Hendricken senior defender Chris Shalvey (20) battles Mount junior forward Justin D’Abrosca (12) during a game earlier this season at Thayer Arena. The two squads will now face off again Friday in the opener of a best-of-three series to decide the state title.
(Photo by Ernest A. Brown)
WOONSOCKET – The storied hockey rivalry between Division I powerhouses Mount St. Charles and Hendricken will continue this weekend at Brown University in the form of the R.I. Championship Division Tournament final.
But if this best-of-three set, slated to begin at 7 p.m., Friday at Meehan Auditorium, follows the same pattern as the regular-season tilts between the two, the Mounties could be in for a short appearance.
Back on Dec. 6, the Hawks produced a 2-1 Cimini League triumph before trouncing the Mount, 4-1, at Thayer Arena on Feb. 19. Exactly 10 days later, again on Hendricken home ice, the hosts eked out a 1-0 decision.
Co-head coach Dave Belisle admitted his squad hadn’t played very well in the first pair, but did say there was hope for this final – if …
“I thought that defensively, we played extremely hard and tough in our own end, and we were able to neutralize their offense by playing better positional and more aggressive ‘D,’” said Belisle, whose legendary father, Bill, still serves as his sidekick. “Then again, it’s obvious what we need to correct is our offense. I mean, in those three games, we only put up two goals, and that’s not going to win many against Hendricken.
“We need to be better with the puck; that’s why we decided to mix it up and put a line together with (junior center) Patrick Holmes, (senior left wing) Tom Crudele and (junior right wing) Justin D’Abrosca for that last game against Hendricken,” he continued. “I thought they played well, and you could see them being a good line. I saw signs in that one, and I saw more (in the quarterfinal set) against La Salle.”
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