The Canton Golden Bears Varsity Boys Hockey team beat Norwood-Norfolk 4-3 on Saturday evening. The Bears best showing yet, they competed in the first period for the first time this year. Attacking all over the ice, the Bears were scarcely on the defensive. Canton faltered for only a few minutes in the middle of the period, but did not roll over and took the game to Norwood. Despite opportunities up and down the line chart, no goals for either team were scored in the first period.
Two good periods in a row have been rare for Canton this year, but Canton strung together another strong period. Goals came from Bradley Frank when a shot by Scott Ahlfeld was picked up by Drew Blevins and passed to Frank to score, and again when Josh Aldous netted one off a pass from Rhett Palmer. Norwood scored one in the second to make the score 2-1 going into the third period.
To win the game, the Bears would have to play a complete game of smart hockey, which has not happened all year. Things were looking good when Rhett Palmer scored a goal off a pass from Tanner Hazelton to put the Bears up two. Norwood did not give up however, and scored two goals when the Bears went down 5-3 to tie the game up at three goals apiece. The Bears, used to this situation by now, played hard and kept Norwood-Norfolk in their own zone. The Bears then scored when Tanner Hazelton got a pass from Josh Aldous that he buried. The score was now 4-3, and the Bears continued to play aggressively to defend their lead. Play continued in the Norwood-Norfolk end until a minute remained in the game and the goaltender was pulled, but the Bears weathered the storm and won the game.