Rhode Island Boys HS Hockey: Post-Season Tournaments Get Underway Tuesday

Gary Demopoulos
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Gary Demopoulos has been covering prep school hockey for the HNIB News for over 30 years, and has been the editor of the HNIB News since 2005. A former sportswriter and news editor at the Woburn (MA) Daily Times Chronicle, he has been the HNIB News' key reporter for Mens Prep School hockey since 1988, as well as womens hockey, both at the prep school and high school levels. for almost 20 years. Gary also helps organize and oversee HNIB's many summer tournaments and festivals for scholastic players.

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The Rhode Island Interscholastic League (RIIL) post-season state tournaments in both Division 1 and Division 2 get underway on Tuesday.

In Division 1, four single-game quarterfinal games are slated for Tuesday. Here are the pairings:

#8 Cumberland (3-6-0) at #1 Mount St. Charles (8-0-1)

#5 Smithfield (4-3-2) at #4 LaSalle Academy (5-3-1)

#7 East Greenwich (2-4-3) at #2 Bishop Hendricken (6-2-1)

#6 Barrington (3-4-2) at #3 Burrillville (4-3-2)  *Game is cancelled. Burrillville will advanced to semifinals.

Semifinal best two-of-three series are scheduled for this weekend, with the first games facing off on Friday night. Game 2s would be Saturday, and, if necessary, Game 3 on Monday, March 1st.

The championship series will be held on Friday, March 5, Saturday, March 6 and, if necessary, Monday, March 8th. All semifinal and final games will be held in home rinks.

[one_half][/one_half] [one_half_last][/one_half_last] In Division 2, a total of 12 teams qualified for the post-season. D2 East, South and North winners drew the top three seeds and drew a bye into the quarterfinals, as did fourth seed North Smithfield.

Four play-in games are scheduled for Tuesday:

#12 Narragansett (2-6-0) at #5 Portsmouth (4-3-1)

#9 South Kingstown (2-6-0) at #8 St. Raphael Academy (4-3-1)

#11 Mt Hope (3-5-0) at #6 Coventry (3-5-0)

#10 Lincoln (5-1-1) at #7 Warwick Co-op (5-1-2)

The four winners will play a single-game quarterfinal scheduled for Thursday, February 25th:

Narragansett/Portsmouth winner at #4 North Smithfield (7-2-0)

South Kingstown/ St. Raphael Acadey winner at #1 Cranston West (6-0-1)

Mt. Hope/Coventry winner at #3 North Kingstown (5-2-0)

Lincoln/Toll Gate winner at #2 Rogers/Middletown/Rocky Hill (7-1-0)

Semifinal best-of-three series will begin on Saturday and the championship series will commence on March 5th.

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