Canton 2, Burnt Hills/Balston-Spa 7

The Bears opened their home tournament with a game against Burnt Hills/Balston-Spa on Friday night in the Canton Pavilion. After a tough first loss of the season, they were looking to rebound and get a win but unfortunately, they fell short of that goal.

Freshman defenseman Jack Brandy handles the puck behind Canton’s net during a powerplay on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Shelly Pike)

The Bears struggled in the first period of play on Friday night, netting zero goals as to their opponents’ three. Then in the next two periods, Canton picked up the pace of play, only being outscored by two goals. Junior Drew Blevins scored both goals for the Bears on Friday night, with one coming in the second and one coming in the third period. Senior defenseman Nate Romano was asked on Monday how such a young team would take these losses and develop from them.

“The most important thing is keeping the energy up,” Romano said. “As much as it improved from our first game, the reality of this weekend is that we didn’t get the results we expect. We know what we need to improve on and we will this week.”

Penfield 3, Canton 0

Canton lost a tough game to one of the top-ranked teams in all of NYS on Saturday morning. Struggling on the offensive end, and not being able to put the puck in the net was what ultimately was the nail in the coffin for such a young Canton team.

Although Canton seemed to struggle on the offensive end of the ice, Sophomore Daniel Creurer played a very strong game on the net. Only letting in three goals on 51 shots throughout the entire game. Canton only had 12 shots on goal the entire game, which made it easy for the opponent’s starting goalie to cast a shutout. Canton got in the penalty box a lot on Saturday, with a total of seven penalties. The Bears look to rebound this weekend at the Doc Tulip Memorial Tournament this weekend in St. Albans, VT.

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