Shea’s five goals lift Woburn
Central Catholic also wins play-in
NORTH BILLERICA — Woburn junior Casey Shea proved to be a one-man wrecking crew, scoring the game’s first five goals last night as the Tanners rolled to a 5-2 victory over Springfield Cathedral in the first game of a Super 8 play-in doubleheader at the Chelmsford Forum.
“Casey’s at his best when he’s distributing the puck to everybody, and he’s a finisher,’’ Woburn coach Jim Duran said. “It doesn’t seem like that because he’s always setting somebody up, but tonight, he finished.’’
In the nightcap, freshman Lloyd Hayes scored with 2:19 to play to help No. 8 Central Catholic to a 3-1 victory over No. 9 St. Mary’s.
Hayes scored the winning goal off a rebound. Ryan Wakeford’s shot from the point landed at the feet of teammate Kevin Poulin, whose shot rebounded to Hayes’s stick beneath the left circle. “I wasn’t going to miss that,’’ Hayes said with a grin.
“You always want to pound the puck to the net,’’ Central coach Michael Jankowski said. “That’s what you preach to these guys. It was real pretty.’’
No. 7 Woburn (18-3-1) advanced into the Super 8 tournament for the first time since 1992. The Tanners will play in a round-robin bracket with No. 2 St. John’s Prep, No. 3 BC High, and No. 6 Needham. Central Catholic joined top-ranked Malden Catholic, along with No. 4 Weymouth and No. 5 Hingham in the other bracket.
“We’re looking forward to it,’’ Duran said. “Maybe move the program up in that direction. We’ve been to the [Division 1] state finals a couple times and haven’t capitalized on it, and this is just a new stage for us.’’
No. 10 Cathedral (12-10-1) dropped into the Division 1 tournament, and will be the No. 1 seed in the South bracket.
“I thought we were ready to play before the game,’’ Cathedral coach Brian Foley said. “The attitude was good, but a couple early penalty calls on us kind of shifted the momentum.’’
Shea took control of the game early, collecting a natural hat trick in the first period.
The center’s first goal came off a well-orchestrated give-and-go with linemate Alex Holland. Shea started the play on a 3-on-2 break before sliding a pass to Holland in the high slot. Shea cut for the right post, and Holland returned the puck to him just above the goal crease. Shea quickly got off a backhanded shot that eluded Cathedral goalie Zac Rondeau.
Shea struck again with 2:31 left in the first, poking the puck away from a Cathedral defender and beating the defensemen to the loose puck in the slot. Rondeau charged from his net, but Shea won the race and easily scored into an empty net.
Shea completed the hat trick with just five seconds left in the period, wrapping the puck around the left post and past Rondeau with Cathedral down a man after a tripping penalty.
The Panthers came out energized after the first intermission, but penalties again stopped their momentum. Shea scored another power-play goal late in the second, tipping a shot by Jake Secatore past Rondeau.
Shea’s fifth goal might have been his most impressive, especially considering the circumstances.
Shea was on the ice helping to kill a 5-on-3 Cathedral power play, when another delayed penalty was called on the Tanners.
As Rondeau sprinted to the bench for the extra attacker, a Cathedral forward tried to whip a pass to a teammate at the point. Shea tipped the pass wide of the mark, and, without a whistle, the deflection trickled into the Cathedral cage.
The Tanners’ special teams were especially sharp. Cathedral was only 1 for 7 on the power play and was held without a shot on goal with the man-advantage until the third period.