He remained on the ice for a moment, but bounced up, put his helmet back on and shook off the hit.
“A few of the saves he made we should count two or three times,” said Jankowski. “He made some amazing stops to keep us in the game. The backdoor stop he made in the second period was amazing. He gave us the chance to stay in this game as poorly as we played.”
Thanks in large part to Soucy’s play, Central was able to grab the lead 1-0 with 6:53 to go in the second period.
Alex Lester played the puck into the net, and Lloyd Hayes was able to haul in the bouncing puck and stuff it into the net for a goal, his second of the Super 8 and third in three games against the Eagles including regular season play.
“We got that first goal and we were excited,” said Jankowski. “But it would have been nice to be able to build some momentum off that. We had a little momentum, then we gave it right back and we were right back on our heels again.”
Just 22 seconds after Hayes’ goal, the Prep struck right back when a deflected puck eluded Soucy into the goal. The Raider goalie was able to hold the Eagles in check of the rest of that period, but St. John’s scored the go-ahead tally 5:20 into the third. The Eagles then locked up the victory with the empty-netter with 1:06 left.
The Raiders now hope to regain some of the magic from their Game 1 upset victory and earn their second straight trip to the Super 8 semis.
“We’re going to be ready,” said Jankowski.
“We need to get back to what we did in our first game. We can’t allow so much pressure in our zone. We need to have that jump and execute.”
agateHed:St. John’s Prep 3, Central Catholic 1
agateText:Game 2, Super 8 first round series
St. John’s Prep (18-3-1): 0 1 2 — 3
agateText:Central Catholic (15-6-3): 0 1 0 — 1
agateText:Goals: CC — Lloyd Hayes; SJP — Conor Murray, Nic Gianelli, Cam Shaheen
agateText:Assists: CC — Alex Lester; SJP — Sheehan, Paul Crehan, James Currier, Evan Dinu, Brent Murray, Brian Pinho
agateText:Saves: CC — Colin Soucy 39; SJP — Billy Price 11