Canton Skates Past Somerset in Round 1 of Playoffs

posted Feb 28, 2018, 7:33 AM by Brian Shuman   [ updated Feb 28, 2018, 7:34 AM ]

Ten different players would contribute goals in the Canton High School Bulldogs' victory against Somerset-Berkley in the first round of the MIAA Division 2 South Sectional tournament. Senior goalies Quinn Gibbs and Niko Donovan would team up for the 11-0 shutout in front of a packed crowd at the Ice House on Tuesday night. 

For over 10 minutes, the game remained scoreless until Owen Lehane would rush end-to-end and eventually put home a loose puck for the 1-0 lead with less than four minutes remaining in the period. Two minutes later, Johnny Hagan would fire a shot off of a face-off for a 2-0 lead. 

Less than one minute into the second period, two Ryan Nolte goals would double the Bulldogs' lead to 4-0. By the end of the period, Bubba McNeice, Joe Robinson, Timmy Kelleher, Chris Lavoie, and Jack Goyetch would add goals of their own for the 9-0 lead headed into the third. In the final 15 minutes, linemates Kevin Murphy and Ryan Colby would find the back of the net to end the scoring for Canton.

The Bulldogs await the winner of Westwood vs. Oliver Ames and will play on Saturday at a time and venue to be determined.

Bulldogs Win Quinn Tourney

posted Feb 27, 2018, 4:18 AM by Brian Shuman

For the second consecutive year, the Canton High School Bulldogs ended their regular season by winning the Joseph I. Quinn Memorial tournament, which honors the founding Coyle Cassidy High School hockey coach. Goals by Bubba McNeice and Ryan Nolte, coupled with a Quinn Gibbs shutout, led the Bulldogs to a 2-0 victory in the opening round against Medfield. 

In the championship game, Canton came storming out of the gates, with Timmy Kelleher scoring in the first shift of the game. However, Coyle would respond, scoring two goals in the next 29 minutes to take a 2-1 lead into the third period. In the opening minute of the third, Nolte would tie the game on the powerplay and then fire home the game winner with less than a minute to play in the game.

The win brings Canton to a final regular season record of 15-2-4. The Bulldogs open tournament play with a home game on Tuesday night at 530pm with a first round matchup against Somerset-Berkley.

Bulldogs Fight Back, Defeat LS 2-1

posted Feb 19, 2018, 11:07 AM by Brian Shuman   [ updated Feb 19, 2018, 11:08 AM ]

Trailing 1-0 headed into the third period, the Canton High School Bulldogs scored two goals in the final 10 minutes to defeat D2 North powerhouse Lincoln-Sudbury, 2-1, in the final regular season home game of the winter.

The first period was a tight defensive affair, with few scoring opportunities for each side. The best chance of the period came for LS on a breakaway, but Quinn Gibbs turned it aside to keep the game scoreless. Early in the second period, LS would take a 1-0 lead and hold onto that lead for over 20 minutes. Finally, with less than 10 minutes remaining in the third period, Chris Lavoie would poke home a loose puck from a Jack Connolly shot on the powerplay to tie the game at 1-1. 

With 30 seconds left in the game, a centering pass by Joe Robinson deflected off Ryan Nolte and found the stick of Johnny Hagan, who fired a one-timer through the LS goalie for the game winning goal. 

The Bulldogs improved their record to 13-2-4 with two games remaining in the annual Joseph I. Quinn Memorial Tournament at Raynham on Tuesday and Thursday. Canton opens up the tournament against Medfield on Tuesday night at 5pm.

Bulldogs Fall to OA, Beat Foxboro

posted Feb 14, 2018, 2:03 PM by Brian Shuman

A goal less than two minutes into the game was all the Oliver Ames Tigers needed to upset the Canton High School Bulldogs on Saturday night at Warrior Ice Arena. The loss was only the second for Canton on the season, while the win brought the Tigers two points closer to a postseason birth.

Less than 48 hours later, the Bulldogs traveled to Foxboro to take on the Foxboro Warriors in their last Hockomock League game of the season. The Bulldogs took control of the game early and never looked back, scoring 5 goals in the first period and three in the second en route to a 8-1 victory. Quinn Gibbs and Niko Donovan split the goaltending duties, while Kevin Murphy and Chris Lavoie would get net goals apiece. Ryan Colby, Johnny Hagan, Ryan Nolte, and Joe Robinson also added goals of their own in the win.

The victory improved Canton's record to 12-2-4 and a perfect 9-0 in the Hockomock League. The Bulldogs will finish the season with three games against Lincoln Sudbury, Medfield and either Coyle Cassidy or Boston Latin in the Joseph I. Quinn Memorial Tournament.

Bulldogs Down Panthers, 4-1

posted Feb 9, 2018, 5:29 AM by Brian Shuman

Led by two Bubba McNeice goals and some stellar play by defenseman Matt Casamento, the Canton High School Bulldogs defeated the rival Franklin Panthers by a score of 4-1 in front of a home crowd on Senior Night. 

The Panthers would set the tone in the first period, carrying the play and generating multiple good scoring chances on Bulldogs goalie Quinn Gibbs. However, as has been the case all season, Gibbs stepped up when his teammates needed him, turning aside all Franklin shots. The Bulldogs would get going later in the period, and a late Franklin penalty in the closing minute would lead to the first Canton goal to start the second period. Less than twenty seconds into the frame, Timmy Kelleher would find Johnny Hagan in the middle of the ice, and Hagan would do the rest, making a nice move to beat a Franklin defender and the Panthers goalie for the 1-0 lead.

Five minutes later, Franklin would get a powerplay goal of their own to tie the score at one. However, Kelleher would make another big play late in the second period, stuffing home a loose puck under the Franklin goalie to regain the lead. In the final 15 minutes, Canton picked up their play even more, generating several quality goal scoring chances before McNeice would finally extend the lead to two goals on a breakaway with 4:30 to play. Facing a 6-on-5 disadvantage at the end of the game, McNeice would seal the 4-1  victory with an empty net goal.

The win brings the Bulldogs record to 11-1-4 and 8-0 in the Hockomock League. Canton will travel to Warrior Ice Arena on Saturday night to face Oliver Ames in a non-league matchup before turning around and playing Foxboro on Monday evening.

Pink Bulldogs Triumph in Hockey Fights Cancer Night

posted Feb 5, 2018, 10:01 AM by Brian Shuman   [ updated Feb 5, 2018, 10:04 AM ]

On Saturday night, the Xaverian and Canton High School boys ice hockey teams took part in "Hockey Fights Cancer Night" in memory of Canton native Reo Todesca and in honor of all those people who showed strength and courage in their battle against cancer. The night was more than just a hockey game, as the pink and purple jerseys worn by the home teams were both a visible, yet subtle, reminder of the real challenges people brave, and how those challenges dwarf those faced by athletes in a typical sporting event.

After Xaverian battled back to tie Malden Catholic 3-3, the Bulldogs took to the ice to take on the Mansfield Hornets. In front of a packed crowd of fans and supporters, Canton and Mansfield played their hearts out in 45 minutes of back and forth hockey. The first period gave the edge to Mansfield, as their forecheck kept the home team from settling into a groove. Thanks to some key saves by Quinn Gibbs, the game was scoreless heading into period 2.

In the second period, the Bulldogs finally got on the board when a quick backhand by Johnny Hagan found the far top corner of the net for a 1-0 lead. Canton had several quality chances to extend the lead but were thwarted by some highlight-reel saves by the Hornets goaltender.

The third period saw more even play, but the Bulldogs would net two more in the frame. Two minutes into the final period, Jack Goyetch would feed Bubba McNeice in the slot, and McNeice would fire a wrist shot through the Hornets goalie for a two goal cushion. Four minutes later, McNeice would return the favor to Goyetch and feed him off a faceoff to extend the lead to three. Mansfield would net their first goal less than a minute later, but the Bulldogs would hang on for the 3-1 victory.

The hard fought victory came three nights after Canton beat the Taunton Tigers 10-0. In that game, Timmy Kelleher netted four goals, Mat Pigeon scored his first career varsity goal, and Niko Donovan made some huge third period saves to preserve the shutout. And Tommy Ghostlaw assisted on his brother Brian's third period goal to give the first Bulldogs brother-to-brother goal scoring combination in almost a decade.

Canton enters its much anticipated rematch with the Franklin Panthers with a record of 10-1-4. The 6pm game on Wednesday will be the annual Senior Night in which Bulldogs players, parents, coaches, and fans celebrate the many accomplishments of our fourteen seniors.

Special, heartfelt thanks to Mike Barucci (click here) and Michael Mao (click here) for taking photos of the Hockey Fights Cancer event!

Canton Edges Bishop Feehan, 3-0

posted Jan 28, 2018, 9:37 AM by Brian Shuman   [ updated Jan 29, 2018, 4:11 AM ]

Two goals from junior Ryan Nolte in the first period were enough for the Canton High School hockey team to capture a key non-league road win against the Bishop Feehan Shamrocks, 3-0. Quinn Gibbs would make 14 saves and earn his fifth shutout of the season.

Nolte's first goal came on the powerplay, as he put home a rebound from a Nick Allen point shot. Minutes later, after some nice backchecking by linemates Timmy Kelleher and Johnny Hagan, Nolte would take the puck end to end and finish off a great rush with a short side wrist shot to extend the lead to two.

Some tight defensive play kept the score at 2-0 until the final minute, when Owen Lehane would score an empty net goal.

The win moves the Bulldogs to within one point of a postseason birth, at 8-1-4. Next, Canton returns to Hockomock League play versus Taunton on Wednesday at Alexio Arena.

Canton Bests North Attleboro in Davenport Showdown

posted Jan 24, 2018, 7:58 AM by Brian Shuman   [ updated Jan 25, 2018, 5:55 AM ]

Photo by Ryan Lanigan,   
It took over three seasons, but defenseman Brad Murphy's first goal could not have come at a better time. The senior captain continued his outstanding season with a goal and an assist, leading the Canton High School Bulldogs to a 5-0 road victory over Davenport Division rivals North Attleboro.

In the first period, the Bulldogs set the pace of play, controlling the puck and time of possession in the offensive zone. Several scoring chances were turned away by the Red Rocketeer goaltender, and Canton ended the period with a 15-3 shot advantage, but no goals to show for it.

Even with the impressive first period, the second period saw more improved Bulldogs play, outshooting North Attleboro 27-0 in the next 15 minutes. Canton would finally get on the board on the powerplay midway through the period. Owen Lehane would make a cross-ice pass to Ryan Nolte, who fired a wrist shot on net where Johnny Hagan would collect the rebound and shoot it past the North goaltender for the 1-0 lead, which is how the period would end.

Persistence would pay off in the third, as the Bulldogs would finally break through with four goals in the final period. Within the first two minutes, Murphy would net his first goal on a wrist shot from the blue line. Next, it was Bubba McNeice's turn, who would fire home a rebound after some hard work by linemates Jack Goyetch and Mike Dadasis would result in a loose puck finding McNeice's stick in the slot. Nolte would be the next Canton player to add to the lead, putting home a rebound off a Lehane point shot. And with less than two minutes left in the game, Goyetch would redirect a Murphy wrist shot for the final Bulldogs goal.

The win was Canton's seventh of the season (7-1-4) and improved their Hockomock League record to 5-0. Next up is a return trip to the New England Sports Village on Saturday to take on Bishop Feehan in a non-league matchup at 2:00 PM.

Bulldogs Down Stoughton, 8-1

posted Jan 22, 2018, 7:17 AM by Brian Shuman

Ryan Colby and Owen Lehane would score their first career varsity goals and Michael Staffiere earned his second win in net of the season as the Canton High School boys hockey team would defeat Stoughton High School by a score of 8-1.

The Bulldogs would storm out of the gates in the first period, scoring six goals in the opening 15 minutes. Lehane would fire a shot past the Stoughton goalie for his first varsity goal, while Chris Lavoie, Ryan Nolte (2), Jack Connolly and Colby would add goals of their own in the first period.

Jack Goyetch and Bubba McNeice would score a goal a piece in the second and third periods, respectively, to round out the scoring. 

The win moves Canton to 6-1-4 overall and 4-0 in the Hockomock League, with a big game looming versus North Attleboro on Monday night in Attleboro. The puck drops at 5:00 PM at the New England Sports Village.

Bulldogs, Clippers Battle to 1-1 Draw

posted Jan 18, 2018, 4:44 PM by Brian Shuman

As they approach the midway point of the 2017-18 season the Canton High School Bulldogs boys ice hockey team traveled north to Newburyport for their annual non-league tilt. Despite playing some very good hockey, especially by Canton's defensive unit, the Bulldogs could only manage a 1-1 tie against the Clippers.

A shorthanded goal by Ryan Nolte, who found the back of the net after a beautiful pass by Johnny Hagan on a 2-on-1, would give Canton the lead midway through the first period. The Bulldogs would carry the play for the next 30 minutes of the hockey game, only to be turned away on numerous occasions by the stellar play of the Clipper goalie. With five minutes left in the game, Newburyport would knot the score at one when a shot from the blue line went off a Clipper player's glove and past goalie Quinn Gibbs. Canton would put forth one final flurry, only to come up just short in regaining the lead.

The two teams entered the contest with identical 5-1-3 records, and the tie would ensure they left the ice with the same records yet again. The Bulldogs returns to their Hockomock League schedule, facing off against Stoughton and North Attleboro for two games in three days.

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