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February 17, 2013

Gilbert masterful as Andover hockey stuns Central Catholic

Warriors' goalie makes 43 saves in stunning shutout

TEWKSBURY — Andover goalie Colby Gilbert was nothing short of devastated when he allowed eight goals to archrival Central Catholic a month ago.

So when he earned his second shot at the Raiders last night, the senior netminder was out for redemption.

As it turned out, he earned his revenge, and a whole lot more.

“I’m on top of the world,” said Gilbert. “Last year, I said that, if I could have one shutout in my career, it would be against Central Catholic. So to come out against a team that crushed us last time, and to do this, is unimaginable.”

Gilbert delivered the performance of his career, making a stunning 43 saves against a relentless Raider attack, leading Andover to a shocking 3-0 upset of Central Catholic, the No. 4-ranked team in the state, last night.

“Colby is such an amazing goalie,” said senior forward Danny Keenan, who scored Andover’s final goal. “With every save, I just kept thinking, ‘He’s unbelievable.’ He stands on his head for us every game, and he is just the best.”

This marks the second time in two years Gilbert has shut out the Raiders in a crucial matchup. Last year, he made 24 saves to blank his rival by the same 3-0 score, and like this year dealt what could be a very damaging blow to Central’s hopes of making the Super 8.

The victory was also a big one for the Warriors, who needed three points in their final three games to earn a postseason berth. With this win, they need just one tie in their final two games to make the tourney.

“That last game (the 8-1 loss) was just as bad as it gets,” said Gilbert. “So to think of coming in today and pitching a shutout is something I never imagined. But once I got through the first period without giving up a goal I was feeling pretty confident.”

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