WARWICK --- Brandon Borges saved the season for Mount St. Charles.
The sophomore right wing produced the biggest goal of his young high school career on Saturday night in the second overtime of Game 2 of MSC’s best-of-three State Championship semifinal-round series against La Salle.
Borges scored off a pass from junior Brian Belisle 39 seconds into the second 7½-minute session to lead the Mounties to a heart-pounding 4-3 triumph over the Rams before a packed house at Thayer Arena.
The Mounties, who had dropped a 2-1 verdict in Friday’s series opener, send the series back to Adelard Arena for a 7:30 p.m. third and deciding game and a chance to face Bishop Hendricken in next weekend’s championship series.
All the tickets for this showdown will only be available on Monday morning and afternoon at each school. No tickets will be sold at the door.
The four-time defending champions (15-5) sent Saturday’s duel into OT when Belisle scored his second goal of the game with 12 seconds left in regulation.
Nick Bennett scored the Mounties' other goal to open the third period and tie the score at 2-2. La Salle then reclaimed the lead on a goal by Jason Delisle, but Mount soon struck for the equalizer on Belisle's dramatic goal.
Brian Larence delivered 26 saves in net for Mount.
Hendricken ends Burrillville’s remarkable season
BURRILLVILLE --- For the second straight night, Burrillville gave regular-season champion Bishop Hendricken everything it could handle and more in their State Championship semifinal-round series.
But again, the Hawks managed to hold off the determined Broncos and claw out another close victory, this one a 3-2 win at Levy Arena that gave them a hard-fought sweep of their best-of-three series.
After a scoreless first period, the Broncos (13-7) struck for a pair of goals in the first five minutes of the second period to the delight of their large fan base that filled every corner of the arena.
But the Hawks (16-3-1) knotted the score by scoring twice in the final 4:04 of the period, and then they went ahead to stay 2:55 into the last period on Matt Creamer’s second goal of the night.
Zachary Keach (with assists to Pat Callanan and Mitch Lafond) and Callahan (off assists from Evan Lafond and Glen St. Pierre) accounted for the Broncos’ goals, and goalie Jacob Toback was tremendous in stopping 42 shots.
The Broncos only managed 24 shots on Hawks goalie William Palmer.
Portsmouth sweeps Cumberland from Div. II playoffs
PORTSMOUTH --- The third time battling Portsmouth in the playoffs wasn’t the charm for Cumberland.
The Patriots knocked off the Clippers for the third year in a row on Saturday night in Game 2 of their best-of-three Division II quarterfinal-round series at Portsmouth Abbey’s rink.
The Patriots scored three goals in the final 9:23 of the game to post a 4-1 win over the Clippers, sweep the series, and advance to next weekend’s semifinal round.
After a scoreless first period, the Clippers, who finish the season with an 11-7-2 mark (1-6-1 in their last eight games), jumped on the board 2:24 into the second period on a goal by Greg Wellington that was set up by Mike Kinch and Tom Malloy, but the Patriots (12-6-2) tied the score 5½ minutes later.
Goalie Patrick Noke stopped 33 shots for the Clippers, who were outshot 37-30.