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February 26, 2013

Central hockey rallies for dramatic win

Down 3-0, Central rallies back for dramatic OT win and Super 8 berth

STONEHAM — With the eyes of approximately 1,000 fans fixed on him, Central Catholic’s Corey Webber saw his opportunity and called for the puck.

“I yelled to Kevin (Regan) to get me the puck,” said Webber. “I took a quick shot, got the rebound and put it in. Then the whole team came at me and jumped on me. It was just a dream. I couldn’t believe it.”

With just over two minutes to go in overtime, Webber took a pass up ice, beat a defender and flipped a shot on goal. That was saved, but the rebound came loose and Webber backhanded it in for the goal that capped off a dramatic comeback from a three-goal deficit, giving the Raiders a 4-3 victory over Hingham in the play-in round of the Super 8 tournament last night.

The victory propelled the Raiders into the elite Super 8 tournament for the third straight season and fourth in the last five years. They will take on top-seeded St. John’s Prep starting this weekend. Hingham, meanwhile, falls back into the Division 1 North field.

“This is amazing,” said Regan. “This is what you dream of, to get back into the Super 8. This is what we work for, and to do it like this is just amazing. I can’t believe it.”

It was Regan’s heroics that sent the game into OT.

With the Raiders still trailing 3-2 with just 1:09 to go in regulation, Regan hauled in the rebound off an Alex Lester shot and fired it home for the game-tying goal, like Webber his sixth score of the season.

“With time running down, I knew I had to get something on net,” he said. “Lester threw it in and the puck came right to me. The goalie had gone down for the rebound so I shot it just high enough to get over his shoulder and score. It was unreal.”

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