Girls’ hockey team cruises past Medway, MedfieldBy Jay Turner
It was another impressive and productive week for the CHS girls’ ice hockey team as the Bulldogs made it four in a row with wins over two key division opponents, Medway/Ashland and Medfield.
The victories improved the girls’ record to 8-1 while also solidifying their grip on first place in the SEMGHL West Division.
Facing third-place Medway/Ashland at home last Wednesday, the Bulldogs dominated the puck for three straight quarters en route to a comfortable 3-1 win. All three goals were scored by the team’s third line, led by freshman Mary Nee, who finished with two goals and one assist, and Caitlyn Feeney, who added a goal and two assists. Senior captain Bethany Kelly and sophomore Mary McNeil also chipped in with one assist apiece.
Head coach Dennis Aldrich described the victory as a “solid effort” by the Bulldogs, as they played well in all phases and controlled the pace of play, outshooting Medway/Ashland 48-9.
Three days later, the team traveled to Iorio Arena in Walpole, where they earned a decisive 7-2 win over Medfield. Aldrich described the Warriors as a “very feisty team” with a “very loud and spirited” fan base. However, it still wasn’t enough to rattle the Bulldogs, who scored early and often to take control of the game.
Three different players finished with two goals — freshman Emily Lanci and senior captains Meghan Lennon and Meaghan McKenna. Katie Kelleher also came up big for Canton, adding a goal and two assists. All four players, in fact, are among the team leaders in scoring, with McKenna and Lennon leading the way (18 points), followed by Lanci with 14 points and Kelleher with 12. Freshman Julie Nagel rounds out the top five with 10 points.
Junior Emily Buckley got the start in net against Medfield and played well, tallying 17 saves. Buckley has been splitting time with freshman Lindsey Nolte, who had a similarly strong performance against Medway/Ashland.
Aldrich raved about both goalies, noting that they have both stepped up in big games and both boast a save percentage around 90 percent.
“They’ve been tremendously supportive of each other,” he said. “It’s been great so far, and that pretty much goes for the entire team.”
Of course, Aldrich said it helps that the team has been winning consistently, and he is eager to see how the team responds over the next few weeks, with big games coming up against Walpole (January 21) and Falmouth (January 23). In the meantime, the girls will have to contend with two more division opponents, beginning with King Philip on Tuesday and followed by Franklin tomorrow afternoon on the road.
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