Back to business as usual

Written by Dave Palana
 | Wednesday, 22 January 2014 17:55

Unfortunately for the Canton Bulldogs, the Duxbury girls’ hockey team picked up right where they left off when they returned to the ice on Saturday for their first game in a week.

The Dragons shut out the Bulldogs 3-0 at The Bog to improve to 7-0-1. The shutout was the third straight and fourth in the last five games for the Dragons, which extended senior captain Rachel Myette’s scoreless streak in net to 15 periods.

Myette didn’t have to do much work early in the game, but made some clutch saves late with the Dragons having to kill penalties. Duxbury dominated the first two periods, but play in the third became uneven with the two teams having trouble staying out of the penalty box. While the Dragons were not able to capitalize on their power plays, the penalty kill unit stifled the Bulldogs, who only managed to get a single shot on Myette’s goal in the period.

“Even though we didn’t find the net, I thought the third period was our strongest period and that was good to see,” said Dave Tolve, who filled in for head coach Friend Weiler on Saturday with Weiler battling an illness. “I thought our penalty kill was super aggressive today and [Canton] had absolutely no opportunities.”

While the Dragons improved defensively as the game wore on, they wasted little time reestablishing their offense after their week away. Sophomore Julia Nolan continued her torrid start to the season when she put in her own rebound less than five minutes into the game. Two minutes later, senior captain Liz Collins tapped in a shot by junior Olivia Crowley to give the Dragons a two-goal lead with 8:23 left in the first period.

Collins returned the favor in the second period when she fed Crowley at the corner of the net for Crowley’s first goal of the season. Crowley nearly had her second in the final two minutes of the period on a shot that hit the crossbar of the goal and ricocheted straight down, but the officials ruled that the puck did not cross into the net.

“It was a full team effort today,” Tolve said. “We had two goals from our third line, which was great to see.”

The Dragons will leave The Bog for the first time since Frozen Fenway on Wednesday when they head to Falmouth to face a Clipper team that is right behind them in the Coastal Division standings and boasts three of the division’s top six scorers.

“We have a tough stretch of games coming up,” Tolve said. “We’re going to have to be ready.”