With cancelations and postponements causing havoc on high school sports schedules, the Canton High School Bulldogs were tasked with their busiest week yet, as they took on four different opponents in seven days.
On Monday, January 17th, Canton welcomed Newburyport to town for their annual non-league matchup. The Bulldogs would dominate the first period, but were unable to solve the Clippers netminder. Newburyport would take the lead in the second period, which would not last long, as Brendan Tourgee would score two goals the very next shift to give the Bulldogs a lead that they and goalie Colin Davis would not relinquish. Tourgee would fittingly get his third goal of the game with the Clipper net empty to seal the 3-1 victory.
It was right back to work on for the Bulldogs on Wednesday in a league matchup versus Oliver Ames. Led by senior Aiden French in goal, the Canton players and their families would also celebrate senior night. It was a fitting night to recognize the team-first senior class, as seven different goal scorers would secure the 7-0 Bulldogs victory. Five seniors would find the back of the net, including Sean Connolly, Brennen Pecararo, Tommy Phaneuf, Mike Leonetti, and Billy DeLello, who netted his first varsity goal. Jack Digirolamo and Brian Middleton would also score goals for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs would go on to score 15 goals in their final two games of the week, defeating Attleboro (6-0) and Foxboro (9-1). Andrew Valkanas would lead the way against Attleboro with two goals. Connolly, Middleton, Phaneuf, and senior Mike Anderson all scored once. It was Anderson's first varsity goal for the Bulldogs. Junior Carson Eagles would earn the shutout. Against Foxboro, sophomore Pat Drury would score his first varsity goal and add two more for the hat trick. Digirolamo (2), Pecararo (2), Jeff Chaput, and Sam Carlino rounded up the nine goal attack for Canton.
The Bulldogs travel back to Attleboro for a big Hockomock League matchup against North Attleboro on Wednesday.
Photo courtesy of Josh Perry, HockomockSports.com