your skin, in kindness I visit each time
Are we that close to the end, there’s no telling what we’ll find

Looking for a sliver in the shredded mound left of hope
Measured, I smile, looking for my way along the tightrope

My eyes peer down, lit with love, and warmth inherited
Objective, careful, and with respect, I thought, words merited

Maybe God’s will and the plan in that mind are the same
I know for sure there’s no one across from you to blame

So, wearily I’ll lay my head to rest long after the sun has set
Thinking on you, my last thoughts long for your rest, you can bet

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Setting Fire to the Skies

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Setting sun colors the sky. Goffstown, NH. 1inawesomewonder ©.

Winter Workout

The other day I was out in the Kuncanowet Forest again. I can’t seem to get enough of those trails through the woods. It’s beautiful country for sure.

Despite the incredibly warm weather we have been getting here in NH during late January and into February, the trails out in the forest were very icy and slick. The temperature was 57° F when I started the hike, but only 41° F when I finished. The wind was howling for most of the time. I ended up covering a little more than 6 miles but it took me much longer than I had anticipated. So very many of steps had to be carefully planned. I held onto trees and rocks to keep myself upright. I did take one pretty good spill while ascending an ice-covered slope disguised as a nice soft hillside covered in leaves.

The back country out there is just beautiful. The old growth trees in some parts are just amazing. I look forward to getting back out there soon. I saw sign of deer, moose, bobcat, porcupine, coyote, beaver, otter, and numerous birds.

I took a couple of pictures with my phone along the hike.

There is some rugged terrain out in this forest.

There is some rugged terrain out in this forest. 1inawesomewonder (C)

This slope was a little bit sketchy to get by, with so much ice.

This slope was a little bit sketchy to get by, with so much ice. 1inawesomewonder (C)

One of many big ole trees in the forest.

One of many big ole trees in the forest. 1inawesomewonder (C)

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Gorham Pond from the other side. 1inawesomewonder (C)

I hiked with MapMyWalk! Distance: 6.03mi, time: 03:23:37, pace: 33:48min/mi, speed: 1.78mi/h.
http://mapmywalk.com/workout/1331377087