No sophomore jinx for Cumberland goalie Jack Byrne. The netminder shut down Providence Country Day/St. Raphael/Wheeler in the decisive 1-0 win in Game 3 of the Division 2 Rhode Island state championship.
Cumberland won the series, 2-1, and takes the title.
Byrne made 21 saves and blanked PSW even though it had a power play for good part of the final third of the final period. He was named MVP of the championship series.
The state-championship clinching goal came from Cumberland’s Domenic Rousseau, who redirected in a shot from Sean Meers early in the second period.
Cumberland finished 22-1-1, the only loss coming in the state finals. PSW finished strong at 17-6.
Jackson Shevlin won it for Cumberland in overtime (2-1 final) in Game 1 on a feed from Aidan Clarey, who had an earlier goal. Ben Kailher scored for PSW.
It was the first of two overtime games in the series. Game 2 went that way, too, with PSW winning, 4-3. Bennett Hicks and Cam Yee (two goals) had put PSW on top, 3-0. Hicks later scored the game-winner in overtime. Pimental had 10 saves in the extra frame.