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Bulldogs Add Another Hockomock Title

posted Feb 5, 2019, 4:28 PM by Brian Shuman   [ updated Feb 5, 2019, 4:30 PM ]

With two gutsy 3-2 victories against Franklin and North Attleboro, followed by a 5-0 victory over Taunton, the Canton High School Bulldogs capped off an undefeated, 9-0 run through the Hockomock League to capture another league title. It was the Bulldogs 9th straight league championship.

On Wednesday, January 30th, the Bulldogs traveled to Franklin to take on the rival Panthers. Franklin would come out flying in the game, taking a 2-0 lead headed into the third period. However, the Bulldogs put together their finest comeback of the season, as Jack Connolly and Tommy Ghostlaw would score goals in the opening minute of the period to suddenly knot the game at two. With less than two minutes remaining in the game, Johnny Hagan would stun the Panthers with a quick shot in the slot to score the gamewinner for the 3-2 victory.

Four days later, Canton would hang on for a 3-2 victory over a determined North Attleboro team. Despite goals from Ryan Nolte and Chris Lavoie in the opening seven minutes, the Rocketeers would tie the game at two and carry the play for a large portion of the game. It would again take some late gate heroics by the Bulldogs to steal a victory, as an Owen Lehane one-timer with two minutes remaining would be the deciding goal.

The North Attleboro win would seal the Hockomock League title for Bulldogs, and the team would follow up their accomplishment by shutting out Taunton 5-0 and Bishop Feehan 6-0. In the Taunton game, Nolte (2), Ghostlaw, Hagan, and Tommy Vaughan would chip in with goals in front of Mike Staffiere, who earned yet another shutout. 

Against Feehan, Staffiere continue his outstanding season, keeping the puck out of the Canton net for the second game in a row. It was a fitting honor for the senior goalie, who earned the shutout on Senior Night. Connolly, Hagan (2), Nolte, Lavoie, and Ghostlaw would score the goals, while Matt Martin would earn the Marcone belt for his solid defensive play. All eight seniors would play important minutes in the victory, with Tommy Dimock, Mat Pigeon and Anthony Delsignore holding down the defense, and Ryan Colby and Joe Robinson putting pressure on Feehan all night long.

The Bulldogs look to continue their impressive play against Rhode Island Division 1 power Smithfield HS on Wednesday at the Ice House.