STONEHAM — His face clearly showed the disappointment of a heart-breaking loss. But Central Catholic goalie Colin Soucy’s spirits were lifted by the loud chorus of “Sooooous” cheers that met him as he exited the locker room last night, courtesy of a large group of Raider fans.
“There isn’t enough time to talk about everything Colin has done for us this season,” said Central coach Mike Jankowski. “Everything has started with Colin in net. He has been the one that has given us the confidence and made everyone believe we could accomplish this (Super 8) run.”
Soucy’s first season as netminder for the Central Catholic varsity team may have came to an end last night, as the Raiders dropped the decisive third game of their best-of-3 Super 8 series to top-seeded St. John’s Prep. But the North Andover resident was still the talk of the rink following the game.
“He is the best goalie that we have faced all year,” said St. John’s Prep coach Kristian Hansen. “We have seen a lot of great goalies this season, but against us he is the best I have seen all year. It’s too bad for us he’s a junior, because we have to face him again next year.”
Soucy’s emergence as a star in net proved to be one of the biggest stories of the 2013 Super 8 tournament, whether it was his 24-save gem in Central’s upset of the Prep in Game 1, his 39-save masterpiece on Friday or his 21-save encore last night, in which he made at least three highlight-reel stops to keep Central in the game.
“I am so happy I came back to play for Central this year,” said Soucy. “You can’t get this kind of experience anywhere else in hockey. The Super 8 has such an amazing atmosphere. Over 1,000 fans cheering us on, it is so loud. That is definitely not something you get in junior hockey.