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WOONSOCKET â€“ Mount St. Charles seized control early in this one en route to a 7-2 triumph over Smithfield in Game 1 of the best-of-three quarterfinals Friday night at Adelard Arena. The three-time defending state champion Mounties can close out the series with a win tonight (puck drops a 8 oâ€™clock) at the Smithfield Ice Rink.
A win would give venerable MSC head coach Bill Belisle an even 900 in his illustrious career on the bench.
The top-seeded Mounties stormed out to a 3-0 lead after one period behind two goals from Alex Erban and Michael Rocchio. Smithfield, seeded eighth, made it a 3-1 game early in the second period behind a goal power-play goal by Ryan Paul. The Mounties responded by scoring the gameâ€™s next four goals, as Brian Belisle scored twice and Steven Donahue broke into the scoring column. Rocchio added his second goal while Dan Foster recorded 24 saves.
Smithfield 0-1-1 â€“ 2
Mount St. Charles 3-4-0 â€“ 7
First Period: MSC â€“ Michael Rocchio (Ryan Berard), 2:38; MSC â€“ Alex Erban (Zach Samborsky, Trevor Plante), 8:41; MSC â€“ Erban (Plante, Shamus Maloney), 11:17.
Second Period: S â€“ (PP) Ryan Paul (Nick Bruno, Zach Silva), 2:49; MSC â€“ Brian Belisle (Ben Handanyan), 3:35; MSC â€“ (PP) Belisle (Samborsky), 5:07; MSC â€“ Steven Donahue (Callan Morisseau, Rocchio), 10:53; MSC â€“ Rocchio (Berard), 13:45.
Third Period: S â€“ (PP) Nick Gerlach (Sam LaMountain), 8:52.
Shots on Goal: S 26; MSC 29.
Goalie Saves: Matt Mattson (S) 29; Dan Foster (MSC) 24.
Cumberland edges Pilgrim
WOONSOCKET â€“ Cumberland High saved its best for last on Friday night.
The third-seeded Clippers came back from a two-goal deficit by scoring three times in the final period to edge No. 6 seed Pilgrim, 4-3, in the opener of their Division II quarterfinal matchup at Adelard Arena. Greg Miller netted the game-winner, scoring with just 58 seconds remaining in the game.
The Clippers, who finished atop the Div. II-North standings at 13-3-2, took a 1-0 lead after the first period when Chris Lambert scored at 9:37. The Patriots dominated the second period with three unanswered goals. It was a stanza that was matched by the Clippers in the crucial third period with Mike Kinch, Andrew Dulac and Miller all finding the net to give Cumberland a chance to sweep the best-of-3 series that resumes tonight at Thayer Arena.
Pilgrim 0-3-0 â€“ 3
Cumberland 1-0-3 â€“ 4
First period â€“ C, Chris Lambert (Andrew Dulac, Caleb Doherty) 9:37. Penalties â€“ C, 1-2. P, 2-4.
Second period â€“ P, Evan Joyal (Casey Casale, Nick McGuirl) :57; P, McGuirl (Joyal, Dylan Legare) 7:40; P, Cody Weaver (McGuirl, Legare) 11:02pp. Penalties â€“ C, 2-4. P, 0-0.
Third period â€“ C, Michael Kinch (Joshua Engels) :51; C, Dulac (Josh Pora, Ryan Huber) 7:23; Greg Miller (T.J. Salisbury) 14:02. Penalties â€“ C, 0-0. P, 0-0.
Saves â€“ C, Michaelangelo Federici 21. P, Ian Giuttari 21. Shots â€“ C 25. P 24.