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March 22nd, 2015
WEST WARWICK — In the first four games between the Cumberland and Coventry hockey teams, it was hard to tell which team was the favorite to win the Division I Eccleston title and which team was rebuilding and had to battle just to reach the semifinals.
That wasn’t the case Saturday night at Magiera Rink.
PAWTUCKET – Burrillville High head coach Bill Robinson had just walked out of his club's dressing room when asked what he told his team after it had posted a 7-2 bashing of Barrington on Saturday night.
Before he could utter a sound, several celebratory screams went out, so he just needed pointed at the door following a most physical victory, one that led to a two-games-to-none sweep of the R.I. Division I/Eccleston League semifinal at Lynch Arena on Saturday night.
BURRILLVILLE – Senior captain Chad Stone notched a terrific hat trick and classmate Pat McConnell chipped in a goal and a feed as Burrillville High lambasted Barrington, 6-1, in the opener of a R.I. Division I/Eccleston League Tournament semifinal set at Levy Rink on Friday night.
Nick Koprusak and Tyler Kearney each contributed two assists for the Broncos, who can sweep the Eagles with a victory at Lynch Arena tonight at 7:15.
NORTH SMITHFIELD – Through the opening two stanzas, North Smithfield High’s icemen failed to exhibit the high-flying style of play that helped them crush East Providence by identical 8-0 scores in its R.I. Division II Tournament quarterfinal sweep last weekend.
The reason: Narragansett played a more aggressive, physical type of hockey, one that kept the top-seeded Northmen off kilter for a complete 30 minutes in this highly-entertaining semifinal opener held Friday night.
WOONSOCKET – The track record of Cumberland and Coventry hooking up in games decided by one goal continued Friday night at Adelard Arena.
And just like the three regular-season encounters, the Clippers emerged victorious.
Broncos ready to take on Barrington
BURRILLVILLE – Under first-year head coach Bill Robinson, Burrillville High coasted to a 15-3-0 mark in Division I/Eccleston, with its lone losses coming only to league champion Cumberland (twice) and Prout.
Three of those victories came at the expense of Barrington, the Broncos' foe in this weekend's R.I. Division I/Eccleston Tournament semifinal series, one that begins Friday night at 7:30 at Levy Rink.
The respective scores: 4-1 on Dec. 13, 5-3 on Jan. 16 and 5-3 on Feb. 27.
KINGSTON — After playing two, slow-down Atlantic 10 Tournament conference games over the weekend, the No. 3 Rhode Island basketball team finally found an opponent that was willing to play an up-tempo, 94-foot contest.
In the first round of the National Invitational Tournament, the Rams and No. 6 Iona traded dunks, 3-pointers, transition buckets and free throws – lots and lots of free throws – for 40 minutes Tuesday night.
PROVIDENCE – The state’s ball fields are nowhere near ready for use. Bur no, interscholastic spring sports are not being canceled. Nor will regular-season games be reduced, as of yet.
“We put out to the athletic directors: What can we do?” said Interscholastic League Executive Director Tom Mezzanotte during Monday’s Principals’ Committee on Athletics meeting.
PROVIDENCE – A little divine intervention can never hurt, so why not give it a shot?
Minutes after Mount St. Charles Athletic Director Richard Lawrence arrived at Brown University's Meehan Auditorium prior to the R.I. DeCosta Division Tournament rubber tilt between his Mounties and Warwick Co-op, he strolled down the steps to the near bench.
There, he had a few words for head coach Tony DiLorenzo, then walked slowly back to his seat next to assistant A.D. Ray Leveille.
WOONSOCKET– After a season that ran the emotional gamut, Mount St. Charles coach Dave Belisle was thankful for his support system.
His team’s season drew to a close Saturday night as Bishop Hendricken scored five unanswered goals to take Game 2 of the best-of-three State Championship Division semifinals, 6-2, at Adelard Arena.