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WOONSOCKET --- Mount St. Charles avenged an ugly 4-1 defeat to the Warwick co-op team six nights ago in their regular-season finale by defeating the Warwick squad by the same score on Friday night in their State Championship playoff opener at Adelard Arena.
Elisabeth Berard scored a pair of goals in the second period to erase a 1-0 deficit and help the Mounties take Game 1 of their best-of-three semifinal-round series. The Mounties can sweep the series tonight at 7 p.m. when the series resumes at Thayer Arena.
A victory tonight would send the second-seeded Mounties (14-4) to their 10th appearance in the state finals in their 11-year existence. The Mounties lost to La Salle in three games in last yearâ€™s title series.
Third-seeded Warwick, which fell to 10-8 and features players from Toll Gate, Warwick Vets, and Pilgrim, netted its goal 2:21 into the game, but Berard knotted the score with a power-play goal 1:21 into the second period and gave Mount the lead for good by netting her 22nd goal of the season with 1:28 left in the period.
Briana Castro also scored her team-leading 23rd goal of the year midway through the third period and finished her night with a pair of assists. Jordan McComb netted Mountâ€™s other goal 44 seconds into the final period, and goalie Ari Tourtellot stopped 32 shots in a solid showing.
North Smithfield suffers tough loss to North Kingstown
KINGSTON --- What appeared to be an impressive win on the road turned into a difficult loss to swallow for North Smithfield on Friday night in the Northmenâ€™s Division II best-of-three playoff opener against North Kingstown.
The host Skippers forced overtime by scoring a goal with one second to go in regulation, and then scored a shorthanded goal 3:38 into the extra period to skate off with a 4-3 win at URIâ€™s Boss Arena.
The sixth-seeded Northmen (11-8) will try to even the quarterfinal-round series tonight at 7 p.m. when the series resumes on their Rhode Island Sports Center ice (only their fourth home game of the season at the Route 146 rink).
If the Northmen win, a third and deciding game will take place on Monday night back in Kingston at a time to be announced.
The Northmen actually held an early 3-1 lead in Fridayâ€™s game, thanks to goals by Maxx Forti and Zach Cordeiro in the remaining eight minutes of the opening period and Dylan Naradowyâ€™s goal 18 seconds into the second, but the third-seeded Skippers (12-7) slowly came back.
Despite the loss, the Northmen received a standout game from senior captain and goalie Erik Pelletier, who turned away 46 shots. The Northmen took just 28 in the game.
Mount completes regular-season sweep of La Salle
WARWICK --- Mount St. Charles sewed up the No. 2 seed in the State Championship playoffs late Friday night by skating to a 3-2 victory over La Salle in their Division I-Cimini contest at Thayer Arena.
The Mounties, who are now 13-4 with tonightâ€™s 7:30 p.m. regular-season finale against Burrillville left on their schedule, wrapped up a sweep of the Rams that included 4-2 and 6-0 victories. Mount will battle Coventry in next weekendâ€™s best-of-three semifinals. Bishop Hendricken and La Salle will face off in the other series.