This Wednesday, March 1st was a historic day for Canton hockey as they hosted their first playoff game in the new Ice House Arena against their “Senior Night” foe in the Pembroke Titans.
The first period was vintage playoff hockey with a high hitting but low scoring affair. There was a lot of scrapping and gritty plays in the corner but neither team could light the lamp and in typical Bulldog fashion the score was 0-0 after one.
The second period featured more of the same but now it started to become apparent that it was truly the Bulldogs game to lose. Controlling the puck, getting shots on net, and playing suffocating defense made it seem almost improbable that they wouldn’t be able to capitalize on a chance. But yet again the Pembroke goalie play and defense kept a scoring breakthrough at bay.
The third period had both fans and players on edge. Both team’s inability to put the puck in the net led to thoughts of overtime beginning to creep into everyones mind.
But finally, with just 5:19 left in regulation (Soph.) Ryan Nolte buried one where mama hides the cookies; top shelf. Putting the Dogs’ up 1-0.
Despite a couple of last stitched efforts from the Titans, the Bulldogs defense and saves from (Jr.) Quinn Gibbs kept the score 1-0 and secured a spot in the next round.
The 6th seeded Dog’s will move on to play the 3rd seeded Bishop Feehan Shamrocks (whom the Bulldogs defeated 1-0 all the way back in December) at Asiaf Arena in Brockton Saturday at 6:30pm .
Playoff hockey and Canton High student sections go together like PB&J.
The continued run of success by the hockey program has led me to feeling much like I do during the Patriots playoffs…does the playoffs even start until the sectional final?
I bought my tickets to the Garden in March…of last year. This has all the makings of a special year; one in which many in the preseason had penciled in as the dreaded “down year” for the program.
With the great support of the Dog Pound faithful such as tonight, the Dogs’ should be the favorite in every game they play in.
Now for some awards…
Chant of the game: “….NOT!”/ “…SIKE!”
The ole’ …NOT! or …SIKE! at the end of a line is an often talked of but rarely mastered skill. The co-ordination of the student section to get a nice “Pembroke is playing great…NOT!” was one that nearly brought tears to my eyes. Or maybe it was just really dry, that could’ve also played a role.
Fan of the Game: Colleen Kelleher
A true class act through and through. Whether she’s an All-star goalie on the ice, an All-Scholastic in the classroom, or a student section favorite, Colleen gets the job done.
She also hooked me up with a jersey which was cool. Not to say giving me things gets you fan of the game.
Seriously giving me stuff will not get you fan of the game.
I swear it won’t.
Political Chant of the Game: “Connoly for Select-man”
I’m not a politics guy but I know when I see a man who is right for a job. Fair to say the student vote is in the bag.
Seat of the Game: The Perch
My first period view was second to none except for when the puck went anywhere near our net. Also my legs went numb after five minutes but I powered through.
Dogs’ win. Stoody wins. No Names No Numbers.
P.S- “NNNN” T-SHIRT FIRST LOOK