WOONSOCKET – Mount St. Charles seized control early in this one en route to a 7-2 triumph over Smithfield in Game 1 of the best-of-three quarterfinals Friday night at Adelard Arena. The three-time defending state champion Mounties can close out the series with a win tonight (puck drops a 8 o’clock) at the Smithfield Ice Rink.
A win would give venerable MSC head coach Bill Belisle an even 900 in his illustrious career on the bench.
The top-seeded Mounties stormed out to a 3-0 lead after one period behind two goals from Alex Erban and Michael Rocchio. Smithfield, seeded eighth, made it a 3-1 game early in the second period behind a goal power-play goal by Ryan Paul. The Mounties responded by scoring the game’s next four goals, as Brian Belisle scored twice and Steven Donahue broke into the scoring column. Rocchio added his second goal while Dan Foster recorded 24 saves.
Smithfield 0-1-1 – 2
Mount St. Charles 3-4-0 – 7
First Period: MSC – Michael Rocchio (Ryan Berard), 2:38; MSC – Alex Erban (Zach Samborsky, Trevor Plante), 8:41; MSC – Erban (Plante, Shamus Maloney), 11:17.
Second Period: S – (PP) Ryan Paul (Nick Bruno, Zach Silva), 2:49; MSC – Brian Belisle (Ben Handanyan), 3:35; MSC – (PP) Belisle (Samborsky), 5:07; MSC – Steven Donahue (Callan Morisseau, Rocchio), 10:53; MSC – Rocchio (Berard), 13:45.
Third Period: S – (PP) Nick Gerlach (Sam LaMountain), 8:52.
Shots on Goal: S 26; MSC 29.
Goalie Saves: Matt Mattson (S) 29; Dan Foster (MSC) 24.
Cumberland edges Pilgrim
WOONSOCKET – Cumberland High saved its best for last on Friday night.
The third-seeded Clippers came back from a two-goal deficit by scoring three times in the final period to edge No. 6 seed Pilgrim, 4-3, in the opener of their Division II quarterfinal matchup at Adelard Arena. Greg Miller netted the game-winner, scoring with just 58 seconds remaining in the game.
The Clippers, who finished atop the Div. II-North standings at 13-3-2, took a 1-0 lead after the first period when Chris Lambert scored at 9:37. The Patriots dominated the second period with three unanswered goals. It was a stanza that was matched by the Clippers in the crucial third period with Mike Kinch, Andrew Dulac and Miller all finding the net to give Cumberland a chance to sweep the best-of-3 series that resumes tonight at Thayer Arena.
Pilgrim 0-3-0 – 3
Cumberland 1-0-3 – 4
First period – C, Chris Lambert (Andrew Dulac, Caleb Doherty) 9:37. Penalties – C, 1-2. P, 2-4.
Second period – P, Evan Joyal (Casey Casale, Nick McGuirl) :57; P, McGuirl (Joyal, Dylan Legare) 7:40; P, Cody Weaver (McGuirl, Legare) 11:02pp. Penalties – C, 2-4. P, 0-0.
Third period – C, Michael Kinch (Joshua Engels) :51; C, Dulac (Josh Pora, Ryan Huber) 7:23; Greg Miller (T.J. Salisbury) 14:02. Penalties – C, 0-0. P, 0-0.
Saves – C, Michaelangelo Federici 21. P, Ian Giuttari 21. Shots – C 25. P 24.