It wasn’t the typical Saturday game for the Bulldogs last night.
For starters, it was “Hockey Fights Cancer” night at the Ice House where all proceeds from the game were donated to cancer research and word must have spread all around town because the nearest parking spot was a half-mile walk from the rink. It easily was one of the top 5 most well attended games since I’ve been at Canton High so it was great to see the community rally behind the cause.
The Bulldogs also came into the game trying to notch yet another accolade in over a decade of dominance; Coach Shuman’s 200th win.
It wouldn’t be easy.
The dogs got off to a bit of a slow start in the first, with a couple uncharacteristic turnovers leading to some Hornet chances. But as he has all year, senior goaltender Quinn Gibbs stood firm and thwarted any potential scoring opportunities.
On the offensive end Canton couldn’t crack the Mansfield D so the score remained knotted at zero after one.
The second period was a different story than the first. This time the dogs came out flying and clearly swung momentum back from the upset minded Hornets.
This swing would ultimately wind up with Canton getting on the board first when Johnny Hagan (Soph.) lit the lamp off the dish from Ryan Nolte (Jr.).
Despite a brief 5 on 3 penalty near the end of the second, the Bulldogs were unable to add to their 1-0 lead heading into the third.
With that being said, the missed opportunity would not come back to bite the Bulldogs as they got two more goals in the third scored by seniors Bubba McNeice and Jack Goyetch respectively.
After the Goyetch goal, Mansfield did quickly respond to prevent the shutout and cut the lead to two with 8 minutes to go but it was too little too late.
The Bulldogs got their coach that elusive 200th win moving them to (10-1-4) heading into their clash next Wednesday at the Ice House against rival and Kelley-Rex champion; Franklin.
Wow what a night for the Canton Hockey program.
The Rink was packed to its gills decked out in pink and purple to honor and remember all those who have been lost by the terrible disease and for the boys to win a hard-fought game was really something special to witness.
And as for the student section? There’s plenty to report.
Moment(s) of the game: Canton’s first and Mansfield’s only
There’s nothing better as fan than watching your team score right in front of you and then skate over to the glass in front. So when Johnny scored that first goal the stoody was going bananas. It was the moment of the game!…until Mansfield gave everyone a hearty laugh taunting the student section as they tied… whoops! I mean prevented a shutout en route to a 3-1 L.
Some celebrate goals… I just prefer to celebrate wins ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ #Scoreboard
Quote of the Game: “200 wins in 13 years is ridiculous”
I’m no math guy (currently sitting at an F in calculus) but 200/13 comes out to just over 15 wins a year. As we all get ready for the Pats game today just remember you’re witnessing the same type of dominance at the high school level right down the street. Congrats to Coach Shuman and the team on the accomplishment. #NotDone
Fan of the Game: Nikki Gefteas
You win chuck-a-puck; you get the fan of the game. #DefinitelyNotJealous
We’re on to Franklin.