WOONSOCKET --- Mount St. Charles avenged an ugly 4-1 defeat to the Warwick co-op team six nights ago in their regular-season finale by defeating the Warwick squad by the same score on Friday night in their State Championship playoff opener at Adelard Arena.
Elisabeth Berard scored a pair of goals in the second period to erase a 1-0 deficit and help the Mounties take Game 1 of their best-of-three semifinal-round series. The Mounties can sweep the series tonight at 7 p.m. when the series resumes at Thayer Arena.
A victory tonight would send the second-seeded Mounties (14-4) to their 10th appearance in the state finals in their 11-year existence. The Mounties lost to La Salle in three games in last year’s title series.
Third-seeded Warwick, which fell to 10-8 and features players from Toll Gate, Warwick Vets, and Pilgrim, netted its goal 2:21 into the game, but Berard knotted the score with a power-play goal 1:21 into the second period and gave Mount the lead for good by netting her 22nd goal of the season with 1:28 left in the period.
Briana Castro also scored her team-leading 23rd goal of the year midway through the third period and finished her night with a pair of assists. Jordan McComb netted Mount’s other goal 44 seconds into the final period, and goalie Ari Tourtellot stopped 32 shots in a solid showing.
North Smithfield suffers tough loss to North Kingstown
KINGSTON --- What appeared to be an impressive win on the road turned into a difficult loss to swallow for North Smithfield on Friday night in the Northmen’s Division II best-of-three playoff opener against North Kingstown.
The host Skippers forced overtime by scoring a goal with one second to go in regulation, and then scored a shorthanded goal 3:38 into the extra period to skate off with a 4-3 win at URI’s Boss Arena.
The sixth-seeded Northmen (11-8) will try to even the quarterfinal-round series tonight at 7 p.m. when the series resumes on their Rhode Island Sports Center ice (only their fourth home game of the season at the Route 146 rink).
If the Northmen win, a third and deciding game will take place on Monday night back in Kingston at a time to be announced.
The Northmen actually held an early 3-1 lead in Friday’s game, thanks to goals by Maxx Forti and Zach Cordeiro in the remaining eight minutes of the opening period and Dylan Naradowy’s goal 18 seconds into the second, but the third-seeded Skippers (12-7) slowly came back.
Despite the loss, the Northmen received a standout game from senior captain and goalie Erik Pelletier, who turned away 46 shots. The Northmen took just 28 in the game.
Mount completes regular-season sweep of La Salle
WARWICK --- Mount St. Charles sewed up the No. 2 seed in the State Championship playoffs late Friday night by skating to a 3-2 victory over La Salle in their Division I-Cimini contest at Thayer Arena.
The Mounties, who are now 13-4 with tonight’s 7:30 p.m. regular-season finale against Burrillville left on their schedule, wrapped up a sweep of the Rams that included 4-2 and 6-0 victories. Mount will battle Coventry in next weekend’s best-of-three semifinals. Bishop Hendricken and La Salle will face off in the other series.