PROVIDENCE --- The state finals wonâ€™t be held for another two months, but that didnâ€™t stop two-time defending champion Mount St. Charles from feeling right at home in a rare regular-season affair at Providence Collegeâ€™s Schneider Arena, the home of the RIIL hockey championships.
Senior Caitlin Shea and freshman Elisabeth Bedard each netted a pair of goals and senior Lauren Levesque added a goal and two assists on Friday night to lead the Mounties to a dominant 5-0 win over the Cranston Thunderbirds co-op team.
Briana Castro and Allison Shea each also added two assists for the Mounties, who bumped their record to 8-1 and moved back into a tie for first place with La Salle Academy, which was idle last night.
And like a handful of the Mountiesâ€™ victories this winter, this one wasnâ€™t hard to produce. They kept play in the Thunderbirdsâ€™ end of the rink for almost the entire night and ended up outshooting them by a 34-10 margin, including 15-1 in the middle period.
The Mounties needed just 21 seconds and their third shot of the night to score their first goal, as Levesque backhanded the rebound of a shot by Caitlin Shea past Thunderbirds goalie Abbey Torres.
At 4:13, Berard doubled the Mountiesâ€™ lead by slipping a pass by Castro past Torres. The Mounties wouldnâ€™t light the lamp again for the rest of the period, but they struck early and often in the second to put the game out of reach.
Caitlin Shea scored her goals in the first 5:28 of that period by tapping in the rebound of a shot by Allison Shea just 10 seconds into play, and then blasting a pass from behind the net by her twin sister five minutes later.
A minute after that score, Berard produced her second goal by again making good on a pass from Castro.
Cranstonâ€™s best chance to score came on a 5-on-3 power play that lasted 90 seconds and stretched from the end of the second period to the first minute of the third, but they were only able to manage three harmless shots.
Mounties goalie Sarah Erban, who played the first two periods, and backup Arianna Tourtellott, who took over in the third period and stopped six of the Thunderbirdsâ€™ shots, teamed up to record MSCâ€™s fifth shutout of the season.
The Thunderbirds, a three-school co-op team that features 15 players from Cranston West, six from East Greenwich, and three from Cranston East, fell to 2-5-1.
Cranston co-op 0 - 0 - 0 -- 0
Mount St. Charles 2 - 3 - 0 -- 5
First period: MSC -- Lauren Levesque (Caitlin Shea, Lauren Deguire), :21; MSC -- Elisabeth Berard (Briana Castro), 4:13.
Second period: MSC -- Caitlin Shea (Allison Shea, Lauren Levesque), :10; MSC -- Caitlin Shea (Allison Shea, Lauren Levesque), 5:28; MSC -- Elisabeth Berard (Briana Castro), 6:29.
Third period: No scoring.
Shots on goal: Cranston co-op 10, Mount St. Charles 34. Goalie saves: C -- Abbey Torres (29 saves), MSC -- Sarah Erban (four saves), Ariana Tourtellott (0:00, third period, six saves).