For a period, it appeared Central Catholic could be poised to force a winner-take-all Game 3 of the series on Sunday.
Unlike the early 2-0 deficit the Raiders found themselves in on Sunday at the TD Garden, it was Central that jumped out to the lead last night.
With 6:51 to go in the first quarter, Hayes fired a pass to Corey Webber whose shot was blocked by a sprawling Harris. But there was Lester, who hauled in the puck and stuffed it home to give the Raiders their first lead of the Super 8, 1-0.
“In the first period they totally outplayed us,” said Austin coach Louis Finocchiaro. “They were beating us in both zones. They were really playing well. We knew we needed a change.”
That change came 6:58 into the second, when sophomore Jake McKenelley blasted home a slap shot for his fifth goal of the season off an assist from Carpenter. Then, 3:28 later, Central goalie Colin Soucy seemed to come up with a big save with his left pad, but Eric McAdams was able to jam the puck home for a 2-1 Austin Prep advantage.
“We played really well in the first,” said Jankowski. “But once they got that first goal it really got to us. It hurt us, and it was only a matter of time until they got the second goal.”
The third was no better, as Carpenter set up another score, dishing to J.J. Layton for a slapper inside the blue line that found the back of the net. Then McAdams added a second score for the final nail.
“This one hurts and it is going to hurt for a while,” said Jankowski. “It was a very special season. We won 16 games, made the Super 8 again and overcame a lot late in the season. But right now there is a lot of sting.”