CRANSTON — Mount St. Charles is showing signs of turning the corner.
The Mounties, who outshot unbeaten Hendricken 38-23 during a 3-2 loss on Saturday night, kept the pressure on Monday during a 3-1 victory over Cranston West, outshooting the Falcons by a 60-25 margin.
Cranston West goalie Derek Hagopian made 60 saves.
“He’s the reason the game was close,” Mount coach Dave Belisle said. “I thought we played very well. We’re just having a tough time scoring. We’re making strides. This is such an inexperienced team, it is definitely still a work in progress.”
Brian Belisle scored the first two goals and assisted on the third for Mount. Brian Campbell got the final goal. Bailey Lessard started in goal and made nine saves in the first period while giving up a goal to Daniel DaSilva. The Falcons actually led 1-0 before Belisle tied the game on a shorthanded tally at the 12:43 mark of the first period, with an assist from Ryan Berard.
Regular Mount goalie Brian Larence took over in net for the final two periods and stopped 15 shots without giving a goal.
Mount will receive a big boost on Jan. 27 when defenseman Nick Bennett regains his eligibility. Bennett had transferred to Pomfret Academy last year but returned to Mount this year and will be eligible in time for Mount’s game against Hendricken on that date.
Mount St. Charles 1 – 2 – 0 – 3
Cranston West 1 – 0 – 0 -- 1
First period: 1. CW, Daniel DaSilva (Reo, Demers), 5:19. 2. MSC, Brian Belisle (Ryan Berard), 12:43, sh.
Second period: 2. MSC, Brian Belisle (Brian Campbell), 6:06; 4. MSC, Campbell (Brandon Borges, Belisle), 7:44.
Shots on goal: MSC 63, CW 25. Goalie saves: Derek Hagopian (CW) 60. Bailey Lessard (MSC ) 9 saves, 1 goal); Brian Larence (MSC) 15 saves.