It’s hard to believe, but some teams have hit or are about to hit the halfway point of the Rhode Island high school hockey season. Here’s a look at the landscape as we head into the final full week of January…
LaSalle currently sits in first overall at 8-0 (12-1 overall) with Bishop Hendricken (5-1-0) behind them. East Greenwich sits behind BH at 5-1-0. Moses Brown (3-4-0) and Smithfield (2-2-1) round out the top five.
Cumberland, Mt. St. Charles, Warwick, Burrillville, Barrington and Prout are off to slower-than-usual starts, but have shown some flashes at times. Barrington in particular will be a very interesting team to watch moving forward.
Barrington’s RI losses thus far are: 1-0 and 3-1 to LaSalle, 4-3 to Bishop Hendricken, 1-0 to East Greenwich and 2-0 to Cumberland. The Eagles also beat Mount Hope 12-0 in the Annual JP Medeiros Cup. As for how they’ve done against non-league competition, that’s been positive too even though the overall record (3-6-3) isn’t aesthetically pleasing.
The Eagles beat Xavier (CT) 3-2 in OT , tied Falmouth (MA) 3-3, tied Mansfield (MA) 2-2, and tied New Canaan, CT 2-2 – who at the time was No. 1 in HNIB’s CT rankings. The Eagles lost to Gloucester (MA) 7-5 as well. Keep an eye out for them in the second half of the season.
“I think we’re all looking forward to an exciting second half of the season,” said Barrington head coach Kevin Croke.
At the time of this story, Hendricken’s Nick DeFelice led D1 in scoring with 15 points (8G, 7A) while teammate Matthew Moretti is in second with 13 points (5 goals, 8 assists). Moses Brown’s Owen O’Farrell is third with 11 points (6G, 5A). LaSalle’s Michael Brouillard (6G, 5A) and Thomas Sheehan (3 goals, 8 assists) round out the top five.
LaSalle had last weekend off from in-state play but did pick up an impressive 5-1 win over New Canaan (CT). Hendricken took on Warwick Saturday and beat them 3-1 to keep pace. Hendricken got two goals from Ryan Staples and one from DeFelice while Andrew Carr made 16 saves in the win.
East Greenwich also had the weekend off, but Moses Brown had an important couple days, beating Mt. St. Charles 4-2 on the 21st and then Smithfield 3-2 the next night.
We’ve got a tight race atop the D2 standings heading into the second half of the year.
North Kingstown (6-1-2) is alone in first with 14 points. Rogers/Middletown/Rocky Hill is now in second (5-3-1) while Portsmouth (5-5-0) and Cranston (4-5-2) are lurking behind with 10 points each.
Lincoln has had a tough year, but there’s a cool story happening within the program many may not know about. Paul Harvey has “taken it upon himself, with the help of his parents, to strap on the goalie pads and really save a team’s season,” said head coach Mike Forrest.
Rogers/Middletown/Rocky Hill’s Keaton O’Shea has been tearing it up and leads D2 in points with 19 points (10G, 9A). Cranston’s Justin Drohen (9G, 6A) isn’t far behind with 15 points. Jonathan Lopes (8G, 6A) is third in D2 with Lincoln’s Devin Cormier (10G, 3A) and Gately Conall (7G, 6A) of North Kingstown are tied with 13 points.
On January 20, North Kingstown hammered North Smithfield 6-1. Chris Marcoux actually gave NS a 1-0 lead in the first and after a scoreless second, NK finally broke through with a six-goal third. Gately, Zach Matthis, Jake Rodger, Marcus Macchioni, Evan Englehardt and Ronan Gately all scored in the win. On the 22nd, NK squeaked by Portsmouth 2-1. Conall Gately and Joe Rocco traded goals in the first and it remained 1-1 until Brew William’s second goal of the year in the second was the difference. Braeden Perry made 20 saves in the win.
Stunningly, Lincoln took down R/M/RH 8-4 on Saturday behind four goals from Cormier and a hat trick from Nate Turcotte and 31 saves from Nathan Goff. The Lions followed that up with a 3-1 win over Portsmouth the next night thanks in large part to two goals from Carter Tillson.
R/M/RH took down Cranston 3-1 on Sunday behind goals from Kenny Firling, Matt O’Hagan and O’Shea. Max Braun had 18 saves in the shutout win.
Coventry is setting the pace with 16 points (8-2-0) with South Kingstown (6-2-0) and Ponaganset (6-3-0) right on its heels. Narragansett/Chariho (5-3-0) and West Warwick/Exeter West Greenwich (5-7–0) are also right in the thick of the race with eight points. Mt. Hope/East Providence (1-6-1) and Johnston/North Providence (0-8-1) have work to do.
Arguably one of the best player in Rhode Island currently resides in D3 and wears a West Warwick/Exeter West Greenwich jersey. Matt Dennison boasts 14 goals and 16 assists which tops all divisions. South Kingstown’s Cody Granville is giving Dennison a run for this money though with 23 points (15G, 8A). Coventry’s Collin King (12G, 7A) is third while teammate Michael LaRoche (11G, 8A) has 19 points.
Coventry beat West Warwick 2-0 on Saturday with King and Adam Savastano scoring the goals and Sam Morse posting the 35-save shut out.
Ponaganset earned a hard-fought 3-2 win over Mt. Hope/East Providence on Sunday. Ganset led 2-1 after one on goals from Cam Kenney and Zac Porier (MH/Prov goal from Jake Marshall). Mt. Hope/East Providence’s Chris Reil had the lone goal of the second to make it 2-2 and Jack Rebello had the game winner midway through the third.