“I felt like I played really well the first two games (of the St. John’s Prep series). I wish I could have this game back, but I feel like I was OK.”
The Raiders had no idea they had hit the jackpot when they welcomed Soucy back this season, after he left to play junior hockey during his sophomore year.
“We really didn’t know what we had,” said Jankowski. “We knew he was a great competitor and a great kid. But he has really stepped in and done such a great job for us. As a player, a student and as a person, he represents everything we want out of a Central Catholic athlete.
“It doesn’t matter if it was Day 1 at the Valley Forum or a do-or-die game like today, he came up big for us every time we needed him.”
Soucy, who played JV Central as a freshman before going to juniors, shined in the regular season, playing in every game and finishing with a 1.80 goals-against average and a pair of shutouts.
But he saved most of his best work for the Super 8. First it was blanking Hingham in the third period and overtime to allow his teammates to rally back and win the play-in game, then he delivered against the Prep, a team he also made 27 saves against in a regular season win.
“Soucy just kept making stop after stop and he really started to frustrate us,” said Hansen. “We were lucky to get the goals that we did. We were very impressed by him. He has a great future in this game.”
But, at the moment, Soucy is focused on his job at Central Catholic.
“I wish it hadn’t ended like this,” said Soucy. “But it has been an incredible ride. Being with the guys, doing all this with them. Having people doubt us and still make it. I missed that while playing in juniors. I wish it could keep going. I can’t wait to get back on the ice.”
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