“I fully support the change,” said Jankowski, whose Raiders were eliminated based on the tiebreaker in 2011. “You don’t have to sit there and try to do the math to figure out where you stand.”
Central faces an extra challenge in the play-in, having to go without star Mike Kelleher, who is tied for the area lead with 21 goals. He is serving a suspension for breaking MIAA rules.
“We just want to go into Monday and focus on winning that game,” said Jankowski. “We will worry about things after that. The team is still very confident.”
The Raiders still pack plenty of punch, led by Lloyd Hayes (10 goals) — the hero of the play-in victory as a freshman in 2011 — and Alex Lester (10 goals). Gorski leads an intimidating defense, and goalie Colin Soucy has been a tremendous addition, with a 1.80 goals-against average.
If Central does advance, the Raiders earn a date with top-seeded St. John’s Prep, a team they defeated in the regular season.
“We have had good fortune to be a part of this tournament,” said Jankowski. “And it comes down to defense and goaltending most of the time. The team is thrilled, and we just want to play.”
Division 1A (Super 8)
Top Seeds: 1. St. John’s Prep 17-2-1, 2. Springfield Cathedral 15-1-4; 3. BC High 12-3-3, 4. Austin Prep 13-1-6
Power Players: Mike Kelleher, Central Catholic, 21 goals, 6 assists; Lloyd Hayes, Central, 10-9—19; Colin Soucy, Central, 1.80 goals-against average; Brian Pinho, St. John’s Prep/North Andover, 12-24—36; Billy Price, St. John’s Prep, 1.35 GAA; Tyler Sifferlen, Malden Catholic/Nroth Andover, 13-14—27; Ara Nazarian, Malden Catholic, 16-15—31; Patrick Kramer, BC High, 11-16—28; Peter Cronin, BC High, 1.38 GAA; Liam Coughlin, Catholic Memorial, 24-15—39; Brendan Collett, Catholic Memorial, 2.39 GAA; Nolan Vesey, Austin Prep/North Reading, 13-11—24; Elijah Harris, Austin Prep/Haverhill, 2.09 GAA; Peter Crinella, Springfield Cathedral, 22-15—37; John Liquori, Springfield Cathedral, 1.93 GAA; Sam D’Antuono, Hingham, 17-13-30