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LAWRENCE For the first time since it’s season opener, the state’s top ranked hockey team was held to a single goal against Andover Saturday evening.
But just as it was against BC High five weeks ago, that apparently is all unbeaten Central Catholic needs for victory.
Sean Brown netted a power play goal with six seconds left in the first period at the Lawrence Valley Forum, and the Raider defense made it stand in a 1 0 victory. Junior goalie Matt Pasquale posted his sixth shutout in nine starts for Central.
“Our goalie is very strong,” said Central coach Kim Brandvold, whose team has outscored opponents by a combined 41 5. “Our defense played hard and when we do that, we’re a tough team to beat.”
Central (10 0) controlled the action throughout, putting up 42 shots to Andover’s 15. But Golden Warriors’ goalie Cole Chingris was almost as perfect as his counterpart.
“Cole put us in position to win a hockey game,” Andover coach Chris Kuchar said. “I thought all four of our lines played well, but I felt Cole was definitely our best player . We got caught at times puck watching a little bit.”
After being denied on each of their first 13 shots during the opening period, an Andover penalty gave Central it’s first power play opportunity with less than 30 seconds left.
“(Eric Lester) started off winning the face off which was a great start to the power play because we knew we didn’t have a lot of time left,” said Brown, who has three goals on the season. “So, I think we had to get that shot off real quick so we could start it off on a good note.”
Brown, a junior left wing, took a puck from Eric Lester and fired home a one timer from the slot for the match’s only score.
“I didn’t get the full part of (the puck),
” he said. “I think it fluttered a little and just went over the goalie’s shoulder.”
It definitely finished off the first period on an upswing one that proved decisive as well as just enough.
“I saw an Andover team that plays a great team structure, willing to block shots and doing everything the right way to make it a close game,” Brandvold said of the 5 2 1 Warriors.
Andover’s best scoring opportunity came midway through the second period on a breakaway by sophomore winger Michael Feeney, but a poke check from Central senior Joseph Biddle prevented Feeney from getting off a shot.
Andover had its last power play with 12 minutes left in the game, but Central put up more shots (2) during that two minutes than the Warriors (0).
“That’s a good hockey team,” Kuchar said. “We came here not hoping to win, we came here to win. We didn’t get it. There’s no such thing as moral victories, so we have to come to practice focused (today).
“Playing teams like that will make us better in the long run. It was a great environment for high school hockey, and I think both teams benefit with a game like this. It’s what high school hockey is all about . I think a game like this will go a long way with our younger kids.”
And as the season progresses, Central knows it will continue drawing the best from opponents.
“It’s close to the halfway point, and we’re obviously doing very well,” Brandvold said. “We’d like to continue getting better. Individually, we have to play a team game every time and not go on a our own agendas. That’s really the only thing that can stop us.”
Central Catholic 1, Andover 0
Central Catholic (10 0): 100 1
Andover (5 2 1): 000 0
Goals: Sean Brown
Assists: Eric Lester
Saves: CC Matt Pasquale; A Cole Chingris 41
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