Bulldogs Fight Back to Tie Duxbury
A Monday matinee featured two reigning state champions from their respective leagues. The Duxbury Dragons and Canton Bulldogs came out of the gates flying and didn’t waste any time trying to gain momentum. This game was the most competitive game of the season for the Bulldogs and was one of the biggest challenges they will face this season. Duxbury opened up the scoring two minutes into the first period after winning a puck battle in their offensive zone and sneaking a shot past Joe Cammarata from the back post. A last minute push in the first period helped the Bulldogs knot the game up at 1 as Donny McNeice tipped in his first varsity goal of his career. In the second period the Bulldogs struggled breaking the puck out of their end and lost the majority of puck battles. The Dragons dominated the period by scoring two goals to take a commanding lead to the third period. To start the third period the Bulldogs had just about one minute on the powerplay, in the locker room every knew this was what they needed to get back into the game. As it turned out it was a sloppy powerplay that ended with a great rush from Hagan but the Duxbury netminder turned the chance away. With just one minute remaining, Canton was still trailing by two goals and needed some magic. They didn’t get magic by they got something a little better, with John Hagan and Chris Lavoie doing what they do best, putting the puck in the net. Hagan’s goal came after an amazing behind the back pass from Shane Marshall with 1:10 remaining in the third period. Then with ten seconds remaining Chris Lavoie capped off an epic comeback and tied the game with a wrist shot from the high slot. The Bulldogs go into the New Year unbeaten thus far into the season and some confidence as they prepare for a tilt in Rhode Island New Year’s day.