WOONSOCKET --- Mount St. Charles endured one of its toughest tests to date on Friday night when the East Bay (Barrington/Mount Hope/Portsmouth) co-op squad bused into Adelard Arena for a crossover affair, but the Mounties were still able to come away with a hard-fought 3-1 win.
The Mounties ran into a very hot goaltender in Sophie Faxon, who turned away 42 shots, but did all the damage they needed to do late in the first period on a pair of goals by junior Briana Castro (her 11th and 12th of the season) to net their sixth victory in seven games.
With 2:07 left in the period, Castro opened the night’s scoring by netting her 11th goal of the year with the help of assists from Alisha Sleboda and Elizabeth Berard.
East Bay, which leads the DeCosta Division with a 5-2 mark, tied the contest with a power-play goal 31 seconds later, but Mount took the lead for good with six seconds to go in the period on a power-play goal by Castro that was also set up by Sleboda and Berard.
After a scoreless second period, Sleboda gave Mount a bit of breathing room with an unassisted, insurance goal 2:13 into the third.
Ari Tourtellot only needed to stop 11 shots in net for Mount, which will return to action tonight at 7:30 p.m. and host the second-year Lincoln/Cumberland co-op team at Adelard Arena.
Wainwright, Cumberland boys hold off Middletown, 3-2, for Div. II win
WOONSOCKET --- Cumberland received a pair of goals from John Wainwright and outshot Middletown by a near 2-to-1 ratio on Friday night, yet the Clippers found themselves defeating the Islanders by a narrow 3-2 score in their Division II crossover affair at Adelard Arena.
The Clippers, who are 5-2, outshot the Islanders (3-3) by a 49-25 count, but had their problems putting the puck past Middletown goalie Dennis Turano, who ended up with 46 saves.
Wainwright netted his first goal 3:44 into the game, and after the Islanders tied the contest with 1:52 to go in the first period, the Clippers answered back on Greg Wellington’s goal with eight seconds left in the period and Wainwright’s other goal, a power-play score, 2:45 into the second period.
The Islanders cut their deficit in half with 3:39 to play in the game, but Cumberland goalie Leo Lake kept the visitors off the board the rest of the way and ended up with 23 saves.
Lincoln/Cumberland girls' co-op team shines in loss to unbeaten La Salle
SMITHFIELD --- The Lincoln/Cumberland co-op team did its best to give undefeated La Salle Academy a run for its money on Friday night at the Smithfield Municipal Rink, but the Rams, with the help of a four-goal outburst in the first 6½ minutes of the last period, were able to skate away with a 6-2 crossover victory.
The locals, who dipped to 3-4, were tied with the Rams (7-0) at 1-1 at the end of a period of play, thanks to Marissa Isabella’s unassisted goal with 5:02 left in the period. The Rams then took the lead with 1:19 left in the second period, before blowing the game open early in the third.
Cassidy DiPaola notched the locals’ other goal, an unassisted tally, at the end of the final period, and Lincoln goalie Ashley Devolve stopped 34 shots.