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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