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WARWICK â€” Mount St. Charles continued its early-season success Saturday night at Thayer Arena with a 9-1 triumph over a Lincoln squad thatâ€™s still finding out what life in the stateâ€™s top division is all about. This season saw the Lions jump to Division I after competing the last several years in the now-defunct I-A circuit.
Only a power play goal from Lincolnâ€™s William Nesbitt late in the third period prevented MSC from posting its third consecutive shutout. Michael Magerman and Alex Erban supplied the firepower for the Mounties, each player recording a hat trick.
â€śThereâ€™s a few things that hit us hard (Saturday),â€ť stated Lincoln second-year head coach Jim Riel. â€śWe have a couple of injuries right now as weâ€™re trying to make the adjustment to the speed of the game. Plus we have some young guys playing right now.
â€śThe difference right now between us and some of the top teams is what our growth spurt is,â€ť Riel continued. â€śWe have a higher potential range than some of those top teams who play year around. Private school teams are based on skill. With us, weâ€™re committed to figuring out our identity in this division, adjusting accordingly to the play and getting better.â€ť
The three-time defending state champion Mounties held a 2-0 lead midway through the contest before turning on the after burners. MSC scored three goals in the final six minutes of the second period to take a commanding five-goal cushion into the final 15 minutes.
â€śThey turned it out, but personally, I thought a lot of their goals were the result of us making mental mistakes,â€ť said Riel, his squad now 0-3. â€śThatâ€™s one of the adjustments we have to make. Mental mistakes this year, we canâ€™t overcome them as quick as we did last year.â€ť
MSC lit the lamp four times in the third period as Magerman scored twice, the second goal a shorthanded tally coming 29 seconds after Nesbitt got the Lions on the scoreboard.
â€śI thought we did a good job of limiting their shots from the outside,â€ť said Riel, noting the 43 stops by goalie Cody Phillips. â€śThey didnâ€™t have wide open, tap-in goals. We did have a few mental lapses where we got caught watching the puck instead of finding the man in the slot. The more we limit those mistakes, the more we give ourselves a chance to stay in the game.â€ť
Mount returns to the ice for a pair of games next weekend, including Bishop Hendricken Saturday at Thayer. Lincoln travels to URIâ€™s Boss Arena for a date with North Kingstown this Friday. It will be rematch of the two teams that skated for the I-A title last season.
Mount St. Charles 2-3-4 â€“ 9
Lincoln 0-0-1 â€“ 1
First Period: MSC â€“ Michael Magerman, 2:16; MSC â€“ Magerman, ppg (Zachary Samborsky), 12:07.
Second Period: MSC â€“ Alex Erban (Brian Campbell, Michael Rocchio), 9:38; MSC â€“ Erban (Campbell, Shamus Maloney), 8:17; MSC â€“ Trevor Plante (Magerman, Ben Handanyan), 14:46.
Third Period: MSC â€“ Campbell (Rocchio), :36; MSC â€“ Magerman (Samborsky, Plante), 3:17; MSC â€“ Erban, ppg (Brian Belisle), 6:01; L â€“ William Nesbitt ppg (Matt Young, Jerzy Polak), 9:45; MSC â€“ Magerman, shorthanded, 10:09.
Shots on Goal: MSC 15-22-15 â€“ 52; L 0-2-5 â€“ 7
Goalie Saves: Daniel Foster (MSC) 6; Cody Phillips (L) 43.