Canton Falls In Overtime in Return to D2 Title Game

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Canton junior Maya Battista clears a puck in front of goalie Carolyn Durand in the second period. (Ryan Lanigan/
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BOSTON, Mass. – For the first six minutes of overtime in Saturday afternoon’s Div. 2 state title game at the TD Garden, Canton had dominated. The Bulldogs had five shots on goal in the extra period and had a flurry of chances while on the power play, but they couldn’t find the winner.

Algonquin had one chance in OT, but that was all it took for the Titans to end Canton’s reign atop the division.

Sophomore Mallory Farrell raced up the right wing, got a step on the Canton defense, and cut straight towards the goal. She dragged the puck through the crease and just past the stick of Canton goalie Carolyn Durand before depositing the title winner into the open side of the net. The 2-1 come from behind win clinched Algonquin’s first state championship and ended a seven-game postseason win streak for the Bulldogs.

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“It came down to a really outstanding power move by Mallory,” Canton coach Dennis Aldrich said. “That was a top-notch move. She had a little more in the tank than our forecheckers anticipated on that, we took our angle, and it was just a little bit off. I’m glad it ended like that, if it had to end against us, a great move like that rather than a trickler or something like that.”

The game started in Canton’s typical style, with the Bulldogs making sure to get the puck deep, aggressively forechecking, and staying compact in the defensive zone. It took the Titans 13 minutes to register their first shot on goal.

Payton McDonough created the first opportunity for Canton, forcing a save with a shot from the slot. Thirty seconds later, Ellie Bohane picked the pocket of an Algonquin defenseman behind the net and played it front to Maggie Dailey, but the shot went just wide. Allie McCabe then went on a long rush from the defensive zone and teed up McDonough for another shot that was stopped by Algonquin’s Lana Pacific.

Canton grabbed the lead after nearly 10 minutes. Maya Battista was able to knock down a puck at the blue line and found tons of space open in front of her. The junior defenseman skated into the slot and then sniped a wrister high to the stick side to make it 1-0.

“She just has a knack of getting pucks through,” Aldrich said of Battista. “That was a really nice shot. I’ve gotten used to seeing that nine or 10 times this year. She does a really good job, she shoots with her head up, she shoots strong, and there was a good screen on that too.”

Algonquin tried to respond and tested Durand with a shot by Lauren O’Malley from the point that was comfortably gloved. McCabe then went on another long rush through all three zones before firing a shot from the right-wing circle that Pacific kicked aside.

Searching for a second goal, Canton continued to put pressure on the Algonquin defense. Tori Carr’s shot forced Pacific into a pad save and Bohane hustled to collect the rebound but the Titans goalie stayed tall to block the backhand effort. McCabe hit Tess Khoury with a long, angled pass that gave the forward to try a slap shot, which was gloved.

The Titans were struggling to get looks at goal but nearly took advantage of a bounce off the boards behind the net to tie the game. A shot ricocheted straight back and into the crease where Alexandria Davies pounced only to have Durand react quickly to smother the shot.

Canton’s best chance of the second came with four minutes left in the period. Battista threw another testing shot on net from the blue line and the rebound fell to Anna Lehan, but she flipped her backhand shot just wide of the top corner. Durand needed to be awake to glove a shot from Farrell in the closing seconds of the period to keep it 1-0.

There were plenty of chances for Canton to give itself a cushion early in the third. McCabe had a shot from the point saved and Algonquin just about managed to clear the rebound before it was squeezed over the line. The puck came out to Devan Spinale and she also forced Pacific into a pad stop. Battista’s shot was tipped in front by Lehan but again the Algonquin goalie was equal to it.

“Especially in the third period, there were a couple of tips and there was one that was tipped off her shoulder,” Aldrich said. “I think both teams are totally tapped out, they left everything out there. It was a great high school hockey game. It was kind of what both coaches anticipated.”

The Titans made Canton pay for not taking its chances. Farrell cut in from the left wing boards, dragging the puck past two Bulldogs before forcing a save with a backhand shot. Durand wasn’t able to secure it and the Bryn Domolky was in the right place to tip it home just before Canton’s defense could clear.

After tying the game, Algonquin had a good stretch where it looked like it might grab the lead. Emily Johns set up Farrell for a one-timer that fizzed wide, Davies got free after a slip at the blue line but sent a shot high, and Durand made a stop on Farrell as she cut across the zone.

With weary legs from the big ice at the Garden, the game was slowing down but Canton had enough in the tank to nearly win the game in regulation. Battista hit Audrey Koen with an angled outlet pass. At first Koen struggled to bring it under control, but she chased after the puck, beat the defense, and flicked a near-post backhander that somehow slipped past the post.

Aldrich said, “It was anyone’s game. I thought we had it in the third. We’ve had a lot of puck luck up to this point and they ended up having a little bit more today.”

Ninety seconds into the overtime, Canton had a power play opportunity, the first for either team in the game. The Bulldogs took advantage of the extra skater to put the pressure on Pacific. Battista had a shot saved from the point, McCabe had another chance in the right wing circle knocked aside, and Carr cut inside from the left wing boards and forced a blocker save with a rising shot.

The power play and the aggressive attack may have just taken that little extra out of the Canton defense and Farrell exploited it, speeding down the wing, and not stopping until she was in the arms of her teammates streaming off the bench.

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Canton (18-7-0) was playing in its fourth state title game in the last five seasons (not counting the shortened 2021 season). The Bulldogs saw a trip to the Garden taken away in 2020, had a season halved by the pandemic, have battled with illnesses, and early season injuries, but through it all still managed to be there at the end, playing on the final day.

“A lot of them were young when we were able to last play a tournament game,” Aldrich explained, “but to have them play back in 2020 and not be able to get here, no one on either team had been here before. I was smiling as soon as the whistle went in the Natick game, knowing that the girls were finally going to get experience it.

“It’s always tough, you tell the kids, you’re always going to look at this as like a crash ending but so much that these kids have done to get here to this point is just incredible. They were here and they stuck together.”

Canton Grinds Way Back to the Garden to Defend Title

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Canton celebrates Audrey Koen’s opening goal against Natick in the Div. 2 state semifinal at Gallo. (Josh Perry/

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BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. – The final two minutes of Monday night’s Div. 2 state semifinal at the Gallo Ice Arena felt like an eternity.

Natick pulled its goalie and, with the extra attacker, seemed to have the puck confined to the Canton zone. Shot after shot was thrown towards the front of the net, most finding the way blocked by a green jersey or a well-positioned stick or skate. A few found their way through but ended up hitting a pad or finding their way into Carolyn Durand’s glove.

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With less than 10 seconds remaining, senior Payton McDonough leaned over one last defensive zone face-off. She was able to tie up the puck, eating precious seconds off the clock. When it finally got kicked loose a wild shot sent the puck behind the net long enough for the horn to sound and send the Bulldogs racing off the bench.

Canton’s defense of its Div. 2 state title will continue to the final day of the winter season, as the Bulldogs held on for a 2-1 win over the Redhawks and a return to the TD Garden for an opportunity that the pandemic denied them in 2020.

“I’m just really excited for these girls,” said Canton coach Dennis Aldrich. “Two years ago these seniors were on a team that didn’t get to go to the Garden and we didn’t know if it was going to be in the cards again. You just don’t sell these kids short.”

McDonough said of the final sequence, “Eight seconds is a long time, so it was just pure determination. We’ve come this far, we’re not going to end it here. We were locking onto the girls, just trying to protect Carolyn, make sure she could see the puck.

“I think it’s really awesome what we did two years ago, but it didn’t really seem tangible. We never got to experience it. We really used that as motivation to hold on for that whole third period.”

The game didn’t start well for the Bulldogs, as Natick controlled play for much of the opening period. Tess Khoury, who scored twice in the quarterfinal win over Duxbury, got Canton’s first shot on goal three minutes in but the Bulldogs couldn’t build momentum as they were forced to kill off almost six minutes of Natick power play time.

After the kill, Canton got a boost of energy and went to work on the forecheck. Ellie Bohane and Audrey Koen pinned Natick behind its own net and then forced a turnover. The loose puck fell to Koen, who patiently moved into the slot before firing a shot past the shoulder of Natick goalie Elli Beigel.

It was a goal against the run of play and the Redhawks went right back onto the front foot. A spinning shot from leading scorer Colleen Quirk forced Durand into a pad save and then Bohane raced out to block a slap shot from Hadley Green. In the final minute of the period, Caroline Gates pinched in from the blue line and fired a shot that smacked the outside of the post.

Natick’s momentum carried over into the second and, only a minute into the period, Quirk got loose in the slot and placed a wrist shot high to the blocker side to tie the game.

The goal seemed to wake the Bulldogs up. After being outshot 9-5 in the first, Canton would outshoot Natick 13-3 in the second, creating chance after chance and keeping the Redhawks locked inside their defensive zone.

“It was definitely a wake-up call,” junior defenseman Maya Battista explained. “Natick is a great, aggressive team and we realized that if we didn’t play to our best then we were going to get beat and we came out flying after that and now we’re here.”

Battista was especially active in the attack, moving the puck well and getting shot after shot on target. A rebound from a Battista shot fell to Khoury, who flicked a shot high to the glove side. Beigel made the stop but the puck got loose behind her and Gates had to come through and clear it off the line. McDonough also had a good chance from the edge of the crease that Beigel kicked aside.

Midway through the period, Canton’s pressure turned into the go-ahead goal. Battista again created the opening with a shot from the left point. Anna Lehan was left all alone on the edge of the crease and she pounced on the rebound and buried the close-range chance.

“Something like that happens, they don’t go into a shell,” Aldrich said about his team’s reaction to the game being tied. “They tighten their belts and just go to work. Kids are doing everything they can.”

Canton had a power play and created a flurry of chances but couldn’t extend the lead. That continued into the third, as Bohane forced another turnover in the attacking zone and put a low shot on goal from the left wing circle, but Beigel got a pad to it. Quirk nearly pulled her team level with a great hustle play, racing all the way into her zone on the back check and then carrying the puck the length of the ice before forcing Durand (17 saves) into a good stop.

The Bulldogs nearly put the game away with three minutes to go. Bohane won the puck in the corner and played it out to the point. Devan Spinale angled a shot towards the far post where Lila Spinelli was stationed. Spinelli got a piece of the shot to direct it on goal but Beigel did very well to get a pad across in time to make the save.

“Coach calls us a blue collar team,” said McDonough. “We’re not really flashy, scoring a lot of goals, we’re just making sure we’re all doing our jobs, getting the puck out of the zone, getting the puck in deep, and hopefully getting some shots on net.”

A one-goal lead meant a test of Canton’s nerves over the final few minutes.

Durand snagged a blast from Gates and kept her calm in the tumultuous final seconds. Every player on the ice was throwing themselves in front of shots and even standing a few feet from the play it was difficult at times to see what direction the puck was headed. In the end, it was enough to secure the win and to book a place in the state final.

Aldrich said, “We asked them, what will you do to come out on top? You kind of saw it. Even when we didn’t get the blocks, I was proud of them because we didn’t want it going on net and for the most part it didn’t. I was really proud of how they stuck together.”

“This team is a family and everything we do is centered around being together and playing our best together,” Battista remarked. “It’s a great opportunity to do what we never got to do freshman year. I’m just happy to be back going to the Garden. It’s an exciting time.”

Canton (18-6-0) will take on No. 10 seed Algonquin, which beat No. 11 Medfield in overtime, at the TD Garden on Sunday at a time to be determined.

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Canton Upsets Top Seed Duxbury, Returns to State Semi

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With a 3-0 win over top seed Duxbury, Canton booked a place in its fourth state semifinal in the last five seasons. (Josh Perry/

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DUXBURY, Mass. – Some teams just seem to have that knack for finding a way to grind out a win. Every game is a little bit different, but in the end the result is the same. Canton has definitely developed into one of those teams.

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Despite being on the road, despite facing the top seed, and despite having to wait almost an hour after the scheduled face-off for the game to begin, Canton seemed unfazed heading into Saturday night’s Div. 2 quarterfinal against Duxbury at The Bog. After all, the Bulldogs have been here before.

Allie McCabe opened the scoring, Tess Khoury scored twice in the third period (including an empty netter), and Carolyn Durand came through with big saves down the stretch, as Canton earned a 3-0 win. It was the second time that the Bulldogs had beaten (and shutout) the Dragons this season and it seals Canton’s fourth state semifinal appearance in the past five seasons (not counting last winter where there were no playoffs).

“Our girls play so many tight games, it doesn’t really bother them,” said Canton coach Dennis Aldrich. “We expect that’s how it’s going to be because all year it’s been like that. That’s probably why we were a nine-seed, we didn’t beat people by three goals, we beat people by one, but we won.”

When asked about Canton’s ability to find ways to win this time of year, McCabe, who will be going to the third state semifinal of her career, replied, “It’s definitely our teamwork. We’re basically a family, we do everything together. At practice, we sprint a lot, it’s tiring but it helps us. We’re always prepared and I guess we’re always there for each other when we’re nervous. We are always there to help each other out.”

After a lengthy wait to get on the ice, Canton got a power play opportunity just 26 seconds into the game. McCabe had a good look on goal from outside the right wing circle that Duxbury goalie Anna McGinty fought off. McCabe would later make a nice rush up ice and have a shot partially blocked on its way to goal. Those were the only two shots on target for Canton in the first.

Duxbury was hardly peppering the goal on the other end. Right at the end of the power play, Megan Carney came out of the box and got behind the Canton defense for a breakaway, but Durand (16 saves) stayed tall, stayed with the puck, and made the stop. She also came up with a big pad stop late in the period, but Duxbury, which had the lion’s share of zone time, only managed four shots on goal in the first.

The Dragons came out for the second intent on creating more chances and a minute in Ayla Abben forced Durand into a pad save with a shot from the slot. It was one of only three shots the hosts would put on goal in period.

Canton controlled play in the second, turning the tables and putting pressure on Duxbury’s defense. Audrey Koen flipped a clearance up ice from her own blue line that found Payton McDonough coming off the bench, leading to a backhander that McGinty needed to stop. Two minutes later, Ellie Bohane (who scored the OT winner in the previous round) broke into the zone and dropped a pass to Anna Lehane, who’s shot was partially blocked but on target.

A power play opportunity midway through the second helped Canton solidify its control. Maya Battista was floating from the blue line to behind the net and she teed up McDonough for a tip in front that was just wide. The pair combined again seconds later for a shot from the slot and again it was just wide.

The pressure continued and it felt like a goal was coming for the visitors. With 11 seconds remaining on the power play, McCabe, the Hockomock League MVP, got the puck in the high slot and was given time and space to move closer to goal before firing a wrister into the top corner past McGinty to put the Bulldogs in front.

“That was crucial,” McCabe said of getting the first goal. “We beat them last time and we knew we could do it but a bunch of people were like, no it’s just a fluke game, you weren’t supposed to beat them. Once we got that [goal] it was like, okay let’s go, we can keep going.”

If the crowd was stunned to see Duxbury fall behind, then it was about to be floored by what happened next. Just two minutes into the third and with the first shot for either team in the period, Canton doubled its lead. McDonough again proved to be a massive presence in the attacking zone, blocking a clearance on the left wing boards and driving towards net. The puck squirted loose and right to Khoury on the edge of the crease. She roofed her shot and made it 2-0.

“It was awesome,” McCabe said of the second goal. “I was not expecting that. We knew it was going to be a tough game but when we saw that I was like, okay, take a little breath. Obviously there was a lot of time left, but it was awesome.”

Down by two goals, the Dragons found another gear and started to dominate play. Maddie Greenwood had a pair of big chances at the near post that Durand blocked with her pad and then her glove. Flynn Bridgett let loose with a pair of slap shots from the point that found their way through traffic, but both were turned aside by Durand.

Aldrich said, “I’ve heard other coaches talk about their goalie being the best in the state, show me one who is better than her.”

The chances kept coming. Abban raced into the zone on the right wing, cut across the middle and ripped a shot that Durand coolly gloved as it was heading under the bar. Carney had a chance on a two-on-one with three minutes to play but she shot wide of the far post and Greenwood came closest to scoring when her quick-release rocket went off the post, behind Durand, and out the other side.

Canton’s defense, including McCabe, Battista, Tori Carr, and Devan Spinale, was doing what it needed to crowd the middle, not allow chances on the edge of the crease, and clearing pucks out to the neutral zone. With help from the forwards, Canton kept the Dragons at bay.

With the clock winding down, Khoury was able to get the puck past the Duxbury defenseman on the blue line and everyone watched as it meandered down ice and settled into the back of the net. The empty net goal clinched yet another hard-fought playoff victory for the Bulldogs.

“To be able to hold them in two games to zero goals, our girls buy into what we do here,” said Aldrich. “We work hard and it’s paying off. When your best player, Allie McCabe, is leading the team in blocked shots, as a coach it’s a pretty easy thing to bring the other guys along.”

McCabe explained, “We all worked together. Carolyn played awesome, she blocked a ton of shots at the end. Our players blocked shots, we were just there for each other, and helped us get through it.”

Canton (17-6-0) will face No. 5 seed Natick in the semifinal on Monday at Gallo Arena at 7:15. The Bulldogs won each of the last three semifinal appearances and reached the final at the TD Garden.

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Thursday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 03/03/22

Today’s games are listed below.

Girls Basketball
Division 1

#20 North Andover, 53 @ #13 Attleboro, 46 – FinalClick here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this game.

Boys Hockey
Division 1

#33 King Philip, 1 @ #1 St. John’s Prep, 3 – Final

Division 2
#27 Mansfield, 4 @ #6 Walpole, 9 – FinalClick here for a Photo Gallery from this game.

#25 North Attleboro, 3 @ #8 Newton South, 1 – FinalJunior Mark Ayvazyan scored the game-winning goal with under two minutes to go as the Rocketeers pulled off the upset on the road over Newton South. North led 1-0 just minutes into the game on a goal from Nick Longa. South tied it with a goal in the second, and it stayed tied until the final moments of the game. Nik Kojoian tacked on an empty net goal to ice the win. Sophomore Kyle Gruber had a strong game in net with 26 saves.

Division 3
#26 Taunton, 0 @ #7 Nashoba, 6 – Final

Girls Hockey
Division 2

#24 Watertown, 2 @ #9 Canton, 4 – Final Canton erased a pair of one-goal deficits in a 4-2 win over visiting Watertown. The Bulldogs fell behind 1-0 after a period on a power play goal before Ellie Bohane tied it up in the second. Maya Battista scored her first of the game in the same period to bring Canton level again at 2-2. Tori Carr put the Bulldogs ahead 3-2 and Battista added her second to make it 4-2. Carolyn Durand played well in net for Canton with 15 saves, including some timely stops.

Saturday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 02/19/22

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Basketball
Franklin, 74 vs. Burncoat, 55 – Final

Girls Basketball
Franklin, 35 vs. Central Catholic, 54 – FinalFranklin led 23-20 at halftime but was outscored 34-12 in the second half to end its win streak at 54 games. It was the first loss for the Panthers since the 2019 state semifinal. It was both the most points that the Panthers have allowed this season and the fewest points they have scored. Ashley Dinges scored 24 (14 in the third quarter) and Calire Finney scored 18 (12 in the fourth) to lead the Raiders. Katie Peterson scored 10 points for Franklin, including eight in the first half. Stefany Padula (6-of-7 on free throws) and Olivia Quinn both scored eight points in the loss. Franklin will face Bridgewater-Raynham in the consolation round on Sunday.

Boys Hockey
Attleboro vs. Westwood, 4:30

Canton @ Needham, 7:30 (@ Babson)

Foxboro, 2 @ Stoughton, 4 – Final

King Philip, 3 @ Walpole, 2 – Final (SO)

North Attleboro, 1 vs. Mansfield, 4 – FinalClick here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this game.

Oliver Ames vs. Quincy, 7:30

Girls Hockey
Canton, 1 @ Barnstable, 2 – FinalBarnstable scored twice in the third period to end Canton’s six-game win streak. Payton McDonough scored with about 90 seconds left to cut the lead to one. Carolyn Durand made 16 saves in the loss.

King Philip, 3 @ Dennis-Yarmouth, 2 – FinalThree different players found the back of the net for the Warriors to help them pick up the road win. Morgan Cunningham, Sydney O’Shea, and Ally Donovan each scored and Jen Daniels and Meg Sherwood had assists for KP.

Stoughton/Sharon @ Hanover, 2:00 (@ Zapustas Ice Arena)

Thursday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 02/17/22

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Basketball
King Philip, 59 @ Xaverian, 56 – FinalKing Philip led from the tip, keeping the Hawks at arm’s length throughout to get the season sweep. Danny Clancy scored seven of his nine points in the first quarter as the Warriors jumped out to an 11-7 lead. Junior Will Laplante (22 points), senior Braeden Sottile (11 points), and freshman Tommy Kilroy (10 points) each hit a three in the second to keep KP up, 26-20, at half. Laplante had seven in the third to keep the Warriors ahead, and then added 12 in the fourth, going 6-for-6 from the free throw line.

Girls Basketball
Milford, 28 @ Hopedale, 56 – Final

Sharon, 50 vs. Norton, 66 – FinalJasmine Davis scored 27 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for the Eagles.

Boys Hockey
Foxboro, 5 @ Oliver Ames, 4 – Final

Girls Hockey
Canton, 1 vs. Duxbury, 0 – FinalClick here for a Photo Gallery from this game. Audrey Koen scored the lone goal of the game, six minutes into the second period, and the Bulldogs played a strong defensive game to shut out Duxbury and hand the top seed in Div. 2 its first loss of the season. In a game that featured very few scoring chances for either team, Maya Battista’s shot from the point was deftly redirected by Koen on the edge of the crease. The tip eluded the left pad of the Duxbury goalie and snuck inside the far post. It turned out to be the only goal of the game, as Canton’s defense held the Dragons to only 15 shots and Carolyn Durand stopped them all. Canton’s defense, led by Allie McCabe, Devin Spinale, Tori Carr, and Battista, stood out to protect the lead in a physical matchup. It was the sixth straight win for the Bulldogs.

Friday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 02/11/22

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Basketball
Taunton, 52 @ Attleboro, 48 – FinalTaunton senior Trent Santos sank a pair of free throws with 4.9 seconds left to ice the win for the Tigers. Santos scored eight of his 16 points in the final frame, hitting of half of his four three-point field goals to lead the Tigers, who trailed 14-9 after a quarter but held the hosts to two points in the second quarter to seize a 20-16 edge at the break. A three-pointer from Attleboro’s Evan Houle put the Bombardiers up 41-38 with four minutes to go but Taunton sophomore Cyrus Morrisette finished a tough take to the rim, Tristan Herry (14 points) drew an offensive foul, and a layup from from Faisal Mass put the Tigers ahead 42-41. Colin Morais (20 points) hit two free throws as Attleboro jumped ahead again but a tough floater in the lane from Herry gave Taunton the lead again, this time for good. Santos added a three with 90 seconds to go to pad Taunton’s lead. Evan Houle added 14 points for the Bombardiers, hitting four three-pointers in the second half.

North Attleboro, 38 @ Canton, 59 – FinalCanton connected on eight of its 10 three-pointers in the first half, racing out to a big lead that it never relinquished in a win over North. Nate Mei (13 points) had two of his triples in the first eight minutes and Lanse Dorcelus scored 18 of his 20 points in the first half as Canton established double-digit leads at the end of the first quarter (21-10) and at halftime (38-15). Matt Chafin and Ashton Cetoute added third quarter triples to help the Bulldogs keep a large lead (51-26) going into the final quarter. Brody Rosenberg and Givany Carney each had 12 points for the Rocketeers.

Sharon, 64 @ Foxboro, 60 – FinalLocked in a close contest the entire way for the second straight game, Sharon emerged with a hard-fought victory on the road over Foxboro. The Eagles’ largest lead of the second half peaked at nine less than a minute into the second half, but it was closer than that the rest of the way. In fact, a 10-0 burst from the Warriors quickly erased that and the teams stayed within two possessions the rest of the way. Sharon carried a 53-51 lead into the fourth quarter and got five points from Matt Baur (16 points), four from Jacob McLoughlin (nine points) and a bucket from John Baez (nine points) to hold on for the win. Dylan Gordon (16 points) banked in a three with just under four minutes to to cut the deficit to one, 59-58 but a strong take from McLoughlin a minute later pushed it back to three. Alex Penders (16 points) cleaned up his own miss with 2:30 to go to one again cut it to one. McLoughlin hit a floater with under a minute to go and Baur added a free throw and the Eagles ended the game without giving up a point over the final two minutes. Donyae Pierre had a big first half for the Eagles, scoring all 12 of his points then to help the Eagles establish a 38-32 halftime lead.

King Philip, 63 @ Milford, 65 – FinalMilford senior Justin Luchini grabbed an offensive rebound and kissed it off the backboard with 1.6 seconds left to give the Scarlet Hawks the win over King Philip. Milford missed on its first layup attempt but Luchini (19 points) poked the rebound free and put it back up and in for the winner. Milford held a 42-29 lead at halftime before King Philip came storming back. Senior Paul Roberts added 14 points, freshman Andrew Rivera added nine points, and junior Wyatt Zagami chipped in with eight points for Milford.

Mansfield, 56 @ Franklin, 55 – FinalClick here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this game.

Stoughton, 46 @ Oliver Ames, 42 – FinalAnchored by senior guard Josh Rivera, Stoughton had one of its best defensive performances to secure a road win at OA and its first season sweep of the Tigers since the 2010-2011 season. Defense was the story for both teams from the get go, with OA taking an 8-7 lead after one and Stoughton carrying a 17-14 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Black Knights got the offense going, closing the third on a run capped by a three from junior Rayan Sablon (career-high 26 points) at the buzzer. Sablon went on to score 10 points in the fourth for Stoughton, who pushed the lead to as much as nine before a couple of threes from OA’s Zach Tagliamonte (10 points). Rivera capped it with three free throws down the stretch. CJ Williams added a team-high 12 points for the Tigers.

Girls Basketball
Attleboro, 81 @ Taunton, 47 – FinalClick here for a Photo Gallery from this game. – Attleboro’s offense was clicking on all cylinders on Friday night, as the Bombardiers scored at least 19 points in each quarter to pull out the road win. Meghan Gordon scored 30 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to lead Attleboro, which also got 12 points and 14 rebounds off the bench from freshman Vanessa Ellis. Taunton started well on senior night, as Olivia Gannon scored all eight of her points and Abby Souza scored four of her nine in the first quarter, but Gordon was also on fire from the opening tip, matching Taunton’s total with 14 points in the first eight minutes. Attleboro extended its lead in the second with Gordon scoring seven and the Bombardiers knocking down three triples. Kameron St. Pierre (team-high 16 points) kept the Tigers close by knocking down four from deep and racking up 12 points. Attleboro stormed out of the break with a 22-point third quarter to break the game open. Gordon added another seven, while Lindsey Perry scored six and Lily Routhier added four. Kayla Goldrick scored nine points and dished out eight assists for the Bombardiers, while Routhier, Perry, and Avery Vieira had eight points apiece. Cali Melo had four points, three steals, and three assists and Jillian Doherty had four points for the Tigers.

Canton, 71 @ North Attleboro, 41 – FinalKiara Cerruti scored a game-high 23 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs to the road win. In the process, Cerruti became the program’s all-time leading scorer with 1,068 points, surpassing the 1,057 points of Eileen Morneau. The game was tied at 7-7 after one, but then Canton went on a run, outscoring North 21-5 in the second to take control. Both teams found a rhythm on offense in the third, as they combined for 36 points, but a 24-12 fourth quarter put the game away for the Bulldogs. Fay Gallery added 13 points, five rebounds, and seven assists and Erin Beatty had eight points and six boards for Canton. Maia Mahoney added six points and Han Hong had four assists in the win. Summer Doherty was North’s top scorer, finishing with 15 points (all in the second half) and Taylor McMath had seven.

Foxboro, 72 @ Sharon, 52 – FinalFoxboro bounced back with a big win on the road and clinched its place in the state tournament. The Warriors were led by its underclassman backcourt, as freshman Kailey Sullivan scored a career-high 26 points and sophomore Camryn Collins finished with 24. Jasmine Davis scored 19 points to lead the Eagles and Rachael Hager added 17.

Franklin, 65 @ Mansfield, 34 – Final

Milford, 29 @ King Philip, 35 – FinalThe Warriors outscored Milford 11-5 in the fourth quarter to pull out a defensive struggle. The first quarter was a struggle for both teams on the offensive end and finished 5-4. In the second, KP found the range to score 13 points and extend the lead to eight at the break. Maddie Paschke and Leah Santoro each scored four points in the quarter to help KP build its lead. Both would finish with six on the night. The Hawks stormed back in the third, coming out of halftime with a 14-6 quarter to tie things up heading to the fourth. Maddalena Mannucci Pacini scored six of her game-high 11 points in the third and Emily Croteau added all four of her points in the frame. KP got baskets from five different players in the fourth and held Milford to two made baskets to seal the win. Emily Sawyer led the way for the Warriors with eight points and Julia Marsden added five. Jill Araujo scored five for the Hawks and Khatrina Leger chipped in with four.

Oliver Ames, 70 @ Stoughton, 27 – FinalOliver Ames built a double-digit lead by halftime and never looked back in a win on the road at Stoughton. Caroline Peper and Jasmyn Cooper each scored 15 points for the Tigers, who led 31-15 at the halftime break. Anna Murphy chipped in with 10 points for the visitors. Senior Kate Bulger led all scorers for Stoughton with 11 points and sophomore Alyssa Edwards grabbed eight boards.

Boys Hockey
Mansfield, 2 @ Canton, 7 – Final

Girls Hockey
Canton, 4 vs. Lincoln-Sudbury, 0 – FinalAudrey Koen scored a pair of goals and Carolyn Durand made 19 saves to earn the shutout, as Canton picked up a big non-league win. It is the fifth straight win for the Bulldogs. Tess Khoury scored one and had a pair of assists, while Payton McDonough had a goal and assist. Allie McCabe had two helpers in the win.

Battista Nets Canton Win Over KP and Outright Title

Canton Girls Hockey
Junior defenseman Maya Battista scored a minute into the overtime period to lift Canton to a win over King Philip and the outright Hock title. (Josh Perry/

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CANTON, Mass. – With a chance to clinch a third straight league title, Canton had to ride its luck at times down the stretch of Wednesday’s visit of King Philip to the Metropolis Rink. A disallowed goal, a save on a breakaway, and a power play opportunity in the final minute of regulation gave the Bulldogs a chance.

After its two previous overtime games ended in losses, Canton was hoping third time would be the charm.

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Payton McDonough swung the puck around to junior defenseman Maya Battista and she blasted a shot from the point, through a screen in front, and squeezed it past KP goalie Mallory Johnston to seal a 2-1 victory and three-peat of Hockomock League championships.

“We definitely work on the power play multiple times per week and it’s good having puck-moving defensemen that can control the play,” said Canton assistant Nick Maffeo. “It gives us a lot of opportunities to generate some offense. The four-on-three power play was a unique situation, but a quick chalkboard refresher and away we went with it.”

It was a frustrating way for the game to end for the Warriors, who had battled back to tie the game, thought they had gone ahead midway through the third period, and had several other chances to win it in regulation.

“Two evenly matched teams, we played tough against each other the first game,” said KP coach Ken Assad. “They’ve got a hell of a defense and goaltender is strong. We battled and we threw pucks at the net, we just didn’t put them in.”

Canton started the game well. Allie McCabe danced her way through the neutral zone, carrying it the length of the ice before forcing a glove save out of Johnston. A couple minutes later, Tess Khoury had a couple of whacks at a loose puck in the slot. The first two efforts were blocked and then Johnston stuck out a pad to stop the third.

The game had been tight, with neither defense conceding much ground and both teams limiting scoring chances to a minimum. Things opened up when the Bulldogs went on the power play. A nice passing sequence from Battista to McCabe to Audrey Koen forced a nice save and then McDonough teed up Khoury at the edge of the crease but the tip went wide.

With the power play nearly over, Koen retreated behind her own goal and cleared a puck up the near side boards. It took a friendly carom into the path of Khoury and she took off. A nice drag move erased the final KP defender and Khoury went to the back hand before finishing off the far post and in.

“Great goal, good hustle,” Maffeo explained. “As the power play was winding down, that’s the time to go for it and Tess certainly did. She had a nice dangle and little kiss off the post.”

The goal seemed to spark the visitors, who finished the first period with a flurry of chances. Jen Daniels had a good look on a one-timer from the slot but McCabe managed to get across and block. Meg Sherwood then fired a shot from the point that eighth grader Catie Putt tipped in front, but Canton goalie Carolyn Durand smothered the chance.

KP continued to create chances into the second. Daniels was stuffed when she had a chance at the back post and Mara Boldy’s shot from the point was kicked aside. Canton almost doubled its lead when Khoury again got loose in the slot, but her shot this time came back off the post and stayed out.

Only two minutes after nearly falling behind by two, KP tied it. Sydney O’Shea found a lot of room in the high slot and her quick-release wrister on the turn gave Durand no chance to react as it arrowed past her on the blocker side.

“We told her low and hard and that’s what she did,” said Assad. “She followed what we asked her to do and just wish we could’ve banged in some more pucks today. We have to be more consistent getting to loose pucks.”

With only 20 seconds remaining in the period, KP nearly grabbed the lead. Kelly Holmes, the league’s leading scorer, showed off her stick skills to glide into the zone, but Durand was able to get a piece of the breakaway chance.

In a game between two good defensive teams, a tie game in the third period usually means chances are going to be even tougher to come by and that was the case on Wednesday. KP finally was able to break out and get behind the Canton back line, Holmes dragging it around Durand and stuffing it in at the far post.

The officials took a beat and waved off the goal, ruling that the net had come loose prior to the puck crossing the line. It was a let off for the Bulldogs.

“I thought it was in before the post came off, but the ref had a better view of it than I did,” said Assad. “I give my girls a lot of credit. It’s still a very positive locker room and nowhere but up from here.”

Holmes had another opportunity with a breakaway three minutes later, but this time there was no controversy, as Durand came up with a huge save to keep things level. Battista had a good look for Canton on the other end, when her shot from the point took a deflection on its way to goal, but Johnston stood tall and then covered the rebound.

A bench minor in the final minute gave Canton the chance to go back on the power play. A steal at the blue line almost turned into a two-on-none break going the other way, but Holmes was left frustrated again, as the horn sounded to end regulation.

The power play carried over into OT and the Bulldogs made it count. Battista got open pinching in towards the left wing circle and she found the winner.

“We have a small league but it’s a tight and competitive league,” Maffeo said about winning another league title. “Every win and every loss is magnified, so it does mean quite a bit. This is a memory that I hope they carry with them as friends and teammates going forward.”

Canton (9-5-0) will host Dennis-Yarmouth on Saturday, while King Philip (9-4) will travel to Foxboro to face Mansfield/Oliver Ames.

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Sunday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 01/23/22

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Basketball
Canton, 59 vs. Southeastern, 46 – FinalCanton had its double-digit halftime lead shrink to seven going into the final quarter, but the Bulldogs held Southeastern to nine points in the final quarter to pull away for the win. Senior Lanse Dorcelus matched a career-high with 27 points, helping Canton establish a 36-23 lead at halftime by scoring 17 points in the first half. Dillon Nguyen (nine points) and Nate Mei (seven points) hit three-pointers in the fourth to keep Canton ahead.

Franklin, 86 vs. New Bedford, 60 – FinalFranklin poured in 22 points in the second quarter and then 28 more in the third to score a blowout win over visiting New Bedford. Justin Allen (nine points), Will Tracey, and Sean Vinson (12 points) all hit threes in the second quarter to help turn Franklin’s lead after one quarter (18-10) into a 40-28 advantage going into halftime. Sophomore Henry Digiorgio scored 10 of his team-high 15 points in the third while sophomores Bradley Herndon and Sean O’Leary (13 points) each hit threes to extend the Panthers’ edge to 68-50 going into the final quarter. Evan DaSilva hit a pair of threes in the fourth and finished with 11 points to help the hosts pull away.

Mansfield, 65 @ King Philip, 35 – FinalMansfield opened the game with a big run and never let its foot off the gas pedal on its way to a comfortable win on the road at King Philip. The Hornets turned their 16-7 lead at the end of the first into a 39-14 advantage going into halftime. Senior Matt Hyland scored 16 points and hauled in 20 rebounds while junior Chris Hill also recorded 16 points.

Girls Basketball
King Philip, 35 @ Mansfield, 45 – FinalClick here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this game.

Girls Hockey
Canton, 2 @ Sandwich, 0 – FinalAnna Lehan and Tess Khoury scored goals and Carolyn Durand picked up the shutout in goal, as Canton earned a huge win over previously undefeated Sandwich at Gallo Arena.

Attleboro @ Mansfield, 7:30 (@ Butler’s)
North Attleboro @ Canton, 7:00
King Philip @ Canton, 7:00

Thursday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 01/06/22

Today’s games are listed below.

Girls Hockey
Canton, 2 @ King Philip, 1 – FinalA pair of Canton juniors accounted for the scoring and another helped secure with the win with key saves down the stretch. Ellie Bohane and Audrey Koen each found the back of the net as the Bulldogs built a 2-0 lead. Morgan Cunningham cut the deficit in half with a goal for the Warriors but Canton goalie Carolyn Durand, in her second game back from injury, denied KP the tying goal to secure the two points. KP junior Mallory Johnston made 23 saves for the Warriors.

Canton @ Sharon, 6:00