By MyFM's Jake Archer - The Franklin High School boys hockey team suffered a tough defeat at the hands of Canton, 4-1. The Panthers came out fast but both teams were failing to convert shots in the first period. With just thirteen seconds off of the clock in the second, Canton was able to get on the board to take the lead. Timmy Kelleher won the faceoff and sent the puck to Johnny Hagan who would put it home from in front of the net.
Franklin answered right back with a power play goal as seniors Brendan O'Reilly and Luke Downie hooked up on a backdoor one-timer. That would be it for the Panthers though as Canton would do the rest of the damage in the game. With both teams making defensive stop after defensive stop and going back and forth, Canton finally found a goal from Timmy Kelleher with around four minutes to go in the second period.
Fast forward to a whole period later and the game is 2-1 and time is running low. Canton was called for too many men on the ice and they had given Franklin another penalty to take advantage of. This time however, they would make the kill and hold on to the lead. Not long after, Franklin made a mistake in the neutral zone allowing the puck to be picked up by Canton's Bubba McNiece who skated down the ice on a breakaway and made the score 3-1.
The Panthers pulled their goalie in desperation, but Canton's McNiece would find the empty net to ice the game at 4-1. Franklin dropped it's second straight contest and moved to 12-3-3 on the season. They have a date with St. John's of Shrewsbury at 6 p.m. on Valentine's Day.