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Kelleher, Bulldogs Down Medfield in Round 2
In Round 2 of the playoffs, the Canton Bulldogs took on the Medfield Warriors for the second time this season on Saturday afternoon. This time around it was a much different atmosphere. The last game of the regular season for both clubs was held at Pirelli Veteran’s arena in Franklin where both fan bases had a decent showing but nothing compared to this packed barn at the Canton Ice House. Both sides were given tremendous support from their hometown fans, and there wasn’t one seat showing in the arena because each one was taken. A little under four minutes into the game, senior captain Tim Kelleher got the crowd going after blowing right by the two Medfield defenders and delivering a nifty backhand shot into the back of the net. The fun was just beginning for Canton as senior Chris Lavoie cashed in on a 2 on 1 pass from Eamon Kelly just about a minute after they scored the first goal. Tim Kelleher was all over the puck throughout the game and he made his mark in his last home game as a Bulldog as he struck again after tucking in his second goal of the game to make the score 3-0. The Bulldogs played a great first period but it was far from over. In the second period Bulldog senior captain Tommy Ghostlaw scored an emotional goal, as it was his first score since coming back from injury. Freshman defenseman Vinny Sica ripped a shot from the point that Ghostlaw was able to get a piece of and redirect it in for the goal. Canton was still not done and Tommy Vaughan was just getting started. After Sean Connolly threw a puck towards the net Vaughan was right on the doorstep to jam it home and pump the crowd back up. Medfield would answer before the end of the period but they had a very steep hill to climb and not much time to get there. Tommy Vaughan answered the Medfield goal with a little bit of luck as he caught the goalie napping after he threw a pass out into the crease that the goaltender put into the back of his own net. In the third the Bulldogs continued to put the pressure on the Warriors but could not sneak another one by their third netminder of the game. The Canton Bulldogs cruised to a 6-2 victory in a dominant performance from all sides of the rink. Senior defenseman Declan Pfeffer had one of his best games in a Canton Bulldogs uniform and Joe Cammarata looked very sharp between the pipes. This was the last high school game that the Canton seniors would ever play at their newly developed home rink. This year has been a long season, and knowing it will be your last game ever played on this ice is a hard pill to swallow. The team, especially the seniors gave everything they had and are all honored every time they lined up at the Canton “C” at center ice.