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GHS Hockey: Goffstown 5 v. Belmont-Gilford 3

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

Tuesday, February 14, 2017.

Goffstown v. Belmont-Gilford, 700pm.

Margin: a gap, an amount by which a thing is won, or falls short. The margin tonight, I thought was minimal, when looking at the full 45 minutes of play. Belmont-Gilford has played in the last two Division III State Championship games, winning in 2015. This year, they lost the first game of their season, back in mid-December, and they haven’t lost since. They are poised to make another deep run in the D-III Tournament. Last season, the Grizzlies hosted the Belmont-Gilford Bulldogs in an epic, offensive display of hockey, with Goffstown winning 7-6. Tonight, the Grizzlies managed to beat the Bulldogs 5-3, despite being outplayed for a long stretch, or two, during the game.


Tyler “The Rocket” Riendeau makes a quick break up ice. (C) 1inawesomewonder. (Photo by Charron)


Colby Gamache turns up ice against B-G. (C) 1inawesomewonder. (Photo by Charron)


Brett Branscum and a bouncing puck. (C) 1inawesomewonder. (Photo by Charron)

The home team from Goffstown hadn’t been on the ice together since Friday morning at 5:30am, thanks to mother nature. Despite the unexpected break in the rhythm of ice time, the Grizzlies came out of the gate skating, and playing well. They moved the puck fairly well, and  created some good chances. Goffstown could not sustain much pressure though. They were able to capitalize when they did get chances, scoring twice on just 6 shots in the opening period. Goffstown laid the lumber in the hitting department as well, making it tough for the visiting Bulldogs to get much going offensively. Goffstown challenged every shot, and when one did get through, Kyle LaSella was there to make the save, as he did on all 6 shots he faced in the period.

Noah Charron got the Grizzlies on the board first with an even-strength goal that was set up by line-mates, Brett Branscum and Sebastian Beal. Then, Colin Burke gave Goffstown a 2-0 lead just 21 seconds later, at 7:58. Burke buried a shot that was set up by Colby Gamache. The Grizzlies wouldn’t get much more offense out of the first period, and a small shift in play had started. The Grizzlies would take two penalties before the end of the period, when Dylan Hyers and Sebastian Beal were whistled at 12:52 and 14:14, respectively. This pair of penalties gave the Bulldogs a brief 5-on-3 advantage, and a power play that carried into the next period. The period ended with Goffstown leading 2-0, despite the shots on goal being even at 6-6.


The Grizzlies celebrate Colin Burke’s goal against the Bulldogs. Assist to Colby Gamache. (C) 1inawesomewonder. (Photo by Charron)


Mickey Bridgeman gives chase to Ethan Becker of Belmont-Gilford. (C) 1inawesomewonder. (Photo by Charron)


The Grizzlies make a line change behind Sebastian Beal, getting the puck deep into the Bulldogs defensive zone. (C) 1inawesomewonder. (Photo by Charron)

The second period started with Belmont-Gilford (B-G) turning up the intensity. At 1:10 of the period, one of the Bulldogs forwards, rang a shot, loudly, off of the goal post behind Kyle LaSella. Then, at 5:01 of the period, the Bulldogs used their speed and quick puck movement to create a 3-on-2 headed up ice. Thanks to a hustling, back-checking, Tyler Riendeau, the play was broken up at the last possible second, right in front of LaSella. Dylan Hyers, was called for another interference penalty, giving B-G their 3rd power-play in less than half a period of play. Just when the tide appeared turned, the Grizzlies turned things around. On a single, short-handed rush up ice, Goffstown drew a tripping penalty and a slashing penalty before creating a shot on goal at 6:35 of the period. It took only 14 seconds for the Grizzlies to score a power-play goal when Noah Charron scored his second goal of the game with the assist going to Colin Burke. Goffstown led 3-0. Less than two minutes later, on a very high energy play by Goffstown, Tyler Riendeau scored a goal set up by Noah Charron at 8:45. Goffstown led 4-0, and it looked like this game might get away. Then again, this Belmont-Gilford team didn’t get to back to back title games without putting up a fight.


‘Mighty’ Maggie Fifield fires a shot on goal against Belmont-Gilford. (C) 1inawesomewonder. (Photo by Charron)


When you’re all grown up, this is called adversity. Tonight, Max Lajeunesse was fighting through a hooking penalty. (C) 1inawesomewonder. (Photo by Charron)


Noah Charron and Hunter Dupuis battle for position at Sullivan Arena. Both players scored a pair of goals in the Goffstown victory. (C) 1inawesomewonder. (Photo by Charron)

Over the next 12 plus minutes the Bulldogs would almost completely shut the Grizzlies down. B-G got 8 of the next 10 shots on goal, scored a power-play goal, and added an even-strength goal. Goffstown has been subject to what I call ‘chasing the hit’ at times this year. This is when the physical part of the game has been working, or the defensive core primarily, are trying to set a physical tone, and start to lean, lunge, or take straight lines to set up a hit. The problem I have seen is that, the fast forward lines (Bow, Keene, Nashua South, and Belmont-Gilford) make Goffstown pay as their intensity increases. Then what was once difficult to play against, turns into hits that are no longer there because the opponent is flying up and down the ice. This, to me, is when solid positional team defense would be better served. I love big hitting and being difficult to play against, but it’s also nice to combat speed and skill by always being in the right spot to defend. Hits present themselves as a result of moving your feet first.


Noah Charron circles the net for the Grizzlies. (C) 1inawesomewonder. (Photo by Charron)


Brett Lassonde plays the puck against B-G, he was a +2 on the night. (C) 1inawesomewonder. (Photo by Charron)

Contributing to the B-G domination over this 12+ minute span, Mickey Bridgeman was whistled for an elbowing penalty at 15:00 of the second period.

So, Goffstown had to open the final period with a 4-0 lead, and also kill a penalty. Then, with just 2 seconds left to work through, Hunter Dupuis scored on the power-play after being set up by Harrison Parent, at 1:58. 4-1 Goffstown. B-G cut into the lead again, less than two minutes later. The goal was controversial to say the least.


‘The Rocket’ lines up for a faceoff against Nate Shirley from B-G. (C) 1inawesomewonder. (Photo by Charron)

James Buckley took a pass from Nate Shirley and ripped a shot that beat Kyle LaSella but appeared to glance off of the crossbar and into the opposite corner. The official that was trailing the play, pointed, and called a goal immediately. So, even though there were several folks on the ice, and nearby, that thought the shot hit the bar and never entered the net, the play was called a good goal at 3:41. Now the score was 4-2, and Goffstown was not getting any offense.


Noah Charron mixes it up with Harrison Parent, in front of Sebastian Beal and Kyle LaSella. (C) 1inawesomewonder. (Photo by Charron)

The Bulldogs had turned up their speed, and they were even hitting some. Kyle LaSella was pressed into more and more action. At 10:57 of the period, LaSella made a remarkable left pad, more like a left toe, save on high-flying Hunter Dupuis. Dupuis beat two Grizzlies’ defensemen who were not fast enough to pin down the speedy forward, and raced to the net for his grade A scoring chance, only to be denied by LaSella. Just a dozen seconds after calling their timeout, B-G scored again, at 13:51, to cut the Grizzlies lead to a single goal. This time Dupuis did get the goal, his second of the night, on a nice set up from Ethan Becker. 69 seconds to play, and the Grizzlies 4-0 lead was now just a bad bounce from being no lead at all.


Max ‘The Missile’ Lajeunesse looks for open ice against the Bulldogs. (C) 1inawesomewonder. (Photo by Charron)


Tyler Riendeau and Nate Shirley, a pair of chipper lads getting their hockey on. (C) 1inawesomewonder. (Photo by Charron)

The Bulldogs pulled goaltender, Bailey Defosie, who had made 11 consecutive saves, for the extra attacker, with 29 seconds to play in the game. After some scary moments for Goffstown, Nick Nault picked off the puck at center ice, and released a quick shot the hit both posts before finding a home in the back of the net. Nault’s goal came at 14:56, and gave the Grizzlies a 5-3 victory.

Belmont-Gilford outshot Goffstown 24-21 in the game, and came storming back to almost completely eliminate a 4-goal deficit.


Jacob Noonan looks to clear the zone against Harrison Parent and the Bulldogs, while Kyle LaSella and Colin Burke look on. (C) 1inawesomewonder. (Photo by Charron)

That’s what good teams do, they battle. That’s also what Goffstown did, they battled. They did what they had to do, to get the win. The Grizzlies improved to 9-5 on the season, while Belmont-Gilford dropped to 12-2-1, losing for the first time in two months.

Goffstown takes their game to Skate 3 in Tyngsboro, MA tomorrow (Wednesday) night when they play the Alvirne Broncos at 5:50pm.

NHIAA Hockey

Updated records.

Goffstown (9-5) v. Belmont-Gilford (Div III: 12-2-1)

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

February 14, 2017. 7:00PM Start:


Sticks, angles, edges, slick ice, a puck, and a pair of captains. Nick Nault and Hunter Dupuis give their all in Goffstown’s 5-3 win. (C) 1inawesomewonder. (Photo by Charron)


Belmont-Gilford: 0-0-3 = 3
Goffstown: 2-2-1 = 5

Belmont-Gilford: 6-7-11 = 24

Goffstown: 6-6-9 = 21


Goffstown greets Kyle LaSella in net, after earning a 5-3 victory over D-III powerhouse, Belmont-Gilford. (C) 1inawesomewonder. (Photo by Charron)


1st Goffstown at 7:37. Even. Noah Charron from Brett Branscum and Sebastian Beal.
1st Goffstown at 7:58. Even. Colin Burke from Colby Gamache.

2nd Goffstown at 6:49. PPG. Noah Charron from Colin Burke.
2nd Goffstown at 8:45. Even. Tyler Riendeau from Noah Charron.

3rd B-G at 1:58. PPG. Hunter Dupuis from Harrison Parent.
3rd B-G at 3:41. Even. James Buckley from Nate Shirley.
3rd B-G at 13:51. Even. Hunter Dupuis from Ethan Becker.

3rd Goffstown at 14:56. Empty Net. Nick Nault unassisted.

Goffstown Power play: 1 for 2.

Belmont-Gilford Power play: 1 for 4.

Belmont-Gilford: Bailey Defosie 16 of 20.

Goffstown: Kyle LaSella 21 of 24.

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 3 v. Keene 8

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

Wednesday, February 8, 2017.

Goffstown v. Keene, 730pm.

Misery and gloom are associated with distress and anxiety. And these emotions could have played major roles in tonight’s home game against the undefeated Keene Blackbirds. Especially when Keene scored six unanswered goals over a span of  17 minutes. But the Grizzlies kept skating. They kept competing. They kept getting scoring chances. The final score was 8-3 in favor of the Blackbirds, who improved to 13-0 on the season. Goffstown did battle, and they did get some great chances to score. Myles Ditkoff was solid in net for the visiting Keene squad, making 26 saves on 29 shots. Keene had only allowed as many as 2 goals in a single game, just once this season. Tonight, they allowed 3 goals to the Grizzlies. Continue reading

GHS Hockey: Goffstown 3 vs. Timberlane 1

Thursday, December 22, 2016. 730pm @ Sullivan Arena, Goffstown, NH – Goffstown v. Timberlane

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Grizzlies Hockey ~ It’s Quarter-Final Time!

It’s Tournament Time, and the Grizzlies have advanced to the NHIAA Division II Ice Hockey Quarter-Finals! The Grizzlies travel to West Side Arena in Manchester, NH to take on the #2 seed, Merrimack Tomahawks. The puck drops at 4pm tomorrow, Saturday, March 12th at West Side Arena. For you Grizzlies’ fans, come out and support your #7 seed, Goffstown Grizzlies.

Before I get into this brief preview, full of stats and numbers that often times don’t matter once the puck drops, I have one other thing that does matter, and I have wanted to cover this for quite some time. Recently, a video has made its way around cyberspace providing perfect segway to get this teaching moment off of my chest.

I have discussed this with my kids long before this video came around, but I encourage any parent or coach to share this with their kids or their players, early, and often if needed. This is about honor and respect. It’s about our flag, our anthem, our country. My kids will tell you that my favorite song is our National Anthem (it’s true). So, I share this video. Just click on the link and take the 4+ minutes required to watch it. Share it and make sure this generation understands what it all stands for. It drives me crazy when I see players, coaches, or anyone else who can’t stand up straight and quit being a distraction or being distracted long enough to honor our country. Again, this isn’t about views or sides, but about honor and respect; two things that this world could use a lot more of. Thanks.

The teams line up for the National Anthem. (c) 1inawesomewonder (Photo by Charron)

The teams line up for the National Anthem. (c) 1inawesomewonder (Photo by Fortin/Charron)

Now, on to tomorrow’s matchup. Back on January 6th, Merrimack beat Goffstown 2-0 at Sullivan Arena. It was the first game for both teams after the Christmas break, and a lot has happened since then. After the win on January 6th, Merrimack would lose 3 games in the next 5 days. They haven’t lost since. The Tomahawks finished the season with a 13-3-2 record, and haven’t lost since January 13th (10-0-2 in the streak).

Goffstown has a style all their own. The Grizzlies are the lowest scoring team of the 10 teams that qualified for the Tournament. Goffstown has struggled to find the net at times, both getting pucks to the net, and getting pucks into the net. But man, do they compete?!?! They just won’t go away. It’s a beautiful thing.

When the Grizzlies tangled with the Tomahawks in early January, both teams had 21 shots on goal. The Grizzlies trailed 1-0 for most of the game, right up until Merrimack scored an empty net goal with 20 seconds left in regulation. Obviously, no team is any hotter than the white-hot Tomahawks. Then again, they haven’t played a meaningful game since Feb. 25th. By tomorrow, that will be 16 days since they last played. The Grizzlies are now 6-2-1 in their last 9 outings and have started to generate some momentum themselves. Anything can happen as we all know, and tomorrow we will find out if any of these numbers mean a thing.

Grizzlies line up during pre-game. (c) 1inawesomewonder. (Photo by Charron)

Grizzlies line up during pre-game. (c) 1inawesomewonder. (Photo by Charron)

The Grizzlies are led by seniors, Colin Holt (G), Sam Greenwood (F), and Ben Roy (F). The Goffstown juniors are, Tyler Riendeau (F), Nick Nault (D), and Dylan Hyers (D). Goffstown is loaded with freshmen and sophomores, starting with 2nd year players, Mike Fortin (F-D), Max Lajeunesse (F), Ethan Smith (G), Noah Charron (F). The freshmen are, Stephen Provencher (F), Colin Burke (D), Jake Noonan (D), Brett Lassonde (D), Alex McCarthy (F), Sebastian Beal (F), and Griffin Cook (F). The coaching staff is led by Head Coach Ben Slocum (1st year), and Assistant Coaches, John Nanoff and Shane Tufts.

Grizzlies Hockey ~ It’s Tournament Time!

The Grizzlies gone wild! Celebrating an overtime win versus Windham. (c) 1inawesomewonder. (Photo by Charron)

Celebrating an overtime win versus Windham. (c) 1inawesomewonder. (Photo by Charron)

It’s Tournament Time! The Grizzlies host Lebanon tomorrow night (Wednesday 3/9 at 5:00pm @ Sullivan Arena) in the prelim round of the Division II Hockey Tournament. The Grizzlies earned the #7 seed and will host the #10 seed, Lebanon Raiders. The winner of Wednesday night’s game will advance to play #2 seed, Merrimack on Saturday afternoon.

It wasn’t too long ago, when the Goffstown Grizzlies Ice Hockey team found themselves mired in mediocrity. They were hovering at .500 with a 5-5 record, and were in the bottom half of the standings. It was the end of January and they were looking up at most of the division, with games against perennial powerhouses, Dover and Spaulding staring them in the face. Throw in a 10-day layoff, a hole in the schedule if you will, and the Grizzlies went to play at Dover on February 10th.

As it turned out, the Grizzlies beat Dover and Spaulding back-to-back and started to shape their season in a different manner. The Grizzlies would end up going 5-2-1 over their last 8 games and would catapult up the standings from as low as 12th, all the way to 7th seed, and hosting a first round tournament game.

Goffstown starters on Leap Day 2016. (c) 1inawesomewonder. (Photo by Charron)

Goffstown starters on Leap Day 2016. (c) 1inawesomewonder. (Photo by Charron)

Goffstown will play host to the Lebanon Raiders whom they tied 2-2 up at Campion Rink less than two weeks ago. The Raiders finished in the #10 spot by finishing strong, going 6-2-1 down the stretch, ending the regular season with an 8-8-2 record.

For some notes that we can compare, between these two teams, I give you the following. Both Lebanon and Goffstown played several common opponents this season. Among the common opponents, the edge goes to the Grizzlies, Goffstown was 8-7, while Lebanon was 5-8 against teams they played in common. Against teams that qualified for the tournament, again the Grizzlies had the advantage, going 3-7-1 while the Raiders were 0-7-1 against playoff contenders, the one tie being against the Grizzlies.

Both teams finished the regular season on a strong note. Combined, they were 11-4-2 down the stretch. They played each other recently which should make for an even more exciting matchup in the first round. In their meeting on Feb. 27, the Grizzlies made a long bus ride on a Saturday afternoon on the final weekend of Feb. vacation week, just hours after losing a physical battle against the Keene BlackBirds. After the first period in that game, the Grizzlies carried the play for the most part. Then again, this is why they play the games. Anything can happen out there.

The Goffstown Grizzlies are playing their final home game of the 2015-16 season on Wednesday night, and it happens to be a Tournament game. So, Grizzlies’ Nation, come out and wear your maroon, have fun, and be loud! I can tell you that after being at Sullivan Arena on Sunday for the 2016 NEPSAC (Prep Schools) Ice Hockey Championships, where nobody was a ‘home’ team; it can get really loud in the arena at St. Anselm College. So come out and support the Grizzlies Hockey team on Wednesday at 5pm.

Sam Greenwood, Ben Roy, and Colin Holt. GHS Seniors. (C) 1inawesomewonder

Sam Greenwood, Ben Roy, and Colin Holt. GHS Seniors. (C) 1inawesomewonder

The Grizzlies are led by seniors, Colin Holt (G), Sam Greenwood (F), and Ben Roy (F). The Goffstown juniors are, Tyler Riendeau (F), Nick Nault (D), and Dylan Hyers (D). Goffstown is loaded with freshmen and sophomores, starting with 2nd year players, Mike Fortin (F-D), Max Lajeunesse (F), Ethan Smith (G), Noah Charron (F). The freshmen are, Stephen Provencher (F), Colin Burke (D), Jake Noonan (D), Brett Lassonde (D), Alex McCarthy (F), Sebastian Beal (F), and Griffin Cook (F). The coaching staff is led by Head Coach Ben Slocum (1st year), and Assistant Coaches, John Nanoff and Shane Tufts.