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March 4, 2010

Penalties, disallowed goal doom Central

Penalties, disallowed goal prove costly for Central Catholic

BILLERICA — Central Catholic fell victim to seven tough minutes.

"I don't know if it was nerves, but we came out flat," said Raiders head coach Mike Jankowski. "It took us a while to get in the groove, and in the end we just couldn't recover."

Central Catholic was whistled for three penalties in the first 7:04 of play, which resulted in two power-play goals and the Raiders never recovered in falling to Arlington Catholic 3-1 in the Division 1 North semifinal last night at the Chelmsford Forum in front of approximately 700 fans.

The Cougars, who Central defeated 1-0 in the regular season, advance to the Division 1 North final to face St. Mary's of Lynn on Saturday.

"Some of it might have been butterflies," said Jankowski. "We have a lot of young players. But penalties were an issue out of the gates and they made us play. But we straightened things out and we were great in the second and third quarter."

Following that rough first period, in which they were outshot 15-5, the Raiders grabbed control of the game.

"We got screamed at a little between periods," said junior Nick Leonard. "Then we picked it up. We did all we could and went all out."

The Raiders fired 15 shots on goal in the second period and limited Arlington Catholic to just six on goalie Kyle Williams.

Tommy Evangelista finally cut into the lead 6:04 into the second, hauling in a rebound off a slap shot and firing it home for his team-high 20th goal of the season. Leonard and Johnny Daniels notched assists on the play.

Daniels then nearly tied the game at the end of the period, taking a pass and sliding the puck into what looked to be an open net. But Cougars goalie Cam Kelley (26 saves) was able to just knock it away with his skates.

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