Player of the Week: Olivia Maffeo, Canton Hockey

Olivia Maffeo
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Canton freshman Olivia Maffeo has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Jan. 19 through Jan. 25. Maffeo is the 18th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2019-20 school year and the seventh for the winter season.

Maffeo has been a standout for the Bulldogs this winter in her first season with the program and she was instrumental to Canton going 1-0-1 this week. The rookie defenseman had five points in the two games, including a four-goal game on Saturday, and continues to be among the top scorers in the league, despite playing along the blue line.

“Olivia is one of the most naturally skilled players that I have ever had the privilege of working with,” said Canton coach Dennis Aldrich. “She has reached the level that she is at with her relentless work ethic. Olivia’s competitiveness is second to none and she is still a humble team player. She just loves to compete and win!”

The Bulldogs rallied with a pair of late goals to earn a tie at Medway on Wednesday. Maffeo had an assist to help Canton earn the non-league point. On Saturday night, Maffeo powered the Bulldogs back into the win column. She scored all four of the team’s goals in a 4-1 victory against Hingham.

Maffeo now has a league-high 16 goals to go along with three assists. She leads the Hock with 19 points for the first-place Bulldogs, who are two points ahead of Franklin in the league title race. She is also strong in her own zone and part of a deep Canton defense that has allowed a league-low 14 goals in 13 games and recorded six shutouts this season.

The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision.