EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Sports

February 23, 2010

Super disappointment

Central falls in Super 8 play-in, moves to North tourney

BILLERICA — The good news for Central Catholic hockey is that its season isn't over. The bad news, however, is that its 2010 Super 8 run is.

"We wanted so badly to be in the Super 8," said Raiders head coach Mike Jankowski. "But, unfortunately, we arrived and couldn't play our best hockey when it mattered. We played well at times but, on the biggest stage, we didn't have one of our better games."

Despite grabbing an early lead, No. 9 Central Catholic quickly fell behind and struggled with penalties and missed opportunities on the way to falling to No. 8 Winchester 5-3 in the play-in round of the Super 8 tournament last night at the Chelmsford Forum.

The Raiders (13-4-3) now move to the Division 1 North tournament as the No. 2 seed, and open play tomorrow against No. 15 Medford (7-12-1) in Stoneham at 5:30 p.m. The loser of the other play-in game, Burlington, is the top seed and earned a first-round bye.

"A loss like this is so disappointing," said senior tri-captain Shawn Bradley. "There is nothing bigger than the Super 8. It was a good game, but we couldn't put the puck home and they just outplayed us."

Central had qualified for the Super 8 two of the last three years, winning a play-in game in 2007 and earning an automatic berth a year ago.

The Raiders have also struggled of late. They are winless in their last three games (0-2-1), although the other loss was to Super 8 top seed Catholic Memorial, and are just 1-3-2 in their last six contests.

"We played well in spurts tonight," said Jankowski. "We had good surges, but couldn't put three good periods together and missed a lot of key plays. You can't do that. But that has been something that's plagued us all season."

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports

Local Sports Videos
Sports Videos
SI Now: How Lee Jenkins landed the story of the year with LeBron James The World Waits on King James Norm Macdonald: Why LeBron Should Play For The Spurs - @TheBuzzeronFOX Canada excited for Women's World Cup to get underway Up To Speed: Loudon Preview Photographic 'Proof' That LeBron Is Leaving Miami - @TheBuzzeronFOX Lorenzo Fertitta Explains the Cancellation of UFC 176 on FOX Sports Live Brazil brought to tears after devastating loss to Germany Netherlands, Argentina take center stage Klose nets record, Germany rout Brazil 7-1 Samardzija will root for AL, even with NL jersey Morosi: Cardinals/Red Sox talking Peavy trade Johnny Manziel needs to work, even if it is the offseason Big shoes to fill for Brazil ahead of Germany clash Will Messi lead Argentina past Netherlands? Hollins says getting Nets job was "miracle-like" 2014 MLB All-Star Game Snubs 2026 World Cup coming to USA? USMNT's bright future for Russia 2018 Best Major League Soccer players in Brazil 2014
Boston Sports
SI Now: How Lee Jenkins landed the story of the year with LeBron James Victorino 0-for-2 in Lowell rehab game Ross: Nice to give front office 'something to think about' Haggerty: Pastrnak wants to stay in America The World Waits on King James Norm Macdonald: Why LeBron Should Play For The Spurs - @TheBuzzeronFOX Canada excited for Women's World Cup to get underway Up To Speed: Loudon Preview Ortiz outraged over PED accusations Photographic 'Proof' That LeBron Is Leaving Miami - @TheBuzzeronFOX Lorenzo Fertitta Explains the Cancellation of UFC 176 on FOX Sports Live Brazil brought to tears after devastating loss to Germany Netherlands, Argentina take center stage Klose nets record, Germany rout Brazil 7-1 Samardzija will root for AL, even with NL jersey Morosi: Cardinals/Red Sox talking Peavy trade Johnny Manziel needs to work, even if it is the offseason Big shoes to fill for Brazil ahead of Germany clash Will Messi lead Argentina past Netherlands? Hollins says getting Nets job was "miracle-like"