From J.F.K. Coliseum in Manchester, NH:
Goffstown kicked off the Christmas Hockey Classic Tournament at 4:00pm against one of the Division-I favorites to win the title, in the Crimson Tide of Concord. The scoreboard ended up showing a rather lopsided score, with Concord winning, 6-1. The score didn’t completely tell the story of this game, but make no mistake, Concord is really good. Every line, every pairing, they all seem to be pretty good. Goffstown did get some good chances to score in the game, which included 4 power play chances, and the CBC line generated several opportunities on their own. On the other hand, the Grizzlies committed a couple of egregious turnovers, got beat as a result of some lazy defense, and gave up some goals that they probably wish they could take back.
The final period was fairly anti-climatic. Goffstown didn’t muster too much of a threat, and when they did, replacement goaltender, Parker Taylor, was there to make the save. Late in the third period Concord’s Colin Kastle skated through the offensive zone like he was in a video game blowing through an obstacle course. Kastle converted the shot attempt against Ethan Smith, who had replaced Madeline Sage after starting the third period in lieu of LaSella. Kastle’s goal was assisted by Jake Sullivan and Cam Lariviere. Concord skated away with a 6-1 win in the end.
Throughout the game, Goffstown created offensive chances that were fantastic opportunities, and some of them didn’t end up in a shot on goal. Colby Gamache took a rebound off of the end boards, but missed the net with his backhand. Gamache also had a nice play out of the corner and decided to pass instead of flipping a backhander on the short side and hit Griffin Cook in the slot, but his shot did not get through the defender. How about Sebastian Beal and Noah Charron creating point blank shots that they couldn’t bury the first time, or on the rebounds. Max Lajeunesse maneuvered a few times to open space, as did Grady Chretien, but they couldn’t convert. Concord carried the play more than Goffstown did, but the Grizzlies have been creating their own trend of; just missed, almost, so close, couldn’t finish it, not quite clicking, etc. Hopefully for the Grizzlies that trend will turn upward, and conversion rates will rise.
Goffstown returns to the ice tomorrow afternoon at 2pm against Hanover (4-0, and another favorite in Division-I) who beat the Bow Falcons 6-2 in the tournament’s opening game earlier this afternoon.
Goffstown (3-2) @ Concord (4-0)
December 26, 2017. 4:00PM Start:
Goffstown: 1-0-0 = 1
Goffstown: 6-4-5 = 15
2nd Concord at 0:47. Even. Liam O’Brien from Colin Kastle.
Goffstown Power Play: 0 for 4.
Concord: Spencer Burgess 9 of 10.
Concord: Parker Taylor 5 of 5.
Goffstown: Kyle LaSella 12 of 17.
Goffstown: Madeline Sage 5 of 5.
Goffstown: Ethan Smith 5 of 6.