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Rhode Island D2 Finals: Barrington holds on in Game 3 to win final series

Barrington is the 2017 RIIL Division 2 state champion

It’s a good thing Barrington stormed out to a 3-0 lead in the deciding Game 3 of the best-of-three Rhode Island Division 2 state title game.

Rogers/Middletown/Rocky Hill (RMR) started to heat up in the second and third.

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But it was too little too late, as Barrington held on for a 3-2 win in the state title game at Meehan Auditorium.

Dominic Robidoux, Joshua Roy and Michael Grieve scored in the first period for a 3-0 lead. And Barrington and goalie Joshua Cabral held off RMR down the stretch.

JC Lopes and Ben Hernowitz scored for RMR.

“The keys to the game were maintaining focus and not letting the weight of the moment overwhelm us,” Barrington coach Kevin Croke said. “We scored in bunches throughout the series. We scored all three of our goals in the first period and then held on for dear life.”

Croke said the key throughout the playoffs was winning one-goal games.

“When the games were on the line,” he said, “our stars upped their games.”

This is Barrington’s sixth hockey state championship and first since 2013.

The coach said the seniors led by example. Captain TJ Hall (27-14-41) led the league in goals and points. Captain Michael Grieve (11-23-34) led the league in assists and was second in scoring. Senior linemate Kyle Shuman (12-14-26), who returned after a year in Juniors, was their playmaker.

Barrington led the league in scoring with 85 goals during the regular season, and its senior forwards scored 50 of them.

Senior Brett Turgeon backboned the “stingiest defensive group in the league,” allowing less than 20 shots/game. The only other senior blue liner, Ian Coyne, has accepted an appointment to the US Naval Academy where he will surely bring his talents to Annapolis.

Playoff MVP, senior goalie Cabral, was second among goalies in the league with a 1.69 GAA/.910 save percentage.


Dom Nicastro

Dom Nicastro

Dom Nicastro is a veteran sportswriter and journalist whose credits include the Gloucester Daily Times, Salem News, Lawrence Eagle-Tribune and Boston Magazine. This is his third season working for Hockey Night in Boston Magazine. He covers boys Eastern Mass. Division 3 and Rhode Island. He can be reached via email at [email protected]
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