By Sarah Moomaw, Globe Correspondent
In a gritty game between rivals, the No. 10 Canton girls’ hockey team knocked off the host Franklin, girls’ hockey team, 7-4, to clinch a spot in the state tournament.
“It’s always a goal, but certainly [to clinch] this early is great,” Bulldogs (10-1-0) first-year coach Dennis Aldrich said. “It was a good game for us.”
In a rematch of an 8-1 Canton victory on Dec. 15, Aldrich said playing at Franklin ice is never easy and the previous blowout had the Panthers turned up the pressure and physicality in response to an 8-1 Canton win on Dec. 15.
“It’s also a rival game for us, I think that’s why it was so physical.” he said. “We grinded and beared it, and wound up putting the puck in the net.”
The two squads traded goals through the first period. Franklin notched the first tally of the game, but Bulldog senior captain Meaghan McKenna answered 11 seconds later taking an open face-off down the ice to knot the game.
“She’s done that a lot this year,” Aldrich said.
The Panthers struck back to take a 2-1 lead, but junior right wing Katie Kelleher tied it again. McKenna struck again in the second period to give the Bulldogs the 3-2 lead.
“It was a good battle,” Aldrich said. “But we took control after that and wound up icing the game.”
After Franklin made it a one-goal game at 5-4, McKenna’s used her 19th goal of the season — to complete a hat trick (third on the year) her third hat trick of the season — extended the Canton lead.
The Bulldogs would add a seventh goal by junior defender Casey Considine before the final buzzer, but stellar play by the defense insured the win.
Aldrich said “workhorse” junior defender Jill Eckler had a great game in keeping pucks away from junior goalie Emily Buckley (14 saves), who picked up her fifth win in five starts.
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