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Canton knocks off Franklin in boys’ hockey

CANTON — No matter the sport, “play to the whistle” is an adage as old as time.

The No. 19 Canton boys’ hockey team made the phrase its mantra on Wednesday night, using goals in the waning seconds of both the first and second period to help knock off Franklin, 3-1, at the Canton Ice House.

Chris Lavoie scored with 2.7 seconds left in the first period to break a 1-1 tie, giving the Bulldogs (3-0) a lead they wouldn’t relinquish, and Shane Marshall found the back of the net as time expired in the second period — also on the power play — to increase the lead to 3-1.


“You have to,” Canton coach Brian Shuman said of playing to the whistle.

He credited Bulldogs defenseman Jack Connolly with making each goal possible, as the blueliner knew when the time was right to jump from his post on the back end and get the offense in motion.

“It created a four-man attack, which is what you want to do at the end of a period,” Shuman said. “They can’t get the puck all the way down the ice, so Jack was smart enough to jump in the plays.”

After giving up a goal to Matt D’Errico just 58 seconds into regulation, Mike Staffiere held the Panthers (1-1) off the scoreboard for the remainder of the contest. He made 16 saves in all, while Ryan Cameron made 24 saves in a losing effort for Franklin.

“He’s as mentally tough as anybody I’ve ever coached,” Shuman said of Saffiere, the team’s starting goaltender for the first time as a senior.

Ryan Nolte also scored for the Bulldogs, tying the game 4:36 into the first period.

The Panthers were 0 for 5 on the power play.

The game did not count in the Hockomock League standings; the schools play again on Jan. 23 at Sgt. Pirelli Rink in Franklin for their annual league game.


BC High 7, Arlington 0 — In a battle between the last two Super 8 champions, the top-ranked Eagles (1-1-0) jumped on No. 4 Arlington (1-1-1) early at the Clark Center. Thomas Kramer’s goal off of a rebound just 49 seconds in opened the scoring for BC High.

‘‘To get production from a bunch of different guys is great,’’ said BC High coach John Flaherty. ‘‘They earned it. They were rewarded for their effort and they worked hard, so I'm happy for them. To see some of the new guys get on the scoresheet was good too.’’

Matt Lakus, Aidan Carey, Joseph Kramer, Matt Keohane, Colin Norton, and Michael Dragon also scored.

Braintree 5, Milton 0 — Senior Jeremy Souza had two goals and an assist for the Wamps (2-0).

Needham 3, Walpole 1 — Freshman goalie Oliver Lamadieu notched his first varsity win as the Rockets improved to 3-0.

Rockland 5, Abington 1 — Senior Evan Gormley had two goals and one assist for the Bulldogs (2-1-1).

Watertown 2, Saugus 1 — Freshman Mason Andre scored two goals and junior Kevin Greene stopped 47 shots for the Raiders (2-1).

Westwood 4, Holliston 0 — Junior goalie Ben Goodrich recorded 16 saves, including one on a penalty shot, in the shutout for the Wolverines (2-0-1).

Girls’ hockey

Andover 2, Haverhill/North Andover/Pentucket 0 — Lauren Adams scored twice for the No. 10 Golden Warriors (3-0).


Arlington 6, Watertown 0 — Senior Erin O'Brien scored twice for the No. 13 Spy Ponders (4-0).

Bishop Fenwick/Essex Tech 6, Medford 4 — Senior Jill Mattucci scored a hat trick as the Crusaders (3-1) beat Medford for the first time in program history.

Boston Latin 7, Wayland/Weston 1 — Senior Kerri McLaughlin scored a hat trick for the Wolfpack (3-0-1).

Braintree 8, Milton 0 — Abby Holland scored four times and added an assist for the No. 17 Wamps (2-0).

Canton 4, King Philip 1 — Senior Maggie Malloy scored all four goals for the Bulldogs (3-0).

Dennis-Yarmouth 4, Archbishop Williams 3 — The Dolphins (3-0) received strong performances from freshmen Kayla McGaffigan and Tess Labelle in a nonleague win over the Bishops (3-1) at Zapustas Arena. ‘‘Great win for us,’’ said D-Y coach John Shaw. ‘‘To come up against Archbishop Williams and score like that, they did a great job.’’ McGaffigan scored all four Dolphins goals on nine shots. She paced a fast start, scoring twice in the first period. Labelle made 17 saves, including eight in a fast-paced third period. She turned aside a pair of late scoring chances by Archies senior Mackenzie Heath to preserve the lead.

Hanover/Cohasset 2, Plymouth North/Plymouth South 1 — Junior Lauren Farren netted the winner with 2 minutes remaining off an assist by Olivia Hussey.

Natick 6, Brookline/Newton South 1 — Senior captain Molly Burnes (2 goals, 1 assist) led the way for the Redhawks (1-1).

Needham 2, Walpole 1 — Senior Lexi Schmalz scored both goals for the Rockets (3-0-0), netting the winner at 12:40 of the third period.


Wakefield 2, Lexington 1 — Freshman Abby Boudreau had 36 saves for the Warriors (1-1-1).

Wellesley 3, Shrewsbury 1 — Behind a pair of goals from senior Devin Chapman, the eighth-ranked Raiders (2-1) defeated No. 3 Colonials (1-1-1) in Northborough. Chapman opened the scoring off a rebound from junior Mackenzie O'Neil at 11:55 in the first. After a scoreless second period, sophomore Grace Donahue netted the eventual winner with just over seven minutes to play before Chapman scored her second of the night just a minute later. ‘‘She’s not the type of player who’s going to go end-to-end,’’ coach PT Donato said of Chapman. ‘‘Her role on our team is to clean up the rebounds out front and play tough in those tough areas.’’ Returning Globe All-Scholastic Delaney Couture scored the Colonials’ lone goal.

Boys’ basketball

Case 72, Middleborough 36 — Senior Jake Monteiro netted 24 points and sophomore Jordan Rodrigues added 17 for the Cardinals (2-0).

Durfee 69, Boston English 66 — Seniors Nilin Nehra (21 points) and AB Medrano (15 points) led the way for the Hilltoppers (2-1).

Landmark 71, Boston Trinity 48 — Senior Pat Sullivan had 19 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the Vikings (3-5).

Lexington Christian 70, Bradford Christian 44 — Senior David Giuggio had 21 points and freshman Jonathan Guerrier netted 18 for the Lions (4-1).

Maimonides 69, Saint Joseph Prep 40 — Junior Eytan Pomper scored 18 points and sophomore Jesse Spear chipped in with 14 points.


O'Bryant 67, West Roxbury 48 — Senior guard Rivaldo Soares poured in 18 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter as the Tigers (3-0) erased a 3-point deficit. The 6-foot-6 Soares also totaled 16 rebounds and five assists.

Worcester Academy 82, Wilbraham & Monson 73 — Junior Judson Martindale paced the Rams (10-0) with 21 points.

Girls’ basketball

Franklin 75, Canton 35 — Junior Ali Brigham, a George Washington commit, led the way with 27 points and 18 rebounds for the Panthers.

Latin Academy 71, Brighton 13 — Sophomore Jordan Bellot led all scorers with 14 points and junior Fiona Mannion chipped in 13 for the Dragons (4-0).

Maimonides 71, Saint Joseph Prep 51 — Junior Daniella Bessler scored 28 points and sophomore Tova Gelb added 22.

New Mission 73, East Boston 41 — Junior Jasharee Greene scored 21 points for the Titans (1-0).

Peabody 62, Malden 19 — Freshman Oluchi Okananwa finished with 17 points and 11 steals off the bench while senior captains Catherine Manning and Kristine Rossignol combined to add 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Tanners (3-0).

Jenna Ciccotelli reported from Northborough, Dan McLoone from UMass Boston, and Dan Shulman from Randolph. To report scores, call 617-929-2860/3235 or email