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Rhode Island HS Championship Series: Game 3 winner-take-all contests tonight in D1 and D2

There are two games left in the Ocean State to decide the two champions of its top two divisions.

If you love hockey in Rhode Island, this is what it’s all about. Four teams battling for state titles in winner-take-all Game 3s Monday night, March 26, at Meehan Auditorium at Brown University.

In the opener, Coventry meets Barrington at 5:30 p.m. in Game 3 of the Division 2 best-of-three series. Following is the nightcap between Bishop Hendricken and LaSalle, which duke it out for the rights to the Division 1 title in the final game of their three-game series.

Dominic Robidoux

Coventry makes it a Series in Game 2 OT

Barrington had a solid Game 1 opening win, 5-2. Coventry scored the game’s opening goal when Patrick Egan scored short-handed 1:21 into the opening period.

Barrington, however, scored the game’s next five goals. Jacob Andreozzi, Drew Sirmalis, Luke Rudman (two) and Dominic Robidoux had those goals that spanned from 5:49 of the first period through 1:25 of the third.

Matt Spears had a huge night for the winners with four assists.

Robert Thayer

Kolye Bankauskas had Coventry’s final goal, but Barrington goalie Matthew Hosey was solid outside of that.

In Game 2, Coventry evened things thanks to Robert Thayer’s goal 24 seconds into overtime on feeds from Kyle Larivee (two) and Bankauskas for a 2-1 win. It capped a great night for Coventry, which got 45 saves from goalie Thomas Julian.

The teams traded goals in the middle period, accounting for the only scores in regulation. Robidoux started things on feeds from Spears and Rudman 10:52 into the middle period.

Coventry answered 1:01 later when Egan took passes from Kyle Wheeler and Larivee and deposited it on a power play.


LaSalle shows up for Game 2, evens things up

Bishop Hendricken made a huge statement in Game 1, handing LaSalle its first loss to a Rhode Island team since Dec. 2. The 3-1 win came thanks to goals in the third period from Hendricken’s Jack Dean and Ben DeFelice, which broke a 1-1 deadlock heading into the last 15 minutes.

Hendricken’s Dylan Webber had put his team up, 1-0, 7:38 into the opening period. LaSalle’s Brayden Edwards evened things up on a power play on assists from Ryan Schwender and John Devine 2:28 into the middle period.

But that was LaSalle’s only goal. Patrick Gribbin earned the win in net for Hendricken.

Game 2 was a different story as the team that destroyed its opponents all season showed up and won, 7-2. LaSalle took a 2-1 lead after one period and opened it up to 5-1 after two periods.

Hendricken didn’t do much to stop the LaSalle train in this one, the killer moment coming in a middle-period span of 1:39 when the winners had three goals.

Edwards led the way with a hat trick, and Zenas Kennedy added two goals. Devine and Robert Doorley had single goals for LaSalle, which got 28 saves from Justin Spencer in the win.

Shawn Catala and Peter Krekorian had the goals for Hendricken.

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 seventh 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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