BROCKTON, Mass. – If at first you don’t succeed, try, again.
Canton tried 41 times, but Oliver Ames sophomore goalie Jimmy Tierney stopped all of them, helping the Tigers hold on for a 1-0 win over their Davenport-foe Bulldogs.
“He kept us in it,” OA head coach Jim Sullivan said. “He made some unbelievable saves and had some smart moves.”
After two scoreless periods, the Tigers were able to capitalize in the third for the game’s only goal.
OA junior forward Colin Lozzi carried the puck out his own zone, past the benches and into the attacking zone. Lozzi fired a shot that was saved by Canton goalie Rich Nee (29 saves) but senior David Nolan pounced on the rebound for the goal.
Canton had an opportunity for a first period goal as Justin Rudy and Jake Paschal closed in on 2 on 1, but Tierney was able to make the save. The Bulldogs again had a solid chance, but Tierney made a point blank save on a shot right in front.
Despite Tierney’s effort in net, the second-year starter was quick to credit the players in front of him.
“My defense did a great job keeping the guys out,” Tierney said. “I was seeing every puck so credit to the defense.”
Oliver Ames now improves to 3-0-1 against Canton in their last four games dating back to the 2011 MIAA playoffs.
“When you win it’s always great,” Sullivan said. “We’re getting there. We played very well in the first period. They outplayed us in the second and then it was 50-50 in the third. Whoever scored the goal was going to win.”
“We came out flat in the second, realized it and came out good in the third,” Tierney said.
Despite the game being between two Davenport teams, Hockomock league games don’t start until January 5th. That doesn’t mean this win was meaningless, though.
“They’re a damn good team, they’ve always been very good,” Sullivan said. “That’s our first game, we want that Davenport division. Then we’ll go for the Hock, and then go for states. One goal at a time.”
Tierney looked at it as a good momentum boost heading into league play this weekend.
“Definitely,” he said. “We really needed this win. We’re still undefeated so that’s all that counts right now.”
OA will open up league play on Saturday when they host King Philip at 5:20 while Canton hosts an undefeated North Attleboro team for their first Hockomock tilt.