Central Catholic storms back, sinks Hingham

Central Catholic’s Corey Webber (14) pokes the winner past Hingham’s John Grenier.
Central Catholic’s Corey Webber (14) pokes the winner past Hingham’s John Grenier.

Central Catholic roared back from an early 3-0 deficit to defeat Hingham, 4-3, in overtime in the first of two Super 8 play-in games at Stoneham Arena Monday.

Corey Webber delivered the winner in the final two minutes of the sudden-death period.

“It’s unbelievable, I’m speechless. I didn’t know we could do that,” said teammate Nick Gorski.


The No. 8 Raiders (14-5-3) advance to the first round and a best-of-three series with top-seeded St. John’s Prep beginning Sunday at noon at Tsongas Center in Lowell. The ninth-seeded Harbormen (13-8-2) drop into the Division 1 tournament as the No. 2 seed in the South.

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Junior forward Sam D’Antuono scored on Central goalie Colin Soucy just 27 seconds into the contest to put the Harbormen up, 1-0. They continued to build their lead when Matt Brazel scored a shorthanded goal 2:51 into the second period and D’Antuono added his second goal of the game just four minutes later to boost Hingham’s margin to 3-0.

Central Catholic showed signs of life at the end of the second period when junior defenseman Alex Lester crashed the net and was able to poke in the puck, beginning a momentum swing for the Raiders.

“Defensively, he was in the right place all night and was great on the penalty kill. He was able to get a lot of pressure and get a little jump up in the offensive zone,” Central Catholic coach Mike Jankowski said of Lester.

Gorksi got things going for the Raiders in the third period with a four-on-four goal that brought Central Catholic within one.


The Raiders continued to fight and were finally able to net the equalizer when Kevin Regan scored on a flurry inside the final two minutes, sending the game into overtime.

“We talked going in that nobody was giving us a chance. We showed great resiliency and character. It’s the depth on this team that’s why we’re here. Somebody steps up every night,” said Jankowski.

Malden Catholic 9, Archbishop Williams 1 — In the nightcap in Stoneham, freshman Matt Filipe had two goals as the 10th-seeded Lancers (12-6-3) moved on to a best-of-three series with No. 2 seed Springfield Cathedral starting Sunday.

“He will be a really good player,” said Malden Catholic coach John McLean of Filipe. “He’s already good now. He’s just fun to watch and he’s got a tenacity around the net.”

Malden Catholic, the two-time defending Super 8 champ, scored five goals in the first.


Archbishop Williams (12-5-4) will be the No. 1 seed in the Division 1 South tournament.