Canton 2, Beekmantown 1
The Bears got off to a hot start in the SaraPlacid Holiday Tournament with a win against Beekmantown on Tuesday afternoon. The final score of the contest was 2-1 in favor of the Bears, giving them a good start to a big tournament.
The Bears got out to a hot start in this game. Striking in the first period on a goal from Maddy Southwick, assisted by Taylor Stoll. Canton battled hard throughout the entire game. Myrah Bullock stood strong in net with only one goal allowed throughout the entire game.
With minimal time left in the game for the Bears, they struck on a goal from Ava Murphy, assisted by Sydnee Francis and Taylor Stoll and that proved to be the nail in the coffin for Beekmantown as the Bears got their first win of the tournament.
Canton 7, SLP 0
Canton dominated in their final game of the tournament against SLP and this win ended up making them the champions of the tournament. Canton and Potsdam both won both of their games but since Canton’s goal differential was larger than the Sandstoners’, Canton was gifted the tournament win.
Canton came out hot again in this tournament, scoring four goals in the first period compared to SLP’s zero goals. Saige Stowell netted her first career varsity goal in the first period of play, as well as two other Golden Bears scored their first career varsity goals. To cap off the night and the tournament win, Sydnee Francis scored the seventh and final goal of the game for the Bears. Myrah Bullock had six saves in net for the Bears and a shutout.
All-Tournament team honors were given to Taylor Stoll and Sydnee Francis as well as Goalie Myrah Bullock being named Tournament MVP.
Beekmantown 4, Canton 2
The Bears faced Beekmantown twice over break and the second time Beekmantown got the best of the Bears as they took Canton down 4-2 in the Pavillion.
Sydnee Francis struck first for the Bears in this contest, with an unassisted goal in the first period. Scored with 8:27 left in the first. And then the scoring was capped off for the Bears in the second period by Sydnee Francis again, this time assisted by Ella Mousaw. Myrah Bullock had a busy night between the pipes with 19 saves and only four goals let up.
Coach Francis has her eyes set on something bigger than an individual game.
“To me, non-league games are to gain playing time for developing players and working on team unity, with the final score being irrelevant,” Francis said. “The big picture is league play, and having my full best team ready for playoffs,” Francis said.
The Bears are chasing Potsdam for first place in league play and as playoffs edge closer the Bears are trying to stay sharp.