Medway Takes Down Dogs’ On the Ice But Not The Student Section

From the first drop of the puck Saturday afternoon when the Dogs’ took on Medway at the Ice House it was clear that goals were going to be hard to come by.

The first period featured few quality scoring chances for both teams and after one period of play neither team was able to find the back of the net. One of the stars of the game Quinn “Camo Vest Fridays” Gibbs (18 saves) kept the Mustangs at bay despite a couple of decent deflections by Medway.

At the start of the second period it was more of the same from an offensive standpoint. And while the defense did their job well, Medway was able to find the back of the net with a nicely placed slap-shot giving them hold of the first lead of the game 1-0.

In between periods was the infamous chuck-a-puck and though today felt like my day; the results spoke for themselves.

Out of my 3 pucks for 5$ investment not one of them even landed within the perimeter of the “C” at center ice. I think I need to study what I call the “Hockey Dad” algorithm regarding the friction of the ice and projectile motion of the puck (Physics majors or Dads feel free to contact me). Once I have this technique mastered the next one has my name written all over it.

The third period was a testament to the Mustangs ability to bend but not break on defense. Canton had several great scoring chances but just couldn’t drive one home giving Medway the 1-0 victory.

The game was a rare home ice loss for the 9-3-2 Bulldogs who look to get back on track next Wednesday against a hot Taunton Tigers team fresh off a win against Franklin.

As for the student section its fair to say Canton took the W.

While there is still room for improvement in the Dog Pound faithful; the game featured a few strong moments lets take a look…

Chant of the Game: ABC’S

Theres always a “Lets go Bulldogs” or “You can’t do that” chant but the ABC’s represents a certain class I love to see in our stoody. A++ work

Fan of the Game: Matt “ravioliravioligivemetheformuoli” Mackay

With regular references to “The Bee Movie” and “Spongebob” Matt is a leader among men (and student sections). He provides a strong voice and passion that you just do not see everyday. Keep up the good work.

Weirdest Brag of the Game: Myself

“I drank a 14oz bottle of ketchup”

In the end, it was a tough game but a good turnout.

Until next time always remember No Names No Numbers.

 

The Art of the 50/50 Raffle

Walking into the CHS gym ready to root on the Dog’s gets my blood flowing more than most things in my life. But there is one event that happens throughout the course of every game that simply can not be beat; the 50/50 raffle.

Believe me when I tell you there is no greater joy in life then winning the average of $20 that the pot accumulates to.

I recently won $27 from the raffle (not to brag) and while all the fans around me called me lucky I chalked it up to simple mathematics or “basic trig” as I call it.

When you go up to buy your raffle tickets take notes on the deals. Often there is a 1 ticket for $1 or 5$ for 7 tickets price range.

The way I look at it, you are literally buying free money if you get the five for seven and would be dumb not to play your odds. I’m not a math guy but if you buy 7 tickets for every game I’m 99% sure you are bound to win eventually.

With my $5 investment and $27 in prize winnings I netted $22. $21 to be re-invested in future 50/50’s and one dollar for school cookies.

With my algorithm for the 50/50 all but foolproof to win me enough gas money for a year I’m starting to refocus my energy towards a new foe..but an old friend.. “Chuck-A-Puck”

But that’s for another time.

Down Goes Franklin

With an imaginary point spread hovering around -20 for the Bulldogs against one of the top public basketball teams in the state the Tuesday night home game was not exactly the hottest ticket.

But then something strange  happened…

Through tenacious defense and although its cliche to say “will to win” the bulldogs took a 7-4 lead going into the second quarter.  And despite a few more shots falling for Franklin the Dog’s went into halftime with only a 9 point deficit.

To most watching or following the game it seemed as though the tide might finally be turning into the perceived “superior team” Franklin.

But now the Bulldogs knew they could play with the powerhouse and their mindset showed on the court.

The lead slowly but surely started to get chipped away, and by the end of the third quarter the once looming double digit Franklin runaway was changed into a 4 point ballgame at 30-26.

In the fourth it became clear who truly wanted it more. Through hitting the glass hard on defense and manufacturing easy buckets on the other end the Bulldogs were able to tie the game at 36 and ultimately through clutch free throws by (Sr.) Danny Hartnett, (Soph.) Devin Foster, and (Jr.) Austin Maffie the game was sealed. Putting a bow on the 46-42 upset.

The game was a long time coming for the Bulldogs whose freshman team just two years ago suffered a 95 point blowout at the hand of the Panthers. In addition the Varsity team had not beaten them in over a decade.Preview attachment IMG_6300.PNG

The boys team is buzzing having won 5 straight home games and the playoffs that were tasted just a few years ago is now clearly in the picture for Canton.

 

P.S.A; Don’t be that Student Section

As I have made pretty clear I love animosity between towns and student sections I think it adds a special element to the game and almost anything should be fair game to be yelled, cheered, chanted, etc.

But there is one form of chanting that I’ve never been a fan of; bringing another sport into a game.

Its the type of chant that requires no thinking and it almost always is a cop out for losing in a game that you can’t win in.

For example, you are losing by thirty points in basketball but you are going to chant another programs football or hockey name. Its honestly embarrassing. You may have had success against that team in the past but you are getting your butt kicked right in the present.

There are so many intelligent digs to take at another team maybe some that even push the boundaries of what should be chanted there is no need to stoop down to a simple-minded roast.

And to all the schools that continue to chant like this…

Congrats on the past but I’m a what have you done for me lately guy.

Never in Doubt; Dogs Take Down the Knights

After basically dominating their bitter rivals in the
Black Knights  for the entire game, the Bulldogs let them creep into the game for the last few minutes of the fourth quarter.

To give credit where credit is due the Stoughton fan section traveled well and although they were very quiet for most of the game they were loud and clear during Canton free throws at the end.

With that being said the Bulldogs eventually escaped with a win but instead of twenty points it was five. Disappointing considering it had the makings of a statement win written all over it. But hey, “Winning’s Winning” -Vin Diesel –Pat LaBelle

Now for some highlights of the game from the student section perspective.

Back and Forth of the game: “Daddy’s Money vs. SAT scores”

During a Canton free throw the Stoughton section erupted with a chant of “Dad-dy’s mon-ey” to which some fans in the Canton section responded with a chant of “S-A-T scores”. While some didn’t take kindly to the chants I think its good in building rivalries between towns. As you can tell I’m a firm believer in all is fair in love, war, and high school student sections.

Old Reliable of the game: Nothing beats the moment you see the other team hoist up a shot and it catches nothing but air. The dreaded air-ball happened first to Canton but soon Stoughton had one of their own causing the student section to chant “Air-ball”

Overall not a bad showing for the student body but there is definitely a need for some new voices at upcoming games.

P.S- Bulldogs 3-0 in Friday night home games not saying just saying