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GHS Hockey: Goffstown 4 at St. Thomas 3 (OT)

Dover Arena, Dover, NH.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017.

Goffstown at St. Thomas, 530pm.


Nick Nault uses every inch of his reach to control a puck at St. Thomas. (C) 1inawesomewonder 2017. (Photo by Charron)

Maybe all Goffstown’s away games will be decided in overtime. Early this evening, the Grizzlies traveled to Dover to play the Saints of St. Thomas. This was the fourth road game for Goffstown in NHIAA play, and it turned out to be the fourth time a road game has gone into overtime. As it would turn out, Dylan Hyers would sneak a shot just inside the far post to send Goffstown home victorious.


Noah Charron hits top speed at Dover Arena versus the Saints. (C) 1inawesomewonder 2017. (Photo by Charron)

After Monday’s game at Lebanon was postponed, for the second time this season, there was no school on Tuesday. There was no practice on Tuesday as a result of the weather. Sunday was also, a day off from hockey. Whether or not those factors contributed to the game today, I am not certain. But the Grizzlies did find themselves chasing the Saints at times on Wednesday evening.  St. Thomas moved the puck pretty well, and they had good team speed to go with it.


All eyes on the corner as Tyler Riendeau circles the ice. (C) 1inawesomewonder 2017. (Photo by Charron)

Goffstown scored first. Mickey Bridgeman threw a puck on net that got behind goaltender, Aidan McLoughlin, just 20 seconds into the opening shift of the game. Tyler “The Rocket Rondo” Riendeau got the lone assist on the goal. The rest of the period really belonged to St. Thomas though. The Saints outshot the Grizzlies 10-6 in the period, and carried the play. There was only one penalty called in the period and that was a tripping call on Nick Nault of Goffstown. Goffstown’s goalie, Curtis McKay, made his presence felt in the opening period with several saves, including a pair of gems on, St. Thomas’ best skater, Joe Grella at point-blank range. The opening period would end with the Grizzlies leading 1-0, but holding on tight to their lead.


Sebastian Beal creates some snow while handling the puck versus St. Thomas. (C) 1inawesomewonder 2017. (Photo by Charron)


Up close and personal, Colin Burke lets a shot go against. the Saints. (C) 1inawesomewonder 2017. (Photo by Charron)

St. Thomas scored first in the middle period, to tie the game at 1-1. The goal was scored by Christian Torr and assisted by Tucker Whitcomb, at 3:41. The second period’s complexion was drastically different from the opening period, as 10 penalties were called. Goffstown was whistled for 6 of them, and being shorthanded, or having to expend much energy to kill penalties, would certainly take its toll on the visitors. Goffstown was able to maneuver through a minefield of St. Thomas offensive pressure without being blown out. This was thanks to McKay in net. Curtis McKay made another pair of sensational saves while his teammates were trying to make it through a 5-on-3 disadvantage unscathed. McKay stood on his head, as they say, and the Grizzlies held the score at 1-1. Noah Charron and Nick Nault both had breakaway chances, in all alone, while shorthanded, but neither could get the puck past McLoughlin. Then with just 21 seconds left in the period, Sebastian Beal scored a goal for Goffstown when he poke checked a loose puck by a Saints defender, and got a shot past McLoughlin to give Goffstown a 2-1 lead that they would take to the final period. Brett Lassonde and Tyler Riendeau assisted on Beal’s goal. Through two periods, the home team led the shot battle 21-14.


The Grizzlies line up with Nick Nault, Noah Charron, and Colin Burke at Dover Arena. (C) 1inawesomewonder 2017. (Photo by Charron)

St. Thomas came out and imposed their will on the Grizzlies right from the opening faceoff of the final period. Goffstown had a very difficult time to start the period, with several shifts barely getting the puck out of their own end. Then before you could predict what was coming next, St. Thomas scored to tie the game, 2-2. Eric Keilty scored the tying goal for St. Thomas, with assists going to Brock Crowley and Joe Grella. Goffstown answered when defenseman, Jacob Noonan, took a nice shot from the right point, that was redirected en route to the net, and beat Aidan McLoughlin to give the Grizzlies a 3-2 lead. Maggie Fifield and Colby Gamache set up the play, with each of them getting an assist. Less than 90 seconds later, the speed of Joe Grella would burn the Grizzlies again.


Clearing the corner, Tyler Riendeau turns up the ice. (C) 1inawesomewonder 2017. (Photo by Charron)

With the defensive pairing of Dylan Hyers and Melanie Riendeau on the ice, the Saints would create a turnover in the neutral zone. Hyers would take out one onrushing St. Thomas forward, but Joe Grella would get behind the Grizzlies until Tyler Riendeau would catch Grella but haul him down on a hooking call that rewarded Grella with a penalty shot. After a brief explanation from the officials on the penalty call, Grella would approach Curtis McKay with the puck and his speed. McKay held his ground, but Grella had the better move and patience to put the puck into the net. The goal tied the game at 3-3, with 5:27 to play. Goffstown would have to kill another penalty before the period ended, which they did. Nick Nault was whistled for hooking penalty as regulation time expired with the game still tied.


This young man, Curtis McKay, was rock solid in the Grizzlies win at St. Thomas. (C) 1inawesomewonder 2017. (Photo by Charron)

And, we went to overtime again. The Grizzlies started the overtime shorthanded, and St. Thomas got a decent shot on net, but McKay was up to the task, making the save. St. Thomas defenseman, Will Kaspari, ended up being called for tripping at 0:35, which helped Goffstown kill their penalty as they played 4-on-4 for the remaining penalty time. Just about the time that Goffstown seemed to be getting their second wind, Max Lajeunesse used his speed to break a play along the left-wing boards and carry the puck to the offensive zone. With a little shift to the inside, Max got a shot away, that glanced off of McLoughlin’s goal stick. Noah Charron would retrieve the rebound behind the net and sling it around the boards, back to Dylan Hyers at the right point. Hyers let a softer wrist shot go, as opposed to winding up for the slapper, because there was traffic in front of the net, and in his shooting lane. The puck was low and quick, finding its way just inside the far post, and behind McLoughlin. Hyers got the game-winner, with assists to Charron and Lajeunesse. St. Thomas outshot the Grizzlies in the game, 29-22, but the Grizzlies improved their overtime record to 2-2 this season.

The Grizzlies will return home on Saturday night to play Kingswood at 7:45pm in Sullivan Arena on the campus of St. Anselm College.

 NHIAA Hockey

Updated records.

Goffstown (6-2) v. St. Thomas (4-5)

Dover Arena: January 25, 2017. 5:30PM Start:

St. Thomas: 0-1-2-0 = 3
Goffstown: 1-1-1-1 = 4

St. Thomas: 10-11-7-1 = 29
Goffstown: 6-8-6-2 = 22 

1st Goffstown at 0:20. Even. Mickey Bridgeman from Tyler Riendeau.

2nd St. Thomas at 3:41. Even. Christian Torr from Tucker Whitcomb.
2nd Goffstown at 14:39. Even. Sebastian Beal from Tyler Riendeau and Brett Lassonde.

3rd St. Thomas at 4:12. Even. Eric Keilty from Brock Crowley and Joe Grella.
3rd Goffstown at 8:24. Even. Jacob Noonan from Colby Gamache and Maggie Fifield.
3rd St. Thomas at 9:33. Penalty Shot. Joe Grella unassisted.

OT Goffstown at 3:09. Even. Dylan Hyers from Max Lajeunesse and Noah Charron.

St. Thomas: Aidan McLoughlin 18 of 22.

Goffstown: Curtis McKay 26 of 29.

The thoughts and opinions expressed here are those of the individual contributors, mostly mine, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the schools, coaches, players, or characters listed in any of these blog posts. Or, maybe they do, but you would have to ask them directly. Either way, “It’s a great day for hockey” ~ the late “Badger” Bob Johnson.


GHS Hockey: Goffstown 11 v. Winnacunnet 1

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

Saturday, January 21, 2017.

Goffstown v. Winnacunnet, 730pm.

The Grizzlies were happy to be home on Saturday night, and they came to play. (Photo by Charron). (c) 1inawesomewonder 2017.


Maggie Fifield, Brett Lassonde, and Gavin Macentee are down and ready for a faceoff versus Winnacunnet. (Photo by Charron). (c) 1inawesomewonder 2017.


Melanie Riendeau makes a play against the Warriors at St. A’s. (Photo by Charron). (c) 1inawesomewonder 2017.

Most athletic games are decided later in the contest than this one was. Winnacunnet came into Goffstown looking for their first win, with a first time goaltender. We here in Gtown Nation are familiar with that plight. Tonight, at Sullivan Arena on the campus of St. Anselm College, the Grizzlies were able to get 3 goals from their third line, all in under 10 minutes. Winnacunnet Warriors’ goaltender Evan Welch is a 3-sport athlete at Winnacunnet High School, playing wide receiver on the football team, and catching for the baseball team. Between the pipes, he is new to this position, having never played hockey before. Despite all that, his athleticism was evident. Welch would go on to make 25 saves in the game, which included an outright highway robbery of Mickey Bridgeman’s shot at point-blank range 8 minutes into the game. The play developed when the Warriors turned the puck over in the neutral zone.


Dylan Hyers congratulates Colby Gamache on one of his two goals against Winnacunnet. (Photo by Charron). (c) 1inawesomewonder 2017.

Max Lajeunesse, who would have a big night himself, grabbed the puck with speed. As Max entered the offensive zone, Bridgeman skated hard up the right side, looking for a feed from his linemate. He got just that, a perfect pass from Lajeunesse and in one fluid motion, let a shot go. Welch slid across, and somehow got his left pad over to kick the shot out. It was a magnificent save. Just about six minutes later, that combination would get together again, when Lajeunesse would score on a feed from Bridgeman. At that time, the Grizzlies led 4-0.


Theo Milanes equalled his uniform number in points, with a goal and two assists. (Photo by Charron). (c) 1inawesomewonder 2017.


Sebastian Beal carries the puck against Winnacunnet. (Photo by Charron). (c) 1inawesomewonder 2017.

Before that all unfolded, Colby Gamache scored a pair of goals, the first two of his high school career. The Grizzlies grabbed a 1-0 lead at 2:52 of the opening period when Gamache would score on a pass from Theo Milanes. A couple of shifts later, it was Gamache again from Milanes and Brett Branscum. Then, not to be left out, Milanes scored an unassisted goal for himself. After one period, Goffstown, who was happy to be home after a pair of OT losses on the road, led 4-0. The Grizzlies dominated play and held a 13-1 advantage in shots on goal.


Brett Lassonde gets into position during the Grizzlies win Saturday night. (Photo by Charron). (c) 1inawesomewonder 2017.

The second period was odd. The Grizzlies would score five times, but three of the goals were shorthanded. On top of that, the play would get physical, if not dirty. There would be seven penalties called in the period, with a 5-minute major being whistled for each side. Cooler heads would ultimately prevail, or at least grow disinterested.


Mickey Bridgeman handles the puck with linemates, Max Lajeunesse and Tyler Riendeau against Winnacunnet. (Photo by Charron). (c) 1inawesomewonder 2017.

Goffstown came out flying in the second period and levied a 17-shot barrage at the Winnacunnet net. At 5:22 of the period, Curtis McKay would come out of the net for Goffstown after facing just 2 shots. Kyle LaSella was inserted into the game and a minute later was welcomed by a total defensive breakdown that allowed Ben Carboni and Tanner Holt to break in all alone. Carboni would score the Warrior goal with Holt getting the assist. LaSella would be perfect from there, saving all 7 of the remaining shots he faced, including some really nice saves on point-blank attempts.


Griffin Cook and Gavin Macentee look for some offense in their home win against the Warriors. (Photo by Charron). (c) 1inawesomewonder 2017.


Colby Gamache slides a pass over to Maggie Fifield during second period action at Sullivan Arena. (Photo by Charron). (c) 1inawesomewonder 2017.

As for the scoring, the Grizzlies got unassisted, shorthanded goals, from Noah Charron and Max Lajeunesse just 19 seconds apart. After Winnacunnet scored, cutting the lead to 6-1, Brett Branscum got back on the board for the home team. On a pretty play involving the whole line, Colby Gamache and Maggie Fifield assisted on Branscum’s 4th goal of the season. Defenseman Colin Burke scored his second goal of the season, shorthanded, when Sebastian Beal disrupted the Warriors’ break out, and fed a pass back to Burke. Burke stepped around a defender and let a shot go that beat Welch in net, giving the Grizzlies an 8-1 lead. Mickey Bridgeman would cap off the period with an unassisted goal himself, his 5th goal of the season.


Noah Charron scores a shorthanded goal for the Grizzlies. (Photo by Charron). (c) 1inawesomewonder 2017.

With the lead as big as it was, the third period was running time, which is when the game clock is not stopped even when the whistle blows. Goffstown spent most of the period trying to protect their net and make a lot of passes to each other. Before the period was done, the Grizzlies would get two more goals


Stephen Provencher makes a play in the offensive zone for the Grizzlies. (Photo by Charron). (c) 1inawesomewonder 2017.

though. First, Sebastian Beal won an offensive zone faceoff and passed the puck back to the left point, to Jacob Noonan. Noonan, in one quick motion, made a tape-to-tape pass to Max Lajeunesse, now playing defense, on the right point. The shot from Lajeunesse was quick and true, finding the back of the net for his third goal of the game, and 6th goal of the season. Assists went to Beal and Noonan. With only a few seconds remaining, Nick Nault scored a goal from Maggie Fifield to give Goffstown the final count of 11-1. The goal was Nault’s sixth goal in the last 4 games. Goffstown finished the game with 36 shots on goal, while holding the Warriors to just 10.


Gavin Macentee lines up for a faceoff against the Warriors. (Photo by Charron). (c) 1inawesomewonder 2017.


Kyle LaSella made seven saves en route a home win on Saturday night. (Photo by Charron). (c) 1inawesomewonder 2017.

Goffstown will take their 5-2 record, in NHIAA League play, on the road to James W. Campion III Rink when they play Lebanon-Stevens (5-7 overall, 4-6 in NHIAA play) on Monday evening at 6:50pm. Lebanon-Stevens is coming off of a 5-3 loss to Portsmouth-Newmarket on Saturday. But then, there is this…



Colin Burke gets ready to fire a shot in Goffstown’s victory. (Photo by Charron). (c) 1inawesomewonder 2017.


Tyler Riendeau comes to a screeching halt at St. A’s. (Photo by Charron). (c) 1inawesomewonder 2017.

NHIAA Hockey
Updated records.
Goffstown (5-2) v. Winnacunnet (0-7)
Sullivan Arena, St. A’s: January 21, 2017. 7:30PM Start:

Winnacunnet 0-1-0 = 1
Goffstown 4-5-2= 11


Brett Lassonde makes a series of moves against Evan Welch in net for the Warriors. (Photo by Charron). (c) 1inawesomewonder 2017.


Winnacunnet 1-5-4= 10
Goffstown 13-17-6= 36 

1st Goffstown at 2:52. Even. Colby Gamache from Theo Milanes.
1st Goffstown at 6:18. Even. Colby Gamache from Brett Branscum and Theo Milanes.
1st Goffstown at 9:28. Even. Theo Milanes unassisted.
1st Goffstown at 14:11. 4on4. Max Lajeunesse from Mickey Bridgeman.

2nd Goffstown at 1:42. SHG. Noah Charron unassisted.
2nd Goffstown at 2:01. SHG. Max Lajeunesse unassisted.
2nd Winnacunnet at 6:29. Even. Ben Carboni from Tanner Holt.
2nd Goffstown at 7:10. Even. Brett Branscum from Colby Gamache and Maggie Fifield.
2nd Goffstown at 8:23. SHG. Colin Burke from Sebastian Beal.
2nd Goffstown at 10:44. Even. Mickey Bridgeman unassisted.

3rd Goffstown at 13:39. Even. Max Lajeunesse from Jacob Noonan and Sebastian Beal.
3rd Goffstown at 14:53. Even. Nick Nault from Maggie Fifield.

Winnacunnet: Evan Welch 25 of 36.
Goffstown: Curtis McKay 2 of 2.
Goffstown: Kyle LaSella 7 of 8.

max nickThe thoughts and opinions expressed here are those of the individual contributors, mostly mine, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the schools, coaches, players, or characters listed in any of these blog posts. Or, maybe they do, but you would have to ask them directly. Either way, “It’s a great day for hockey” ~ the late “Badger” Bob Johnson.

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Conway Arena, Nashua, NH.

Monday, January 16, 2017.

Goffstown @ Nashua South-Pelham, 250pm.

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Dover Arena, Dover, NH.

Saturday, January 14, 2017.

Goffstown @ Dover, 215pm.

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

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Goffstown v. Nashua North – Souhegan, 410pm.

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

January 4, 2017.

Goffstown v. Spaulding, 730pm.

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JFK Coliseum, Manchester, NH. December 28, 2016.

Goffstown @ Memorial, 4pm.

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