4:10 overtime: Central Catholic 5, Springfield Cathedral 4 -- Jake Donahue wins it for the Raiders with an unassisted highlight-reel goal. Cathedral is eliminated but Central Catholic is not out of the woods yet. If St. Mary's beats St. John's Prep by two or more goals the Raiders do not advance.
End of 3rd period: Springfield Cathedral 4, Central Catholic 4 We're headed for overtime.
14:48 3rd period: Springfield Cathedral 4, Central Catholic 4 -- The Panthers pull their goalie in hopes of scoring one more and winning by two goals to stay alive on goal differential. No dice. Michael Kelleher ties it with the net empty and 12 seconds remaining. Assisted by Lloyd Hayes.
7:38 3rd period: Springfield Cathedral 4, Central Catholic 3 -- Cathedral climbs back on top on a shorthanded bid by Frank Crinella. Artie Potter wins a puck in the neutral zone and finds Crinella sneaking toward the Raiders' zone. Potter fires a perfect saucer pass to Crinella, who beats Robbins with a wrister for his second of the game.
3:16 3rd period: Springfield Cathedral 3, Central Catholic 3 -- We're all knotted up...Nick Gorski picks up a loose puck near the Panthers' blue line, walks into the zone, and snaps a laser over Liquori's shoulder from the point. Unassisted.
1:30 3rd period: Springfield Cathedral 3, Central Catholic 2 -- The Panthers misplay the puck behind their own goal, leading to a Christian Thompson wraparound to cut the Raiders' deficit to one. Assisted by Michael Hovnanian and Christian Smith.
End of 2nd period: Springfield Cathedral 3, Central Catholic 1 -- The Panthers are still holding on to the two-goal lead they forged at the beginning of the period. Raiders winger Michael Kelleher created a great chance for himself dangling past two defenseman and putting a quality shot on Liquori late in the period, but was denied with no chance at a rebound. Shots on goal through 30 minutes: Central Catholic 18, Cathedral 15.
0:22 2nd period: Springfield Cathedral 3, Central Catholic 1 -- Ryan Daigle puts the Raiders on the board with a shorthanded goal just 22 seconds into the second period. Daigle forces a turnover at the Central Catholic blue line and walks in alone on Cathedral netminder John Liquori. Unassisted.
Start of 2nd period: Springfield Cathedral 3, Central Catholic 1 -- Senior Andrew Robbins (1.33 GAA) is now between the pipes for the Raiders.
End of 1st period: Springfield Cathedral 3, Central Catholic 0 -- Frank Crinella tallies less than one minute after Kozub's rebound goal and the Panthers take a three goal cushion into the intermission.
11:44 1st period: Springfield Cathedral 2, Central Catholic 0 -- Jordan Kozub picks up a rebound in close to the right of Williams and puts it away to extend the Panthers' lead.
0:56 1st period: Springfield Cathedral 1, Central Catholic 0 -- DJ Petruzzelli sprints up the middle of the ice, skates in alone, fakes Kyle Williams right and goes left for a very early 1-0 Panthers lead.
We are getting ready for game three of four here at Merrimack College as bracket two gets ready to shuffle the deck to see who advances to the crossover round on Wednesday.
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