Rhode Island Top 10
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No. 1 LaSalle Academy was our pre-season No. 1 and has done nothing but prove its worthy of being on top in the first half of this Rhode Island boys hockey season. The Rams hold onto that slot again after a stellar three-win week during which they defeated Mount St. Charles, 6-1, Bishop Hendricken, 5-1, and Ridgefield (CT), 3-1.
No. 2 Cumberland continues to look impressive. It beat Lincoln, 2-0, and RMR, 2-0. Cumberland has allowed just four goals in its four games this season. Looking at its schedule, it’s got a real shot at closing out January undefeated.
No. 3 Mount St. Charles had a tough one at the hands of the state’s leader, LaSalle (6-1 loss), but came back nicely with a 5-0 win over Moses Brown and a 5-0 victory over Burrillville. The Mounties are finally even at .500, having won five of seven after beginning the season 0-3.
No. 4 Bishop Hendricken fell to LaSalle, 5-1, but rebounded very nicely with an 8-0 win over Barrington, which was coming off a 9-1 win over Mount Hope. It wasn’t an easy call putting a 3-6-0 team ahead of five winning teams this week, including one unbeaten, and moving them up three slots. But we’ve got faith the defending Division 1 champs could find their way after that convincing triumph over Barrington.
No. 5 South Kingstown had two nice wins – 9-1 over Ponaganset and 6-2 over Toll Gate – and are one of four Ocean State teams with an unbeaten mark.
No. 6 Barrington fell to Bishop Hendricken and took care of Mount Hope, 9-1. They’ve got the better record than the Mounties, but an 8-2 loss to the Mounties on Jan. 4 is a tipping point.
No. 7 Smithfield fell to Burrillville, 3-2, and Xavier (CT), 5-4, and therefore fell out of the top half of the rankings in the state. It doesn’t get any easier MSC and Barrington on the schedule in the next few games.
No. 8 Lincoln got blanked by Cumberland, 2-0, in a battle of top Division 2 teams and dropped a couple of spots. They’re now on a two-game losing skid after starting 6-0-0.
No. 9 Portsmouth crushed Coventry, 10-2, and therefore gains a spot here. It’s now won four in a row.
No. 10 Pilgrim makes its poll debut this year. It has been more than holding its own in Division 3 and is currently on a six-game win streak after a season-opening tie.