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Everett Arena, Concord, NH.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017.
Goffstown v. Bow, 730pm.
Sullivan Arena, Goffstown, NH.
Monday, January 30, 2017.
Goffstown v. Oyster River, 730pm.
Saturday, February 20, 2016. 830pm @ Cyclones Arena, Hudson, NH – Goffstown @ Hollis-Brookline-Derryfield.
By the time last night’s game had ended and I got home to start compiling all of this, a new day had started. So, last night Goffstown traveled to Hudson to play the team composed of players from Hollis-Brookline-Derryfield (HBD or Warriors from here on in). The Warriors entered play with an 0-13 record in Division II hockey. They had not come closer to winning a game (in score) than a 6-3 loss in their first game of the season, against Timberlane. Last night though, the team from HBD played well enough to make things difficult for the visiting Grizzlies from Goffstown. The final score would read, Goffstown 5, HBD 4. Perhaps the game wasn’t as close as the score indicated, but then again, maybe it was.
The Grizzlies having turned the calendar to February, were 2-1 on the month entering the game, suffering just the disappointing loss at the hands of Oyster River. Goffstown did pound the Warriors net for 58 shots on goal before this one was done, but Patrick MacDonald was, at times, nearly super human, keeping HBD in this game. The Warriors never trailed by more than 2 goals in the contest, and MacDonald, or the posts on either side of him, turned away most of the pucks fired at him.
I can’t mention the first goal of the game without getting into one part of the game that was WAY TOO noticeable. Officiating. HBD scored first, or so it was called on the ice. The official blew his whistle and called a goal on a shot that all of the players on the ice thought had rung off of the corner of the crossbar and post, and bounced out. Everyone I heard, standing behind that net agreed too. The puck did not go in. The official said he heard a “double ping” which I believe is true, but what about the visual evidence. I heard a lot of things during the game too, but I gave more credence to what I saw in the game to put this together. Either way, HBD led 1-0. To finish the thought and move on, I will share this. When the officials, Mark and Jeff, finally were leaving the ice as they skated some sort of victory skate as if they were the stars of some ice dancing show, they were demonstrative in their gestures and professional immaturity perhaps a reflection of how thin their skin is, and just how much public opinion entered into the game they called. As I heard one official ask a fan at the end of the game, “you wanted me to call that there”? Well, to answer the question that was left unanswered as the fan had no interest in engaging an on ice official through the glass above the boards (which begs to reason why the official was even a part of any conversation outside the ice surface), yes please call it. Why call it with 2 seconds left in the game? Well that should be obvious, because it was a penalty. It happened. You saw it. I would assume had it been a “double ping” with 2 seconds left in the game, you would have called it. Then again, I don’t know what your agenda called for, I didn’t see the playlist. Finally, when both coaches leave the ice shaking their heads at the officiating, and then one coach is guarding the door back into the rink to make sure no parents/fans went after the referees, I am pretty sure the officiating was out of line. Way out of line.
Goffstown earned three power play opportunities in the first period, not so astonishingly though, they would not get any more over the final 31 minutes of play. The Grizzlies’ faithful have been whispering, or maybe even murmuring about the lack of production on the power play in recent games, as fans do. Last night though, Goffstown struck for a pair of power play goals, helping them to a 3-1 lead after one period. First, it was Dylan Hyers scoring on a shot as he fell, spinning, to the ice. Hyers goal came on the power play, on a rebound, with assists going to Nick Nault and Sam Greenwood. Tie score, 1-1, with 3:25 left in the period. Then Noah Charron ripped a hard shot into the back of the net on a beautiful set up from Greenwood, also on the power play, with 43.3 ticks left in the first period. Stephen Provencher won a face-off over to line mate Sam Greenwood who fed Tyler Riendeau who was flying through the middle of the ice to score with just 5.8 seconds left in the period, giving Goffstown a 3-1 lead after one period. The Grizzlies outshot the Warriors 18-7 in the period.
The second period started with more shots from Goffstown, but nothing to show for it. Then HBD scored their second goal of the game. The first goal had been credited to Michael Chiasson, unassisted. The second goal was scored by Sam Poisson who broke in behind the Grizzlies defense and scored on Colin Holt in net. Poisson would use his speed and quickness to get behind defenders all night. Tyler Riendeau would make a nice rush up the ice, splitting defenders, and practically stick-handle the puck into the net with 9:29 to play in the middle stanza, giving the Grizzlies a 4-2 lead. Riendeau was set up beautifully by Nick Nault and Sebastian Beal as they moved the puck crisply and cleanly to Riendeau on the fly. Minutes later, Dylan Hyers would let a blistering shot go that beat everybody on the ice, but rang directly off of the post and out. No goal, single ping. The Grizzlies would amass 21 shots on goal in the period, to just 8 for HBD, but both teams would score just once. The period ended with Goffstown holding a 4-2 lead.
Michael Chiasson scored again just 16 seconds into the third period to pull the Warriors within a goal at 4-3. The goal was set up by Sam Poisson and Alec MacEchen, although numerous eye witnesses thought the puck may have been directed into the net by a Warrior glove. Noah Charron temporarily rescued the hearts from the Grizzlies fans’ throats when he and his line-mates, Sam Greenwood and Max Lajeunesse combined for a total jailbreak type of goal. All three forwards exploded through the HBD defense to set up a great shot for Lajeunesse, but MacDonald (who saved everything but Jeb Bush’s campaign last night) made the save. Charron rifled a shot off of the rebound, also turned away by MacDonald, before finally sliding another rebound attempt between the pads of the goaltender, giving Goffstown a 5-3 lead. Tyler Riendeau and Sebastian Beal would both ring shots off of the post, but the score stayed at 5-3 for more than 13 minutes.
Goffstown would be called for a couple of penalties down the stretch, the second of which came with 1:01 to play. Noah Charron was whistled for a cross check when he retaliated to receiving a high stick, or punch, if you will, to the head that nearly dropped him. The retaliation was kind of a double ping I guess so it was called. Six seconds later, Sam Poisson scored on the power play, from MacEachen. It was a 6-on-4 power play goal, as MacDonald had been pulled following the penalty call and a timeout called by the Warriors. After the goal, MacDonald was inserted back into the net, and the final 55 seconds did see the Warriors get a good look at a shot or two on Holt, but he and the defense held on to preserve the 5-4 victory on the road for the Grizzlies. Again, Goffstown pounded the net with 19 shots, to 10 for the Warriors, but HBD won the period 2-1 on the scoreboard. Final score: Goffstown 5, HBD 4. The win improved the Grizzlies record to 8-6 on the season.
The Grizzlies travel to West Lebanon on Wednesday night to play at James W. Campion III Rink, at 6:00 pm, versus Lebanon.
1st 8:27 HB Michael Chiasson unassisted.
1st 3:25 G PP Dylan Hyers (3) from Nick Nault (5) and Sam Greenwood (6).
1st 0:43.3 G PP Noah Charron (12) from Sam Greenwood (7).
1st 0:05.8 G Tyler Riendeau (6) from Sam Greenwood (8) and Stephen Provencher (2).
2nd 9:45 HB Sam Poisson unassisted.
2nd 9:29 G Tyler Riendeau (7) from Sebastian Beal (8) and Nick Nault (6).
3rd 14:44 HB Michael Chiasson from Sam Poisson and Alec MacEachen.
3rd 14:08 G Noah Charron (13) from Max Lajeunesse (5) and Sam Greenwood (9).
3rd 0:55.2 HB PP (6-on-4) Sam Poisson from Alec MacEachen.
Hollis-Brookline: Patrick MacDonald 53 of 58 (Wow!)
Goffstown: Colin Holt 21 of 25
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. Maybe I am good at picking up on these things, and maybe I am not. I guess you can decide. Either way, “It’s a great day for hockey” ~ the late “Badger” Bob Johnson.
Thursday, February 18, 2016. 730pm @ Sullivan Arena, Goffstown, NH – Goffstown vs. Oyster River.
Tonight, the Grizzlies from Goffstown hosted the Bobcats from Oyster River in a Division II hockey game, with the chances to host a tournament game starting to take shape, on the line. For a couple of teams with nicknames that embody skilled hunters, predators, if you will, this game didn’t have that kind of bite. Oyster River would skate away with a 2-1 victory on the road, and the Grizzlies just couldn’t do anything about it.
Back on January 18th, Goffstown lost at Oyster River, 2-1. One month later, both teams played better, but the score, the style, and the results were mostly the same. If you are playing this Oyster River team you are going to face a team that plays responsible, layered defense, and they love to center the puck to the area between the circles from below the goal line. Tonight was no different.
The first two periods were scoreless, with each team registering one penalty, and nine shots on goal. There were very few stoppages in play, as both teams dumped, chased, pressed, and clogged up the areas where offensive hockey likes to be played. An example of the games’ flow, was evident right from the get-go, when the first whistle of the game wasn’t blown until 6:56 into the game. There were four whistles in the entire opening period.
So, Goffstown, playing at home, trying to win their third game in a row against teams with a winning record, against a team that had already beat them, entered the final period locked in a scoreless tie. You’d think they would come out with some jump. Some “not in my house” swagger. Some, “we are better than you, and here’s how that looks”. But, um. No. That didn’t happen.
Sam Greenwood was whistled for a slashing penalty that was more of a trip, but probably wasn’t that either. Regardless, the Bobcats went on the power play, just 2:18 into the third. Less than a minute later, they scored when Tyler Harvey scored from where? You guessed it, between the circles, from Anson Thibeault and Michael Donovan. Then, 16 seconds later, Dylan O’Connell would score the game winner from Sam Dreher. There was still 11:29 to play in the game, but all of a sudden this come from two-goals-down task seemed insurmountable.
Then, the Grizzlies did get a power play of their own, and it took only six seconds to make that pay off. Noah Charron rifled a shot into the back of the net with assists going to Sam Greenwood and Nick Nault. There was life. Goffstown would get two more power plays in the period, but would only hit the post with a Max Lajeunesse shot and not be able to cash in and tie the game. Earlier in the game, during a second period power play, Nick Nault would ring a shot off of the crossbar, but the puck would bounce high into the air and land harmlessly away from any scoring area.
Goffstown pulled Colin Holt, 12 of 14 saves on the night, for the final 1:23 of the game for the extra attacker, but everything they threw at the net was saved, blocked, or offline. Final score, Oyster River 2 and Goffstown 1. The Bobcats improved to 9-6 on the season, while Goffstown dropped to 7-6.
The Grizzlies travel to Hudson on Saturday night to play a game in the Central Time Zone, at 8:30 pm Eastern Time, versus Hollis-Brookline.
Oyster River 0-0-2=2
Oyster River 5-4-5=14
3rd 11:45 PP Oyster River: Tyler Harvey from Anson Thibault and Michael Donovan
3rd 11:29 Oyster River: Dylan O’Connell from Sam Dreher
3rd 9:53 PP Goffstown: Noah Charron from Sam Greenwood and Nick Nault
Oyster River: Liam McNamara 15 of 16
Goffstown: Colin Holt 12 of 14
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.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016. 540pm @ ICEnter, Salem, NH – Goffstown @ Windham.
I have to say that things didn’t look to good on paper coming into tonight’s road game for the Grizzlie Hockey team. I mean, Goffstown had just lost back-to-back games by the score of 2-1 in each. They were also headed to play the 6-2 Windham Jaguars. The Jaguars hadn’t allowed a single goal since before Christmas, and had won five straight games in that span. Then again, this is why they play the games.
As I get into the game itself, I will say that this Windham team is a good team. They appear to be well coached. They skate well as a team. They move the puck quickly, especially in the offensive end. They are small, but aggressive. They are chippy, and that fine line between aggression and chippy play (playing like there’s no puck on the ice, and just running people) really cost the Jaguars before this game was over.
First though, the Windham Jaguars jumped out to a 2-0 lead over Goffstown in the first period. There were not a lot of shots in the period, in fact only 8 of them in total (Windham 5 and Goffstown 3), but Windham made theirs count. Windham scored on their second and fourth shots of the period. First, Bryce Blanchard scored on a rebound off of, Grizzlie goalie Colin Holt. The assist went to Jack Crowley. Almost immediately, actually just 17 seconds later, Goffstown had a golden chance to tie the game. Max Lajeunesse and Sam Greenwood worked a near perfect 2-on-1 break when they exchanged a few passes coming up the ice. The passes and speed led to Greenwood coming down the left wing and letting a shot go toward Jaguar goalie, Max Daly. Greenwood’s shot sailed high, over the net, from point blank range, but the Grizzlies showed they had some get up and go. Then the Jaguars closed out the period with a goal from Domenic Bruzzese, with the assist going to Blanchard. The Grizzlies trailed 2-0, the Jaguars were flying, with Blanchard and Mike Tardif running at every Grizzlie they could, puck, or no puck.
In the second period something started to change, but not in a way you might think. The Jaguars smelled blood. They pounded the offensive zone with speed, passing, and setting each other up for good looks at the net. Right off the bat, Sam Greenwood was called for elbowing. Just what the Grizzlies needed, trailing 2-0, and just 33 seconds into the period, shorthanded. Coming to the rescue just in time, kind of, the penalty kill for Goffstown. Mike Fortin, Max Lajeunesse, Nick Nault, Sebastian Beal, and Noah Charron all stood out in the killing of the penalty. Bryce Blanchard took an interference penalty when he hit a Grizzlie player along the boards while the puck was somewhere out by the center ice faceoff dot. Goffstown got nothing going on the power play and the Jaguars even started a beautiful 2-on-1 of their own, before Mike Fortin raced back to get a stick on the puck as it was shot towards the net and deflected it harmlessly away. At one point, the Jaguars took five, yes I counted them all, shots from point blank range at Colin Holt. Holt saved all five shots before finally being able to tie up the puck for a faceoff. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, Noah Charron turned nothing into something and scored a goal for the Grizzlies with 3:32 to play in the second period. With about a minute left to play, a rather scary play unfolded when the Jaguars ripped a slapshot from the point and the puck rose quickly, striking teammate, Nolan Cunningham in the side of the helmet. Cunningham was shaken but skated off under his own power; he would return. After two periods, the Grizzlies trailed 2-1 on the scoreboard while the Jaguars held a 16-8 lead in shots on goal. Holt made 11 saves on 11 shots in the period and appeared to get better with the larger workload.
The third period started with three penalties being called in the first 2:13. Two of the penalties were on Windham, and Goffstown had a brief 5-on-3 power play before Nick Nault was whistled for cross checking. Shortly thereafter, the Jaguars got one player back, but Noah Charron struck again during the 4-on-4 play. Charron scored after being set up by Dylan Hyers. Score tied 2-2. The Grizzlies had some confidence, they were getting shots and really moving their feet for the first time in a while. Skating and creating caused the Jaguars to be somewhat exposed and more penalties were a direct result. Max Lajeunesse made a quick deke and move to the corner that resulted in Mike Tardif getting called for his second straight elbowing call, as he went in elbows-high again. Later it was Bryce Blanchard getting called for an obvious trip when a Grizzlie skater beat him to open space. Goffstown would not score again, but the age-old question of “which came first” begged to be asked. Did the penalties help the Grizzlies, or did the Grizzlies getting shots and moving their feet, create the penalties? Yes, and yes, certainly some of both. The Jaguars held strong and they capitalized on another Goffstown mistake. The Grizzlies had the puck at their offensive blue line, and instead of playing the puck cleanly or getting it deep into the zone, the “too many skaters in a tight area” resulted in the puck being taken by Brandon Madigan. Madigan, and then, Nolan Cunningham, quickly got the puck to Danny Donovan essentially creating a 2-on-nothing breakaway. Holt braced for the onslaught but Donovan was able to score the game-winning goal with 3:57 left to play, on only their second shot of the period. Moments later Goffstown made a nice defensive play in their own end to get the puck to Tyler Riendeau. Riendeau started up the left wing but then threw the puck to the neutral zone, right to a Windham defenseman. At the same time, the Grizzlies opted for a line change. This resulted in a very quick scoring chance for the Jaguars. Fortunately for the Grizzlies, Colin Holt was ready and made the save on a lightning quick one-timer from the slot. Goffstown did call a timeout and tried to get Holt to the bench for the extra attacker. However, the Grizzlies iced the puck twice in the last 52 seconds and couldn’t get any kind of attack going. The Windham Jaguars held on for the 3-2 win, their sixth straight win. Goffstown held a 12-5 shot advantage in the period, thanks to the power play and showing a little bit of grit and determination to be better as a team. For the game, the Jaguars outshot Goffstown 21-20.
The Grizzlies return to home ice at Sullivan Arena on Sunday afternoon to play the reigning Division III State Champions, and the now 7-2, Belmont-Gilford team. The game is slated to start at 3:30pm.