CM puts on a display
Knights shift to overdrive, run over Central Catholic
BILLERICA -- They wanted an ordainment, but they got a history lesson.
Central Catholic, in its Super 8 debut, bowed to top seed and perennial favorite Catholic Memorial, 10-1, last night at Chelmsford Forum.
"You never get a break," Central Catholic coach Mike Jankowski said. "You can't make a mistake. You can't cough up the puck here and there. Even if you're with them, you have to have them all the way. They're just a fantastic team."
The Bracket 1 first-round loss puts eighth-seeded Central Catholic (17-3-2) in a hole, as it still has to face No. 4 Malden Catholic and No. 5 Weymouth. CM (15-2-2), meanwhile, conducted business as usual in the Super 8 opener. The Knights beat St. John's Prep in their first game in 1998, 13-1, and Falmouth, 11-0, in 1995.
"They're very even-keeled," CM coach Bill Hanson said of his team. "They're a throwback team. They just play. There's no ulterior motives, no hidden agendas. They're just playing."
Central had a ray of hope after one period, down by two goals, but CM erupted for four goals in each of the final two frames, displaying athleticism, superior decision-making, and conditioning to wear down its opponent.
"What can I say?" Hanson asked. "We're in good shape. Our game is good right now. We're in superb condition. We skated Sunday at Harvard for an hour and 45 minutes at a fever pace."
CM had its trademark balanced scoring, led by senior forwards Ryan Smith (two goals, three assists) and Coleman Noonan (two goals, three assists). Senior forward Tyler Medeiros added a goal and two assists, and senior defenseman Mike Keenan had three assists. Junior forward Mike Collins and senior forward Bryan Rosata had two goals apiece as the Knights outshot Central, 43-13.
CM's Angelo Todesca opened the scoring two minutes into the first period, winding up on a shot in the left circle. Collins followed a minute later, taking advantage of a miscue in the slot. Rosata and Smith combined to make it 4-0 after eight minutes in the middle frame, as Rosata slammed in a rebound and Smith provided an off-balance lifter.
Central ended its drought with six minutes left in the second, as Matt Girouard scored on a shorthanded breakaway, but Smith and Rosata each scored again before the period was through.
CM controlled the final period. Medeiros scored on a two-on-one 2 1/2 minutes into the period, and Collins scored on a wide-open shot from the right circle five minutes later to make it 8-1.
"Defensively, offensively, they work well," Jankowski said. "They cycle tremendously. For us, it's a round-robin tournament. We have to try and keep it positive."