WOONSOCKET -- A red-hot goalie and a forward who gave the team fits during the regular season teamed up to hand Mount St. Charles a tough loss in Game 1 of the State Championship best-of-three semifinal-round series.
Tyler Walsh turned away 45 shots and Bryan Lemos supplied the scoring to lead La Salle to a 2-1 victory and put the Rams one win away from a trip to the state finals before a packed house at Adelard Arena.
The third-seeded Rams (12-6-1) will look to end the Mountiesâ€™ bid for a fifth straight state championship tonight when the series resumes tonight at 7 p.m. at Thayer Arena.
If the Mounties (14-5) bounce back to win this game, then the series will be decided on Monday night at Adelard Arena and a time to be announced.
All tickets for a potential Game 3 tickets will only be available on Monday morning and afternoon at each school. No tickets will be sold at the door.
In Fridayâ€™s game, Lemos netted his first goal just 1:08 into the game. Mount knotted the score 3:18 into the second period on a power-play goal by Brian Belisle that was assisted by Ryan Berard, but Lemos untied it four minutes later with a shorthanded goal.
Mount goalie Brian Larence finished the game with 27 saves.