Rhode Island HS Hockey – Ocean State Top 8: LaSalle Finishes Regular Season As #1; North Kingstown A Division 2 Favorite

Kevin Stone
Kevin Stone
Kevin Stone, a Waltham High Class of 06 graduate, played lacrosse and golf before going into journalism at New England College in Henniker, NH. Kevin went to Framingham State and Middlesex Community College after that. He started doing freelance work in August of 2008, working for The Palo Alto Daily (Palo Alto, CA) and The Waltham Daily News Tribune, and worked for Patch.com until getting jobs with The Norwood Record and Metro West Daily News in 2012. Stone's been writing for the Metro West ever since and has since added The Boston Globe, HNIB, MassVarsity, The New England Football Journal and BostonLax to his already extensive resume.

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Rhode Island Top 8

RankTeam*PRWLT
1LaSalle12021
2Bishop Hendricken31241
3East Greenwich21541
4North Kingstown41522
5Burrillville5672
6Mt. St. CharlesNR7101
7Smithfield8671
8LincolnNR10100

#1 LaSalle (20-2-1) closed out the regular season as the top-ranked team in RI. LaSalle celebrated 150 years this past weekend with a 3-0 win over rival Hendricken. After two scoreless frames, Michael Brouillard, Tom Sheehan and Vincent Healey all potted third period goals for the win. Max Cute made 34 saves while Hendricken’s Andrew Carr made 25. LaSalle finished its RI schedule unbeaten before falling to Xaverian from Massachusetts to close out the year. The Rams should be the favorite to capture the D1 title again.

Bishop Hendricken (12-4-1) will sneak into the #2 spot since they throttled East Greenwich 10-3 prior to the LaSalle game. The 10-3 win saw Nick DeFelice, Drew Gayman and Will Cavanagh score two goals each. Colton Whitfield, Matt Moretti, Mike Soscia and Dylan Capelli all potted goals as well.

#3 East Greenwich (15-4-1) had kept pace with LaSalle. Now, if anyone’s going to put a scare into the Rams’ state title hopes, it’s probably the Avengers or Hendricken. Two first period goals in the finale against Cumberland from Matt McKenzie and Colin Walsh helped lead the way to a 3-0 win. Sonny Arsenault added a goal in the third while Cole Barron (14 saves) and Giordan Gulatti (9 saves) combined for the shut out.

No reason to move North Kingstown (15-2-2) from the fourth spot as they cruised through their D2 schedule this season. North Kingstown should be the favorite to win the D2 title and wrapped up the regular season with a 3-0 win over Portsmouth. Marcus Macchioni, Thomas Paolo and Jake Rodger scored while Braeden Perry made 30 saves in the shutout.

#5 Burrillville (6-7-2), #6 Mt. St. Charles (7-10-1) and #7 Smithfield (6-7-1) are look to play well in this weekend’s first round of the state tournament, as does #8 Lincoln (10-10-0) in Division 2.

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