NEWPORT --- The Rogers/Tiverton/Rocky Hill co-op team scored three goals in the last period, including the go-ahead score with 43 seconds left in the game, late Saturday night to net a 4-2 triumph over Cumberland at the St. George’s skating facility and force a third game in their Division II best-of-three quarterfinal-round series.
The series will return to Adelard Arena, the scene of the fourth-seeded Clippers’ overtime win in Friday’s series opener, tonight at 7:30 p.m. This will mark Cumberland’s fourth game in six nights against the fifth-seeded co-op team, which played the Clippers in their regular-season finale last Wednesday night.
The Clippers (14-5-1) held a 2-1 lead after two periods of play on goals by Jaryd Dulieu and Jake Salisbury, but the Vikings (14-5-1) tied the contest on a power-play goal before netting the game-winner in the final minute.
Cumberland tried in vain to score the tying goal and pulled goalie Leo Lake in favor of a sixth attacker, but the Vikings were able to net an empty-netter to ice the verdict.
“We have to play better,” said Cumberland coach Mark Andreozzi. “We have to stay out of the penalty box and we have to put three periods together if we want to win (tonight’s game).”
Naradowy, Pelletier help Northmen even series with Skippers
NORTH SMITHFIELD --- North Smithfield bounced back nicely from its overtime loss to North Kingstown on Friday night by rolling to a 5-2 win over the Skippers on Saturday night in the second game of their best-of-three Division II quarterfinal-round series at the Rhode Island Sports Center.
Both teams will settle the series and look to advance to this weekend’s semifinals tonight in a 7 p.m. showdown at URI’s Boss Arena. The third-seeded Skippers seized the opener, 4-3, by tying the score with a goal with :00.1 showing on the clock and winning it 3:38 into overtime with a shorthanded score.
Dylan Naradowy scored a pair of goals to lead the way offensively for the sixth-seeded Northmen (12-8), and senior captain and goalie Erik Pelletier, who stopped 46 shots in Friday’s loss, was masterful again on Saturday in turning aside 43 more.
Naradowy’s goals were an unassisted score seven seconds into the game and an empty-netter late in the contest off Matt Prudhomme’s second assist of the night.
Jacob DeCelles also scored an unassisted goal – the first of his varsity career – with 2:33 left in the opening period, and after the Skippers (12-8) scored a power-play goal with a minute left, N.S. scored twice in the second period on Neil Skalubinski’s power-play goal at 8:30 and Ian Bissonnette’s goal 35 seconds later.
Undefeated Lincoln sweeps Div. II series with East Greenwich
WEST WARWICK --- Unlike the other three Division II quarterfinal-round series in the state, unbeaten Lincoln was able to sweep its best-of-three series with eighth-seeded East Greenwich on Saturday at the West Warwick Civic Center.
For the second straight night, the Lions skated to a 3-2 win over the Avengers, but unlike their victory in the series opener, Lincoln (19-0-1) needed to work overtime to put away its longtime foe.
Griffin Hevey’s goal 2:53 into the extra 7½-minute session off assists from Robbie Lake and Tyler Duquette sent the Lions into this weekend’s best-of-three semifinals. They will host the series opener on Friday night against an opponent to be determined tonight when the other three quarterfinal-round series play their Game 3s.
The eighth-seeded Avengers (10-9-1) held a 1-0 lead after a period of play, but the Lions knotted the score with 50 seconds left in the second period on a power-play goal by Ryan Krohto that was set up by Hevey.
With 1:58 left in the last period, Mike Enos gave Lincoln the lead off assists from Krohto and Duquette, but before the Avengers could think about pulling their goalie for an extra skater, they sent the game into overtime by tying the score 51 seconds later.
Lincoln netminder David Jessey also stopped 33 shots in a splendid performance.
In Friday night’s win at Lynch Arena, the Lions scored a goal in each period, with Drew Wood, Jerzy Polak, and Nick Moreau doing the honors, and goalie Chris Leclaire kicked away 16 shots.