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Catholic Central edges U-D Jesuit, punches ticket to state final WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • The Shamrocks celebrate on the USA Hockey Arena ice Friday night after their 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit in the first Division I semifinal game.(MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Alex Kreutzer (7) moves the puck up the ice against the Cubs in Division I semifinal action at USA Hockey Arena Friday night. The Shamrocks once again move into the finals on Saturday to take on the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Detroit Catholic Central secured another trip to the Division I State Championship game with a 4-1 victory over U of D Jesuit. The Shamrocks will match up against the winner of the Brighton/Grandville late game. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Defense has played a huge part of Detroit Catholic Central's run to the finals this year and Friday night's 4-3 victory over U of D Jesuit was no exception. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)

Catholic Central stops U-D Jesuit comeback in the third period

PLYMOUTH - The Detroit Catholic Central Shamrocks hung on for a 4-3 victory over the University of Detroit Jesuit Cubs on Friday night to advance to the MHSAA Division 1 Championship game.

The Shamrocks didn’t need long to get on the board. Sheldon Wasik banged in a rebound just over two minutes in to give Catholic Central a 1-0 lead.

The Cubs tied the game with 1:29 to play in the opening period when Nick Gawdowski and Austin Evans broke in alone on the Shamrock goal and Gadowski fed Evans for an easy tap in. But it would not last long as the Shamrocks got the goal back on the next shift when Joseph Mancinelli jammed one in. Catholic Central would add another quick one with Zachary Sprys-Tellner doing the honors, and the Shamrocks had two goals in 24 seconds to take a 3-1 lead.

“We had two mental lapses. We scored a goal to claw us back in and then get caught on the offensive side of the puck two times,” Cubs head coach Rick Bennetts said. “You can’t do that against an opponent like that.”

“Once they got their goal we knew we had to get it back as soon as possible,” Shamrocks captain Nick Macari said. “So we kind of just buckled down and worked hard the last couple minutes.”

The game was a rematch from January 8, which the Cubs won 2-1. But this game was different as the Shamrocks were able to find the net early this time and play with a lead whereas in the previous encounter it had been the Cubs that got off to the quick start and made Catholic Central play catch up.

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“Any time you get a lead at this time of year it changes the game. It’s a lot easier to play with a lead than it is to play from behind because you add another opponent on the ice in the clock as well,” Shamrocks head coach Brandon Kaleniecki said.

And after briefly tying the game late in the first period,that was something the Cubs just could not do as the Catholic Central defense and goaltender Alec Calvaruso were just too good.

The Cubs would not go away though. Trailing 4-1 entering the third period, the Cubs got a power play goal from Brendan Gumbel with 7:07 to play, and another goal from Evans with 4:15 left to tighten up the game.

Catholic Central improves to 23-7 overall. The Shamrocks will face off against the winner of the second semifinal between Brighton and Grandville. In either case, it will be a familiar foe for the Shamrocks played each team earlier in the year, beating Brighton in November, but losing to Grandville in February. Grandville and Brighton are also the two teams Catholic Central defeated for their previous two championships.

The Cubs finish the year 16-8-5 and bow out in the semifinals for the fourth straight year.

“We changed everything up this year in terms of our preparation,” Bennetts said. “We still haven’t figured out the right formula, so if we’re fortunate enough to get back here we’ll continue trying to figure it out.”

Last Updated: 3/11/2016 8:18:07 PM EST


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