CHS icemen nab 3rd consecutive Gormley Cup title

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The Bulldogs celebrate with their 3rd Gormley Cup trophy. (Mike Barucci photo)

The Bulldogs celebrate with their 3rd Gormley Cup trophy. (Mike Barucci photo)

The Canton High boys varsity ice hockey team opened its season with a bang last weekend, capturing the Jim Gormley Cup championship for a third consecutive season. Held at Gallo Ice Arena in Bourne, the annual regular season tournament honors longtime educator and coach Jim Gormley, who served for many years as an MIAA playoff tournament director.

This year’s tournament participants included Canton, Medway, Hanover, and Plymouth North. For the Bulldogs, action kicked off Monday evening against a familiar foe—the Medway Mustangs, who ended their postseason dreams last winter in the Division 2 south sectional semifinals. Eager to avenge the 1-0, double-overtime defeat, Canton came out with some early-game jitters but eventually settled down, scoring once each in the second and third periods to claim a 2-0 victory and advance to Sunday’s cup final.

Kevin Murphy had the first goal for the Bulldogs, and Jack Goyetch added the second off a rebound from Mike Dadasis.

Senior goalie Quinn Gibbs, a returning starter and a Hockomock League all-star from last season, was sensational in the opening victory as he made several key saves while picking up his first shutout.

In the tournament finale on Sunday, Gibbs was even more impressive as he held a very talented Hanover team to a single goal, which came on a 2-on-1 in the opening period.

The score remained 1-0 in favor of the Indians until deep into the second frame, when Joe Robinson came up with the tying goal on a beautiful pass from Brad Murphy.

While the game officially ended in a 1-1 draw, both teams continued on in a three-on-three overtime in order to determine a winner of the Gormley Cup. In the end, it was sophomore Johnny Hagan who would play the hero as he slipped past a Hanover defender and fired a shot inside the far post to seal the win for Canton.

The strong start put the Bulldogs at 1-0-1 heading into action this week. The team will next travel to Franklin on Friday before playing its home opener Monday, December 20, against nonleague Shrewsbury.

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