WOONSOCKET --- The rematch contained half as many goals and not as much drama as the first meeting, but it did give Mount St. Charles Academy something the team was unable to grab its first time out with Moses Brown.
A lopsided victory.
The Mounties produced three power-play goals and two shorthanded scores and put a firm grasp on their lead in the Division I standings on Friday night by skating to an impressive 6-0 win over second-place Moses Brown before a large gathering at Adelard Arena.
Zachary Samborsky scored a pair of goals, his 14th and 15th of the season, to lead the way for the Mounties, who bumped their record to 13-1-1 and made their coach, Dave Belisle, a very proud one during his post-game remarks.
“We were focused today,” said Belisle. “We played very well on Wednesday (in a 7-3 win) against Hamden (Conn.) and we were ready for this hockey game tonight. You could tell by the effort that was put out there.
“All three lines played awesome hockey, the special teams were fantastic -- two shorthanded goals, three power-play goals, our goaltender played great again, and our defense in front of him did a great job. All the aspects of our game today was there and that’s a good sign for us.”
The victory also gives the three-time defending state champions a cozy four-point cushion over the Quakers and Bishop Hendricken (both 10-3-1) in the standings.
The Mounties have three games remaining, all against the bottom half of the division, and they can sew up a share of the regular-season title tomorrow night when they hit the road to face sixth-place neighboring foe Burrillville in an 8:30 p.m. affair at Levy Rink.
“We got a big game again tomorrow night against Burrillville,” said Belisle, whose crew only beat the Broncos by a 2-0 score earlier in the season. “We have to come back and continue to play this type of hockey.”
In their first game with the Quakers, a wild 6-6 tie back on Jan. 8 at Thayer Arena, the Mounties came back from a 6-3 deficit by scoring three times in the final five minutes to force overtime and eventually settle for the draw.
The Mounties also didn’t turn in a solid performance from start to finish in that game, but on Friday night, they kept their foot on the gas from the very start and didn’t let it off.
MSC goaltender Dan Foster, who stopped just 18 of 24 shots in the January meeting, also gave a much better showing in the rematch and turned away 18 shots for the shutout. Foster’s best stop came on a partial breakaway by Nathan Farrington with five minutes to play in second period.
Trevor Plante got the Mounties on the board with a shorthanded goal (his 20th of the season) that saw him steal the puck from a defenseman in the left faceoff circle and blast a shot that squeezed through the pads of goaltender Charles Simmons and trickled over the goal line.
The Mounties didn’t double their lead until a little over six minutes into the second period on a goal by Derek Deschene that he scored off a pass from behind the net by Alex Erban. Deschene, who took the pass on the doorstep of the goal, flipped it past Simmons with ease.
With 1:11 to go in the period, the Mounties boosted their lead to 3-0 with a power-play goal by Mike Magerman, his 13th tally of the season. He was positioned in front of the Quakers’ net when he redirected a slap shot from Samborsky past Simmons.
Samborsky made it a 4-0 contest just 36 seconds into the final period with another power-play goal, as he one-timed a pass from Shamus Maloney through a swam of players and between Simmons’ pads.
Power-play goal No. 3 came 4:52 into the period off the stick of freshman Dom Rovero, an unassisted score that was his first career goal, and Samborsky capped the scoring with a shorthanded goal with 5:11 to play.
Moses Brown 0 - 0 - 0 -- 0
Mount St. Charles 1 - 2 - 3 -- 6
First period: MSC -- Trevor Plante (unassisted), shorthanded, 9:20. Penalties: MB, 1-2; MSC, 2-4.
Second period: MSC -- Derek Descehene (Alex Erban, Brian Campbell), 6:03; MSC -- Mike Magerman (Zachary Samborsky), power play, 13:49. Penalties: MB, 1-2; MSC, 2-4.
Third period: MSC -- Zachary Samborsky (Shamus Maloney, Mike Magerman), power play, :36; MSC -- Dom Rovero (unassisted), power play, 4:54; MSC -- Zachary Samborsky (Shamus Maloney, Derek Deschene), shorthanded, 10:49. Penalties: MB, 2-4, MSC, 1-2.
Shots on goal: Moses Brown 18, Mount St. Charles 30. Goalie saves: MB -- Charles Simmons (12 saves), MSC -- Dan Foster (18 saves).