Central Catholic Raiders Boys Ice Hockey '14-'15

Central hockey ends in heartbreak in Super 8 first round

WOBURN — Each and every member of the roughly 1,500 fan capacity crowd crammed into every inch of the intimate, rustic O’Brien Arena hung onto the edge of their seats as the final minute ticked off the clock.

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Boys Ice Hockey, 03/08/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Gendron keeps Central alive

LOWELL — One thing Central Catholic had failed to achieve in recent matches with Austin Prep is getting ahead. Never having a lead makes winning all but impossible.

The Raiders corrected that pesky problem last night, however, finding the back of the net four times during a second-period, special-teams assault as Central stayed alive in the Super 8 hockey tournament with a 7-4 victory at the Tsongas Center. The victory, which tied a CC season-high for goals and was AP's first loss since Dec. 28, sets up a Sunday finale in the best-of-three first-round series at a time and site to be determined.

And it would be nice if Cam Gendron can keep his hot stick going for a few more nights.

The freshman winger lit up the Cougars on a five-point evening that included his inaugural hat trick.

"It was the first hat trick of my high school career, and luckily it came in the Super 8," said Gendron, who entered the game with four goals on the season. "Me and the boys just worked our butts off and did pretty well.

"We weren't desperate. We were a little nervous, but we put the (first loss) behind us and we focused on it being just one game. We just had to win that game."

Trailing by a goal entering the second, the Raiders (16-6-2) erased the deficit as well as the recent past for that win.

Gendron ignited the barrage with his second goal off a centering pass by fellow freshman and linemate Jake Wise 68 seconds into the frame.

"Getting back tied was big," Gendron said.

Special teams then took over, first on a shorthanded goal by Wise off assists from David Sheehan and Blades Shields with 8:47 left.

"We talked about being a little more aggressive at different times," CC coach Mike Jankowski said. "We have great team speed in that locker room and they were able to follow that up with a nice goal."

From there, it was the power play's turn with two scores over the next 4:26.

First up was Christian Thompson, who one-timed a slick diagonal pass from Billy Stahley at the right point. Then it was Gendron's turn again, making the score 5-2 on a John Barltett assist with 4:21 left in the period.

"We skated the same way we did (in earlier games with Austin Prep)," said goalie Pat Schena, who stopped 25 shots — 12 in the third. "It just comes down to finishing, and today we finished it. It was just a good win."

Stahley put the Raiders up 6-2 with the Central's first shot of the third, streaking down the left side of the rink and slamming a wrister home. Then Robbins and Gendron perfectly executed a 2-on-1 break, when Robbins drilled the crossing pass with 5:56 left for the Raiders' final score.

"It seems like we have that jump back, and we're playing well," said Jankowski, whose squad had lost six straight to AP by a combined 15-5.

Austin Prep, which had outscored CC 9-2 in three Super 8 victories the past two years, needed only 72 seconds to take a 1-goal advantage in the first game and once again the Cougars jumped out to a pair of early leads last night.

The first came 41 seconds into the game's first power play, when junior forward Mike Egan slammed home shot from the right circle for the early lead at the 6:10 mark. The Cougars, then took a 2-1 lead with 4:21 left in the first on a Cam Russo score.

But unlike the previous three defeats, the Raiders immediately answered those early salvos. Gendron first tied the match only 17 seconds after Egan's score. Linemates Wise and Robbins assisted on the goal.

And the second period turned out to be the response to Russo's.

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Boys Ice Hockey, 03/05/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Raiders fall to Austin Prep, face must-win Super 8 game

LOWELL — The positive news for the Central Catholic hockey team is that it still has life in the Super 8 tournament.

The negative, however, is that there is a great deal of work to be done for the Raiders to keep their tourney run alive.

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Boys Ice Hockey, 03/01/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

'Trick' for Robbins


Senior Eric Robbins had his first career hat trick as Central Catholic's hockey team ended its regular season on a high note with a 4-0 shutout of Catholic Memorial. 

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Boys Ice Hockey, 02/16/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Gendron nets two

Cam Gendron scored twice and Eric Robbins, Billy Stahley and Andrew Nadeau each added a goal to lift Central Catholic 5-1 Chelmsford in boys hockey. 

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Boys Ice Hockey, 02/12/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Raiders take crown

Joe Faro scored one goal and assised on another as Central Catholic locked up the MVC/DCL Division 1 title with a 4-1 win over Waltham.

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Boys Ice Hockey, 02/11/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Raiders roll

Christian Thompson and Johnny Bartlett each potted two goals and Central Catholic surged past Chelmsford 6-1.

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Boys Ice Hockey, 02/07/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Not standing Pat

Pat Schena had a terrific game with 33 saves but four-time defending Super 8 champion Malden Catholic downed Central Catholic 3-0. The Lancers are again the top-ranked squad in the ESPNBoston statewide poll.

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Boys Ice Hockey, 02/04/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Thompson Heroics

Senior captain Christian Thompson broke a scoreless tie with five minutes left and Central Catholic held on to beat Arlington Catholic 1-0. Pat Schena (20 saves) posted the shutout.

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Boys Ice Hockey, 01/31/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Stahley scores


Central Catholic's boys hockey team outshot the state's top-ranked team, Springfield Cathedral but you'd never know it by the score. The Raiders (10-4-1) fell to Cathedral (12-0-2) by a 10-1 count. Billy Stahley scored the lone goal for Central.

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Boys Ice Hockey, 01/24/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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