The 2016 Hockomock Hockey All Stars & HMs

Below are the official Hockomock League Hockey All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.

Hockomock League MVP

Mark Sheehan, Stoughton

Hockomock League All Stars

PJ Elliott, Attleboro
Matt Lazaro, Canton
Jackson Maffeo, Canton
Justin Slocum, Canton
Bobby Mullaney, Canton
Aidan Sullivan, Foxboro
Tyler Oakes, Franklin
Nick Jasinski, Franklin
Jake Downie, Franklin
Jack Chaffee, Franklin
Clay Geuss, King Philip
Collin Cooke, King Philip
Evan Remmes, King Philip
Anthony Visconti, Mansfield
Michael Arnold, Mansfield
Brian Ireland, Milford
Andrew Casson, North Attleboro
Zach McGowan, North Attleboro
Matt Mancini, Oliver Ames
Jared Costello, Oliver Ames
Mark Sheehan, Stoughton
Nick Terry, Taunton
Tyler Pietrzyk, Taunton

Honorable Mentions

Jake Parker, Attleboro
Jim Jenkins, Canton
Jeremy Miller, Franklin
Kyle McCarthy, King Philip
Matthew Chirichello, Mansfield
Jonathan Chase, Milford
Paul Baker, North Attleboro
Owen Gallagher, Oliver Ames
Eoin Doherty, Stoughton
Michael Volkmann, Taunton

Kilduff’s Hat Trick Paces Canton Past Oliver Ames

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Canton players celebrate after CJ Martin’s second period goal against Oliver Ames. (Ryan Lanigan/

BROCKTON, Mass. – It certainly wasn’t an ideal start for Canton on Saturday evening, but the response from the Bulldogs definitely was.
After going down 1-0 in the opening minutes, Canton responded with the tying goal in the first, two tallies in the second and three more in the final period to score a 6-1 non-league win over Oliver Ames.
Less than 20 seconds into the game the Bulldogs went down a man on a four minute major boarding call. Oliver Ames was able to take advantage on the power play with freshman Max Ward taking a feed from classmate Brett Williams and banged one of the iron to put the Tigers ahead.
But as the period went on, the Bulldogs started to get their legs. Less than 30 seconds into their first power play, Canton junior Tommy Kilduff — the guilty part from the Bulldogs’ early penalty — got a piece of DJ Trerice’s shot from the blue line to knot the game.
“We always stress three keys and the first is to get off to a quick start,” Canton head coach Brian Shuman said. “When you get a four minute major in the first 20 seconds it kind of kills the gameplan. It was a horrible first period, I didn’t even know what to say in the locker room because there were so many things that needed to be fixed. But to our guys’ credit, they figured it out and played a hell of a lot better.”
OA goalie Zach Walsh kept the score level with a big save on Canton’s CJ Martin with less than 10 seconds to go in the first and then stopped an odd man rush from the Bulldogs, stopping Seamus Pecararo’s wrist shot and then gobbling up the loose puck just before it crossed the line.
But midway through the second Canton was able to take the lead for good. After the puck was thrown towards goal, a scrum ensued but senior Bobby Mullaney was alone at the post and lifted a backhand right over Walsh’s stick to make it 2-1.
Less than two minutes Canton converted at the tail end of a power play. Trerice went across the blue line to Martin and his wrist shot through traffic – with Kilduff playing a big role in the screen – and found the back of the net to make it 3-1, a lead the Bulldogs took into the second intermission.
“They blocked a ton of shots, there were always guys in the shooting lanes,” Shuman said. “They dominated us in that first period. After that we were finally able to get some momentum of our own. They really do take away the cross ice pass nicely so we to make more of those 10 foot passes to sort of get the puck moving. To OA’s credit they always play hard, they’re always physical and that’s why they’re a playoff team.”
Kilduff got his second of the game with just over five minutes gone in the final period. With OA looking to clear it out of their own zone, Kilduff swooped in to pick the pick uff and went in alone, pulling a quick move before roofing it to make it 4-1.
“The kids were calling him Tommy Kane after that second goal, going up under the crossbar, and it was a great goal,” Shuman said. “Tommy’s getting better and better. He works hard, he never stops moving his feet, and it was good to see him get going. Often times it takes a shot off the stick that finds the back of the net to get going and that’s exactly what fired him up and get him going today.”
Canton went on another man advantage and cashed in nearly right away with senior Matt Lazaro rounding around the boards before finding Mullaney in the middle for a one timer. Junior Jackson Maffeo also assisted on the play.
In the final minutes, Kilduff came away with another turnover, this one in the neutral zone and skated in with an odd man rush along side senior Andrew Gelerman. Instead of going for the shot to try and complete the hat trick, Kilduff unselfishly dished it off to Gelerman. The shot was just wide of the post but Kilduff was rewarded for his unselfishness as the puck bounced off the boards right back it him on the other side of the goal for a tap in to make it 6-1.
“Canton’s at their high point right now, they skate hard,” OA head coach Mark Homer said. “I thought for the first period, period and a half I thought our guys did a nice job of keeping up and skating well. We jumped right into the game and had some opportunities and got that first goal. I thought we battled hard but we just didn’t create enough opportunities.”
Canton finished with a 24-19 advantage in shots.
“They’re a fast team, they move the puck quick,” Homer said of Canton. “Brian obviously does a great job with them, they’re very structured and they just have no give up in them. We were trying to take the middle of the ice away, and at times we did a pretty good job of it. We were trying to jump on them right away, especially in their defensive zone, trying to force them to make quick decisions and then take advantage of some errors.”
Canton hockey (13-2-2, 9-0-1) will take on Coyle & Cassidy in the first round of the Joe Quinn Memorial Tournament at the Raynham IcePlex on Tuesday at 7:30. Oliver Ames (9-7-1, 7-3) will travel over the Bourne Bridge on Monday to take on North Reading in the first game of the Jeff Hayes Memorial Tournament.
Ryan Lanigan can be contacted at and followed on Twitter at @R_Lanigan.

Monday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 02/01/16

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Basketball
Attleboro, 72 @ Oliver Ames, 76 – Final – Oliver Ames created an early cushion and used that to fend off a late charge from Attleboro. Senior Tim Kelley and junior Carter Evin each scored 21 points for the Tigers with Dylan Mahoney adding 10 points. Attleboro’s Andrew Milliken had a team-high 20 points and added five rebounds, Jake Dunkley added 17 points and six rebounds, Lucas Boucicaut had 14 points and sophomore Nate Douglas chipped in with 10 points and seven rebounds.

Taunton, 63 @ Canton, 51 – Final – Jose Mercado led all scorers with 23 points for Taunton. Canton sophomore Tony Harris had 19 points and nine rebounds for the Bulldogs.
King Philip, 44 @ Foxboro, 64 – Final – Foxboro used a 15-0 run in the third quarter to create the separation against the Warriors. Three different Foxboro players registered in double figures for scoring, led by Alex DuBrow’s 15 points. Mark Clagg added 13 points and Jason Procaccini had 12 points. Kyle Layman led King Philip with 14 points and Will Weir added 11 points.

Franklin, 55 @ Sharon, 41 – Final – Franklin turned a four point deficit at halftime into a nine point lead by the end of the third quarter. Sophomore Connor Peterson had 15 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, Tim Prunier had 13 points, seven rebounds and four steals and freshman Jay Dieterle added 13 points and four rebounds. 
Girls Basketball
Canton, 60 @ Taunton, 46 – Final – Emma Murphy scored a career-high 24 points in the win for the Bulldogs. Hannah Jerrier added 14 for Canton and Meaghan Hunter had six.
Foxboro, 60 @ King Philip, 42 – FinalCassidy Harrison was the top scorer for the Warriors with 20 points and Ashley Sampson chipped in with 19.
Franklin, 45 @ Sharon, 33 – Final – Alyssa Piazza led the Eagles with 11 points. Sharon also got eight points from Charlotte Ransom and seven from Veronica Wallace.
Oliver Ames, 44 @ Attleboro, 56 – FinalEmily Houle scored 30 points to lead the Bombardiers. Sarah Deyo added 15 points and 11 rebounds for Attleboro. Oliver Ames was led by Francesca Calabraro, who scored 11 and Hannah Carroll added 10.
Canton, 5 @ Attleboro, 1 – FinalMatt Lazaro scored his 100th career point for Canton in the win. Dan Creavin scored the lone goal for the Bombardiers and goaltender Tim Gile made 26 saves. 

Canton and Franklin Finish Scoreless in Rematch

Nick Jasinski
Franklin goalie Nick Jasinski (31) denies Canton forward Matt Lazaro (9) in the second period on Saturday. (Josh Perry/

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

FRANKLIN, Mass. – The top two teams in the Hockomock have been struggling to score goals consistently this season and on Saturday afternoon at Pirelli Veterans Memorial Rink Canton and Franklin continued to find offense hard to come by in a scoreless tie that provided plenty of excitement despite the puck never finding the back of the net.

“I joked with Coach Spillane in the line, if that doesn’t sum up both of our seasons right there then I don’t know what does,” said Canton coach Brian Shuman. “We’re both struggling to put the puck in the net.”

“Ironically that was one of the most wide open Franklin-Canton games. We both had plenty of chances.”

Franklin coach Chris Spillane agreed with those sentiments. All season he has talked about the need for players to step up on the offensive side and that continued against the Bulldogs.

“Canton has the same disease as Franklin, can’t put the puck in the net,” he laughed. “Both teams had really good opportunities and maybe credit the goaltenders, they stepped up and made stops when they had to but yeah it was a game with very few quality, wow that should’ve been a goal.”

Franklin had the first chance of the game just two minutes in. Alex Bissanti and Luke Downie combined to create an opening to slide a pass across the crease to Adam Assad charging in at the back post but the junior was not able to put the puck on net under pressure from the defenseman.

With 7:44 left in the first, Jeremy Miller had a chance after intercepting a poor clearance but his shot from the slot was wristed wide.

Canton held a 5-4 edge in shots after the first but the Panthers dominated territorially in the second, controlling the puck in the Bulldogs’ zone for the opening four minutes of the period and managing five shots on goal. Despite Franklin’s domination of possession, it was Canton that had the best chances.

Midway through the period, Jim Jenkins redirected a shot from the point but was denied by a quick kick save by Nick Jasinski (15 saves). Nearly two minutes later, Canton had two great chances, both created by Matt Lazaro. He set up Bobby Mullaney for a shot from the slot with a behind the back pass but it went wide and then 30 seconds later he had another chance on an odd-man rush and was stoned at the near post by Jasinski.

“Any time that their first line was on the ice they seemed to have a little edge,” said Spillane. “Lazaro creates opportunities and other than that it was equal. He’s always finding those second and third trailers and giving them good opportunities.”

With 4:23 left in the second Miller had another shot on a rebound in the slot but Justin Slocum (25 saves) stood tall and denied the close-range chance.

“You can’t discount what the goaltenders did,” said Shuman. “They made some big saves on both ends.”

The third period was a replica of the second. Franklin outshot Canton 21-10 in the final two periods and had almost constant pressure on the Bulldogs back line, but defensemen Jackson Maffeo, C.J. Martin, D.J. Trerice, and Ryan Lodge helped Slocum keep the Panthers off the board.

Shuman explained, “They were all over us for very long stretches of time. I thought they outplayed us for long part of that game, but we still had chances to win it. It was an exciting game.”

Canton also had the two  best scoring chances of the third, despite only recording four shots in the period. Brad Murphy created the first with a charge up the far boards and a pass right across the crease that Bubba McNeice directed towards goal but Jaskinski snatched it. With 1:01 remaining, Lazaro had a clear look from the slot but again the Franklin goalie stood tall to save.

“That’s what you get with us,” said Spillane about the rivalry. “There was very little flow, it was back and forth, hard forechecking, hard hits…it’s good hockey, good to watch.”

He also credited his defensemen for keeping shots from getting all the way to the goaltender. Joe Corsi made a diving intervention to block a 2-on-1 in the first period and he and fellow seniors Matt Pleshaw and Tyler Oakes and freshman Kevin McKay were regularly in the way.

“Sometimes, I think it was more out of panic, sliding around, but today I think that we did line up with them well and play good, positional defensive hockey,” said Spillane.

It was a game that had the potential to break open, but both teams came in struggling to create offense and that continued, although both will go home with an important point and still unbeaten in the league this season.

“We just couldn’t put it away and sometimes that happens,” said Shuman. “Two good teams, good defenses and a couple guys holding the stick a little tight and throwing it at the pads.”

Franklin (7-3-3, 5-0-2) will travel to Asiaf Arena to face Stoughton on Wednesday, while Canton (10-2-1, 7-0-1) will travel to Aleixo Arena to face Attleboro on Monday.

Josh Perry can be contacted at and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.

Jenkins Scores Twice To Help Canton Solve Walsh, OA

Canton's Jack Goyetch (11) and OA goalie Zach Walsh watch as Jim Jenkins' (not pictured) shot fins the back of the net. (Ryan Lanigan/
Canton’s Jack Goyetch (11) and OA goalie Zach Walsh watch as Jim Jenkins’ (not pictured) shot fins the back of the net. (Ryan Lanigan/

By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief
BROCKTON, Mass. – Canton broke a scoreless deadlock in the final seconds of the second period then added an empty net goal late in the third period to earn a 2-0 win over Oliver Ames.
The Bulldogs didn’t struggle with quantity when it came to scoring chances, registering 27 shots in the first 29 minutes but couldn’t beat OA goalie Zach Walsh with their quality chances.
It wasn’t until the final minute of the second period when a quality chance finally found its way past Walsh. Canton senior defenseman CJ Martin took control of the puck, skated down to the corner and then toward’s the back of the goal. Instead of wrapping around, Martin dished the puck right in front to senior Jim Jenkins, who buried it to make it 1-0.
Canton had the advantage in shots in the first period with a 12-3 edge and had a power play but didn’t have a serious scoring chance. That changed in the second period.
Junior Tommy Kilduff had the first chance in the first minute, putting a backhand attempt on goal off a rebound but Walsh stopped it with a sprawling save. At the other end of the period, senior Matt Lazaro’s saucer pass found the stick of Jenkins on a two on one but his shot was pushed aside by Walsh.
“I thought the days of OA goaltenders making incredible says that I’ve rarely seen before were behind us,” Canton head coach Brian Shuman said. “Their goalie played great and they played well, they’re a good team. They grinded it out and they force you to execute. Those guys played a really good game and frustrated some of our better players. They beat us up with some big hits and outworked us in a couple spots but we grinded it out, we battled back and we did what we had to do to get the W.”
“One mistake, we had a bad change,” OA head coach Mark Homer said. “We were skating with them, we were battling with them and we made that one mistake. When you play a good team like that they’re going to capitalize and that’s what [Canton] did. I thought our third period there was a fight in our guys. Against Medway and Franklin we might have let up a little bit but tonight they had a will to win. It’s great when you’re that close and you score the goal to tie it but it’s so frustrating to be that close and lose on just one mistake. Our younger kids continue to improve too.
“We had to play a lot in our own end. We didn’t get a ton of offensive opportunities and you need to have more against a team like Canton. We started winning more battles in the third but we just didn’t get enough opportunities.”
Shots were even in the third period but Canton couldn’t get another by Walsh and OA didn’t muster up any serious scoring chances against Bulldog goalie Justin Slocum.
Midway through the period, Bobby Mullaney took possession just over his own blue line, skated through the neutral zone and into the offensive zone but his shot clanked off the crossbar and into the netting.
In the final two minutes, Jenkins fed Lazaro on a two on one but again Walsh came up with the save, this one while falling backwards.
With Walsh pulled and OA trying to get control in the offensive end, Jenkins got to a loose puck first, tipped it forward and buried the empty netter for his second goal of the game.
“You hate to say it but for a lack of a better word it was an ugly game,” Shuman said. “There were passes going off skates, guys looking for pucks behind them on both ends. Sometimes those games – college, high school, the NHL – they happen. When teams know each other so well and they know each other’s tendencies, they can both take those things away and what they want to do. And the result sometimes is just an ugly game.”
Neither team got a real rhythm going and neither side was able to set up in the attacking zone – there was only one penalty and it came in the first period – mostly because of the play of the defenses, with both coaches crediting their defensemen.
“I think our defense played very, very well,” Shuman said. “A guy like DJ Trerice, I thought he had his strongest game of the season and he keeps getting better and better the more ice time he gets. He was rock solid back there. There was a shift where OA had come chances and looked like they’d get another and he got his stick right in there. The defense played well and limited their shots.”
Slocum had 14 saves for the shutout win. Walsh finished with 30 saves for the Tigers.
“Walshy came out of his shell today, I think that’s the best game he’s played,” Homer said. “They had probably a dozen really, really good opportunities in front and he made some acrobatic saves, desperation saves. He was focused, he played well enough for us to win and that’s what he has to do against teams like this. I’m happy for him. He struggled a little bit earlier in the season and Jimmy Tierney’s name kept being mentioned so he’s had to fill some big shoes. He’s growing up out there and he’s gained confidence.”
Canton (10-2-1, 7-0) became the first Hockomock team to qualify for the state tournament and inched closer to clinching another Davenport title and will have a chance to clinch at least a share when they travel to Franklin on Saturday. Oliver Ames (6-4-1, 4-2) will try to get back on track on Wednesday with a trip to Foxboro.
Ryan Lanigan can be contacted at and followed on Twitter at @R_Lanigan.

Medway Goalie Saves The Day Against Canton

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Medway goalie Mike Purnell made 25 saves to shutout Canton on Wednesday in a potential Div. 2 South matchup. (Josh Perry/

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

FRANKLIN, Mass. – Coming into Wednesday afternoon’s game with Medway at Pirelli Veterans Arena in Franklin, Canton knew that it would be facing an uphill battle to score against Mustangs goalie Mike Purnell, who is one of the top high school netminders in the state.

The Bulldogs also boast a strong defensive unit, one that had only allowed 11 goals in 11 games entering Wednesday, so this was poised to be a game where one opportunity could be decisive.

Canton thought it had the chance with eight minutes remaining in the second period. A misplaced Medway clearance was intercepted by Matt Lazaro and turned into a quick two on none break for the Bulldogs. Lazaro held the puck for an extra second before sending a pass across the crease to a wide open Jim Jenkins.

It seemed to everyone that Canton was about to take the lead, until Purnell, who had been hugging the post to deny Lazaro a shot, dove across the goal and denied Jenkins point-blank and at full stretch with his glove.

“The whole bench had their hands up and they thought it went in,” said Canton coach Brian Shuman after the game. “It was just a great save.”

“He had a 2 on 0 and I think that’s what great goalies do – they can sense when that pass is going across and he was leaning and made the stop. It was probably the save of the season.”

Just three minutes after Purnell (25 saves) made his remarkable stop, Medway jumped into the lead. A shot from the point was knocked down by a screened Justin Slocum (25 saves) and the rebound was batted in by Matt Narducci. It turned out to be the game-winner, as Medway added a second goal in the third period and skated away with a 2-0 win.

“He’s certainly rewriting the record books for us in Medway,” said Mustangs coach Chris Ross about Purnell. “He’s probably the top goaltender Medway has ever had. His mystique sort of started in the shootout last year against [Oliver Ames goalie Jimmy] Tierney and he’s played unbelievable.”

The Bulldogs were the team that came out flying to start the game. Canton held an 8-1 advantage in shots early in the opening period, but many of them came from the outside, including a few shots from junior defenseman Jackson Maffeo. None of the shots looked likely to beat Purnell.

As the period wore on Medway started to gain traction and created the two best chances of the frame. Narducci nearly opened the scoring with 8:35 left in the first but his wrister in transition clipped Slocum’s shoulder before skipping off the crossbar. Four minutes later, Andrew Diebus had a good look in the slot from a face-off win but Slocum gloved his hard shot.

“They were right in his face the entire game, knocking him down, and he got up and made some big saves,” said Shuman of Slocum. “He’s a very good goaltender and I know we’d love to have another crack at these guys.”

Canton again got off to a strong start to the second period with Maffeo stepping into a slap shot that bounced off the outside of the post. Jenkins and then senior Bobby Mullaney both had chances off a rebound four minutes into the period but Purnell was able to adjust and block both shots.

“Against him you’ve to get guys out front because very rarely do you beat him clean,” said Shuman. “All credit to them for matching our net front presence; very rarely did we outnumber them and they were able to clear away some pucks.”

Other than the turnover that led to Purnell’s amazing save, Medway bottled up the Canton forwards limiting them to shots from the outside and keeping bodies central to force the play out to the wings.

Ross explained, “We spent all week working on our forecheck and that was definitely our plan to stop their progress from their zone coming out. We felt with our goaltender and our defense we’d be able to take care of things in our zone, I was more worried about transitions.”

Trailing by a goal entering the third, Canton struggled to get into a rhythm and sustain pressure on Purnell and the Medway defense. An early pass went through the crease but Medway outshot the Bulldogs, who twice were forced to the penalty kill, 10-7 in the period.

With 7:15 remaining, Lazaro had Canton’s best chance to tie the game when he managed to squeeze past two defensemen and skate in on Purnell. He gave a head fake and then dragged the puck to the backhand getting the goalie to slide, but his shot to the back post slid wide.

Medway sealed the win with 2:05 left. James Anderson sprung Cole Fisher with a quick outlet pass and, despite the best efforts of Ryan Lodge to get back, he managed to hold off the defense and flick a shot just inside the post.

Shuman said, “That second goal was just a result of us trying to get a little too aggressive at the blue line. Both Jackson and C.J. [Martin] pinched and it left the middle wide open, but when you’re down 1-0 with a couple minutes left you have to take those chances.”

Canton (9-2-1, 6-0-0) will try to rebound on Saturday with a trip to Asiaf Arena to face Oliver Ames.

Josh Perry can be contacted at and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.

Canton Claws Out Win Over Improved Taunton Team

By Jarett Leonard, Contributor
TAUNTON, Mass. – For the second straight Hockomock League game, an opponent that Canton once may have breezed past gave the Bulldogs a run for their money.
But for the second straight game, the Bulldogs clawed out a narrow victory, edging Taunton 3-1 on Saturday.
“It’s a testament of how strong the league is,” Canton head coach Brian Shuman said. “I think the league is a great hockey league with great teams. You saw tonight a team [Taunton] that was young a couple years ago and all these guys are coming into their own as juniors and seniors now, and they’re a great hockey team.”
After a scoreless first period, Mike Dadasis put Canton on the board early in the second. Dadasis redirected a pass from Jackson Maffeo in the right circle past Taunton freshman goaltender Griffin Speicher.
Taunton answered quickly, though, as Will Walsh ripped a wrist shot from the right side over the shoulder of Canton goalie Justin Slocum on a two-on-one rush with Tyler Pietrzyk.
“Will is an emotional leader,” Taunton head coach Kris Metea. “He wears his heart on his sleeve and he will sacrifice everything for his teammates. When he does well, our team feeds off his energy. He has an absolute passion for the game and it shows.”
But just as quickly, Seamus Pecararo buried his own rebound on the doorstep to restore the Bulldogs’ lead at 2-1. The eventual game-winning goal was Pecararo’s fourth tally of the season.
Early in the third period, Matt Lazaro added some insurance for Canton, netting his fourth of the year after finding the puck on his tape in the crease. Taunton put some pressure on Slocum and the Bulldogs with an extra attacker in the final minute, but the senior goaltender preserved the win.
“He’s calm and composed in the net,” Shuman said of Slocum, who made 11 saves in the game. “He’s shown maturity over the years by not letting a goal like that rattle him. He made some big saves. They’ve got some guys that can shoot on that team and he made some big saves and didn’t give up any rebounds. Justin’s been our rock all year and he continues to be our rock.”
Taunton played a hard, physical game, preventing the Bulldogs from the time and space that they thrive on, and Shuman had high praise for the Tigers.
“They’re going to be a tournament team, and you saw why tonight,” Shuman said. “They were fast, they were skilled, they had some great goaltending, and it was a great high school hockey game.”
Speicher, who had won his two prior starts this season but allowed eight goals combined, stopped 35 of the 38 Canton shots he saw but suffered his first loss of the year.
“Griffin is very good in tight, and we knew that coming into this game,” Metea said. “We knew this would be a game that he would do well in because he would face a lot of in tight shots. He works hard as a freshman, he deserves a good opportunity, and lived up to everything we thought.”
Metea was also pleased with the effort of the skaters in front of Speicher, keeping pace with one of the top teams in the league.
“The work ethic was there,” Metea said. “They worked all night long. Sometimes we overworked instead of playing smarter hockey. We just worked so hard and put ourselves out of position sometimes. But give Canton all the credit in the world, they’re one of the best teams in the state for a reason.”
Canton improves to 6-1-1 overall, 3-0-0 in the league, and will travel to Stoughton on Tuesday at 7:30. Taunton, now 7-3 overall and 1-2 in the league, will be off until Wednesday when it hosts King Philip at 6:00.

Saturday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 01/09/16

Today’s games are listed below.
Girls Basketball
King Philip, 61 @ Framingham, 45 – FinalFreshman Julia Leroux tallied a career-high 17 points to lead the Warriors. Maddie Purdue added nine points for KP, while Hadley Zolak and Courtney Kelleher each had eight. KP coach Martin Crowley said, “Great win for the kids having to go back to back days.”
Attleboro, 2 @ Oliver Ames, 5 – FinalSam Larkin and P.J. Elliott had the goals for the Bombardiers.
Canton, 3 @ Taunton, 1 – Final – Mike Dadasis, Seamus Pecararo and Matt Lazaro scored for the Bulldogs while Will Walsh had the Tigers’ lone tally. 

Franklin, 9 @ Foxboro, 0 – Final – Luke Downie, Ryan Hohman, Joe Lizotte and Zac Falvey all scored their first varsity goals in the win for the Panthers.
King Philip, 6 @ Stoughton, 1 – Final – Kyle McCarthy scored a pair of goals for King Philip while Matt Smith, Jacob Kelly, Clay Geuss and Jeremy Smith each scored once. Stoughton freshman goalie AJ Scott made 40 saves in net while Barry Cooke had the Black Knights’ lone goal. 

Mansfield, 2 @ Brockton, 6 – Final

North Attleboro, 6 @ Milford, 1 – Final
Canton’s Peckham Tournament (Canton, Mansfield, King Philip, Sharon), 9:30
Franklin @ Franklin County Tech – Franklin went 4-0 with wins over Maher (64-9), Holliston (38-12), Pioneer (24-6) and Athol (24-9). 
Natick Tournament – Milford placed third among 13 teams with 176 points. Carlos Terrinha was second at 113, Brett Kimball was second at 132, Ryan Gray was second at 182, Nick Johnson was second at 195, Nick Marcolini placed third at 106, Eliel Mares was third at 138, Ryan Nesta was fourth at 160, John Niro placed fourth at 285 and Jason Pinto was sixth at 126.
Whitman-Hanson Tournament – North Attleboro won the 16-team tournament with 14 of their 17 wrestlers earning medals. 
Sandwich Quad – Oliver Ames went 2-1 on the day, picking up a 48-30 win over Sandwich and a 49-21 win over Melrose but suffered a 53-9 loss to Hingham. Liston Funai (132) went 2-0 on the day with a pair of pins and Pat Mills (22) was 3-0 with three pins for the Tigers. 
Taunton @ Quincy – Taunton picked up two wins from Justin Bradley (126), Alex Simon (170) and Santiago Lopez (220). Three other Tigers picked up one win on the day: Cooper Moreton (106), Josh Grasso (126) and Hannah Driscoll (160). Taunton lost to Walpole (15-60) and Quincy (30-54).
Girls Hockey
Canton, 1 vs. Falmouth, 3 – Final
Franklin, 0 @ Medfield, 2 – Final
King Philip, 5 @ Dover-Sherborn/Hopkinton, 1 – Final
Mansfield/Oliver Ames, 4 vs. Westwood, 3 – Final

Canton Opens League Play With Win Over Mansfield

Canton's Bobby Mullaney looks to shoot in the third period against Mansfield on Saturday evening. (Ryan Lanigan/
Canton’s Bobby Mullaney looks to shoot in the third period against Mansfield on Saturday evening. (Ryan Lanigan/

By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief
CANTON, Mass. – A year after Mansfield snapped Canton’s lengthy Hockomock League unbeaten streak, the Bulldogs opened this year’s slate of league games with a 3-1 win over the Hornets.
While each team scored in the first period, neither team found the back of the net in the second. It took until the first couple minutes of the final period for Canton to score the winner and until the final seconds for the insurance goal.
“It was an interesting game,” Canton head coach Brian Shuman said. “A lot of penalties which sort of disrupted the flow of the game. Our penalty kill was good. I wouldn’t say that we played undisciplined I just think we were too amped up sometimes and we had some big hits that often times can go either way. We killed the penalties we needed to kill and pulled out a win. I just told the guys it wasn’t our best game but we still pulled out a win. Mansfield is a good team, they had great goaltending, great defense and they had some guys on offense that really can go so it was a good game.”
Canton junior Jackson Maffeo the scoring inside the first five minutes of the game to give the Bulldogs the lead. A defenseman, Maffeo had the puck and a Mansfield forward coming at him. He batted the puck to keep it in the zone and then bodied the forward to the ground. He took a pass a second later, faked a shot to get around another charging forward, stepped to his right and fired a rocket through traffic that found the back of the net to make it 1-0.
“There was a lot of anger in that shot, Jackson’s had a couple of shots blocked this year that he wants to have back, it was a beautiful shot,” Shuman said. “It’s something we’ve been working on with him too, he walked into the middle and saw he didn’t have the shooting lane and walked it back, it was a great goal.”
It looked as though Canton would have an opportunity to add to the lead just over three minutes later when Mansfield was whistled for a hooking call. But for the first of two times in the period, the Bulldogs would erase the man advantage by taking a penalty while on the power play.
Right after Canton’s first penalty expired, Bobby Mullaney and Seamus Pecararo combined to force a turnover in Mansfield’s defensive end and then combined on a neat give and go by Pecararo’s close range bid was stoned by Mansfield goalie Anthony Visconti (33 saves).
“I thought he played phenomenal,” Mansfield coach Rick Anastos said of his goalie. “That first goal, I was right there on the bench, that was a bullet. We’ve been playing some tough teams and we don’t have a win but I think we just showed what we’re made of.”
With just over two minutes left in the first, Canton once again went on the power play when Mansfield was whistled for a cross check. But the power play only lasted 39 seconds because of a hit to the head called against the Bulldogs.
In a four on four situation, Canton head a shot blocked at the blue line by Mansfield’s Matt Farragher. Max Hoffman jumped to the loose puck and raced into the offensive zone and delivered a perfect pass to Farragher on the two on one and the junior buried it to tie it 1-1 with 1:07 left in the first.
The second period belonged to Canton in terms of shots on goal while Mansfield had the two best chances of the entire period but neither team scored.
Canton went shorthanded less than 90 seconds in for an interference penalty but were able to kill it off. Midway through the period, Maffeo ripped a shot that deflected twice by a diving Visconti was able to steer it clear before any big rebound chance.
Mansfield went on the power play with just over five minutes to play but a cross check a minute in made it four on four. Another Hornet penalty made it five on three for 31 seconds but Canton couldn’t cash in. When Mansfield’s latter penalty expired, Jack Garland raced out of the box and took a chipped pass up ice for a breakaway. He fired a shot that beat Canton goalie Justin Slocum but clanked off the post and out.
With less than a minute to play, Canton went on the man advantage but it was Mansfield who came away with a breakaway on goal with less than 10 seconds to play but Slocum was up to the task and made the save.
“It was one of those games, we were playing well and then all of a sudden a guy is out of the box and he’s on a breakaway or they shot blocked and they are on a breakaway,” Shuman said. “It just goes to show you in this game moves too fast to ever get comfortable. You think you’re in control but a strange bounce you can just go the other way and there is a scoring opportunity.”
It didn’t take long for Canton to find the back of the net in the third period. After a clearance by the Hornets hit the net, a face off came to the left of Visconti. There was a tie up but the puck eventually squirted free to the stick of senior Matt Lazaro and he ripped a shot from straight away right between the circles to the top shelf to put Canton up 2-1.
“That’s vintage Matty Lazaro right there,” Shuman said. “He moved his feet right away off the face off and creates some space and gets a nice little shooting lane and throws it where he always does in the top left, it was a great shot.”
Mansfield went on a power play with 1:02 left and with Visconti pulled, the Hornets had a six on four opportunity but Mullaney was able to pick off a pass in the center of the defensive zone and ripped a shot the length of the ice for an empty net goal for the insurance goal.
“It’s frustrating not to win especially when you don’t have one yet but I thought it was a great game, it could have gone either way,” Anastos said. “We had three breakaways and we hit the post once, there’s four opportunities blown right there. It all comes down to opportunities but I thought we played pretty good. They’re a pretty fast team and I thought overall, I don’t think they dominated us, it was was just a great game.”
Canton moves to 4-1-1 overall and 1-0 in Hockomock League play. The Bulldogs will be back in action on Wednesday when they take a trip to Foxboro Sports Center to take on King Philip (3-3, 1-0) at 8:00. Mansfield (0-4-2, 0-1) will look to break into the win column on the same night with when they host Stoughton at 5:40.
“Mansfield plays a tough schedule and they are battle tested,” Shuman said. “I remember last year coming in they had a similar record and they pulled it out. We knew this was going to be a battle because they played good teams tough but it’s good to get off to a good start in the league.”
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