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.
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.”
“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.
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.