LOWELL — Central Catholic junior Kevin Regan scored the go-ahead goal just a minute into the 2nd period Sunday afternoon as the eighth-seeded Raiders downed top seed St. John’s Prep 4-1 at Tsongas Center in Lowell to kick off the Super 8 tournament.
After a dump into the zone by Central Catholic sophomore Billy Stahley, classmate Christian Thompson put a nice pass in front of the net. Regan tapped it in as Price was expecting the puck to come around the other side to give Central a lead they’d never relinquish at 2-1.
The biggest story, however, was the goaltending. Central Catholic junior Colin Soucy made 24 saves, many of which dazzled spectators, highlighted by a diving stop on St. John’s Prep captain Brian Pinho’s breakaway in the second period to preserve the then one-goal lead for Central. In addition to Soucy’s play, all of Central Catholic’s defenders played excellent in front of him, stopping several Grade-A chances before they were fired.
Scoring was opened in the first by Central Catholic’s Lloyd Hayes, who put a rebound 5-hole on Price from Alex Lester and Corey Webber just 5:08 into the game. Prep would tie it a few minutes later at 10:37 on a power-play goal from Jimmy Currier, who backhanded a rebound from Tyler Bird.
Central Catholic senior captain Nick Gorski scored an unassisted goal on a power play at 9:32 in the second period to make it 3-1. Alex Lester capped the scoring 1:49 into the third, with assists from Regan and Hayes.
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