NORTH ANDOVER ó After his teamís 5-1 loss to St. Johnís Prep Wednesday night, Weymouth hockey coach Matt Cataldo was understandably disappointed and disheartened, and his tone reflected his deflation during his postgame meeting with the press.
At least until he was asked about Prep (18-5-1) centerman Colin Blackwell, who torched Cataldoís Wildcats (18-6-2) for three goals and two assists in the win, which sends the Eagles to their first Super 8 final in program history.
ďThat Blackwell kid, I donít know how you contain him,Ē a wide-eyed, flabbergasted Cataldo said. ďPut him in a cage? Heís just so fast and so talented. He was unbelievable tonight. Iíve never seen anything like it at the high school level.Ē
Blackwell netted his first goal fifteen seconds into the second period. The Harvard-bound centerman scooped up a loose puck in the neutral zone, and rocketed down the right wing. Two Weymouth defenders were in prime position to defend the play, but by the time Blackwell reached the in-zone faceoff dot, he was already turning the corner on both players.
With the defendersí sticks desperately slapping the ice at his heels, Blackwell swung the puck to his backhand and poked it past Weymouth goalie Brian Brady.
ďThat kid, Iíve just never seen speed like that,Ē Cataldo said. ďHis first two steps, itís like a rocket ship.Ē
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