CENTENNIAL | Hardly anything ever goes as planned in the state ice hockey playoffs, but a couple of things went just the way Regis Jesuit hoped they would Friday.
First, the Raiders capitalized on a designed play that turned into a goal by Andre Dugas just 16 seconds into their first round playoff contest against Heritage at Family Sports Center and second, they kept their foot on the gas on their way to a commanding 8-0 win.
Dugas, Jack Kilkenny and Cale Woodley each scored two goals and defensemen Carmine Lonardo and Thomas Jahde also tallied for Regis Jesuit, which improved to 18-0-1 on the season.
Coach Dan Woodley’s team moved into the second round, where it will face Resurrection Christian — a 3-0 winner over Doherty — at 11 a.m. at Family Sports Center with a spot in the Frozen Four on the line.
“It was definitely good to get our feet under us and get the playoff intensity up,” Jahde said. “The playoffs are a different set of games, but it was a good all-around performance for the team.”
Dan Woodley had a lot to be happy about in the playoff opener, especially that a designed play off the opening faceoff turned into the coveted first goal right away.
The Raiders won the faceoff, got in deep and Dugas put the puck in with assists from Grant Johnson and John Kane.
“The beauty of that was it came directly off our set plan,” Woodley said. “I don’t want to get into it much deeper, but that was a specific set plan that was converted for a goal, so we were pleased on the bench to that work.
“When you work on it all week and it comes to fruition in 14 seconds, that doesn’t happen very often.”
Dugas enjoyed giving his team an early boost.
“We always focus on getting the first goal and getting into their zone on the first shift, so that felt great,” said Dugas, who added his second goal of the game in the second period with a nifty direct.
Regis Jesuit capitalized on the momentum from the early goal, with Lonardo and Kilkenny scoring to make it three-goal advantage after one period.
Cale Woodley scored twice in the second period, with Dugas and Kilkenny also contributing scores to turn the game into a rout.
On the defensive end, the Raiders suffocated the Heritage offense with countless players blocking shots, which gave goaltender Sam Gartner a game in which he didn’t have to do much other than play loose pucks.
The Eagles were credited with just four shots on goal total.
“Blocking shots is a big part of our game plan; we all take part in it and we all strive to do it,” said Jahde, who scored the final goal on a hard slap shot on a Regis Jesuit power play in the third period.
Best of all, the Raiders didn’t allow Heritage to launch any comeback like the one Cherry Creek managed in Regis Jesuit’s last game when the Bruins scored three goals in 61 seconds to tighten up a game that hadn’t been close.
Next up is a Resurrection Christian team that Regis Jesuit defeated 7-1 during the regular season, but scares Woodley.
“I’m dumbfounded that they are the sixth-place team from our league,” Woodley said. “That’s a very strong team and they’re going to come in with every intention of giving us a great game. We’ll have to be at the top of our game.”
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REGIS JESUIT 8, HERITAGE 0
Score by periods:
Heritage 0 0 0 — 0
Regis Jesuit 3 4 1 — 0
First period: Regis Jesuit — Andre Dugas (John Kane, Grant Johnson), 0:16; Regis Jesuit — Carmine Lonardo (Jack Jordan, Jack Kilkenny), 6:40; Regis Jesuit — Kilkenny (Roman West, Connor Brennan), 12:26
Second period: Regis Jesuit — Kilkenny (Spencer Chuck, Michael Baer), 3:09; Regis Jesuit — Cale Woodley (Chuck, Kyle Nelson), 6:02; Regis Jesuit — Dugas (Carter Alcock, Johnson), 7:36; Regis Jesuit — Woodley (Brennan, Jacob Sannes), 11:02
Third period: Regis Jesuit — Thomas Jahde (Alcock, Jordan), 10:27
Goaltenders — Heritage: Andrew Nash (45 shots on goal-37 saves); Regis Jesuit: Sam Gartner (4 shots on goal-4 saves)