– Warwick closed out 2022 with a huge win when they stunned Hendricken 5-2. The victory was believed to be the first win by a Warwick Public School against Hendricken since Toll Gate won the state title in 2005, and was also Hendricken’s first loss of the regular season.
Goaltender Braxton Bragg had 32 saves, while five different players scored goals, Bryan Barlow, Richie Cavanagh, Charlie Clements, Aidan McNally, and Gerard Schifino all potted goals in the win. Warwick moved to 3-1 in the league and 4-2 overall on the young season.
“Obviously, we are proud of our boys’ effort to win such a big game, but at the same time we understand it is a long season and there is still a lot of hockey to be played,” said Warwick head coach Mike Boyajian. “I told the players to enjoy the moment and to be ready to get back to work on Monday and to get ready for the weekend games ahead. Keep working hard at practice, believe in yourselves as a team and see what the season brings.”
– Prior to that stunner of a result, Hendricken and LaSalle locked up in a marquee matchup for the Ed Walsh Memorial Game. Hendricken won a thriller, 3-2, in overtime to hand the Rams a tough loss. Nick Regine had the game winner for the Hawks while Marc Frateschi and Evan Barbosa had the goals for LaSalle.
-LaSalle couldn’t dwell on it for long, having to turn right back around for a game with Moses Brown to close out 2022. Championship teams bounce back from tough nights and that’s exactly what Shawn Tingley’s crew did, moving to 4-2 on the year with a dominant 6-1 victory. Andrew Bradley had two goals while Jordan McIntyre, Vincent Healey, Connor Pacheco and Tyler Garofalo all tallied goals too.
Cumberland continued to roll with a dominant 5-1 win over Burrillville. Christian Oliveria – arguably the best player in Rhode Island early this season – scored three goals in the first 10 minutes en route to a four-goal night. Sean Taylor also potted one in the lopsided victory.
– While there was a bunch of D1 action prior to the New Year, Division 2 was a bit lighter schedule wise. The biggest D2 result prior to 2022 ending was Narragansett downing PCD/St. Raphael’s 10-3. Ethan Travis had two goals in the first en route to a five-goal performance. Connor Gilmore (2 goals) and Sean Lyons (2 goals) also had big nights. Jacob Correia had the other goal for Ganset’ while Tim Cedegren had a hat trick for PCD/St. Raphael’s in the losing effort.