The Division 1, 2 and 3 playoffs got underway last weekend, although the schedule was a bit jumbled with the storm causing cancellations on Friday. Here’s how things stand in all three divisions…
As expected, LaSalle (22-2-1) cruised in its quarterfinal matchup against Warwick, sweeping the best-of-three series. In Game 1, the Rams made it look easy with a 5-0 win. Ben Riccitelli, Ronan Peterson, Dylan Johnson, Blake Santos and Thomas Sheehan all scored while Max Cute only needed to make nine saves for the shutout win.
In Game 2, LaSalle punched its ticket to the state semifinals with a 2-0 victory. Riccitelli and Sheehan got the goals with Cute posting 17 saves. The No. 1 team in Rhode Island throughout the year remains primed for a state title run.
LaSalle will match up with rival Bishop Hendricken (14-4-1) in the next best-of-three series for the right to go to the state championship after Hendricken swept its series over Mt. St. Charles, 2-1 and 4-1
On the other side of the bracket, East Greenwich (15-6-1) and Smithfield (7-8-1) are set to play a winner-take-all game on Tuesday night (6 PM, WWCC) after Smithfield won Game 1 by a 2-1 score and East Greenwich squeaked out a 3-2 win in Game 2.
Burrillville (7-8-2) and Moses Brown (9-13-1) will also play a Game 3 (Tuesday night, 6pm, Levy Rink). Moses Brown took Game 1 of the series 4-2, but Burrillville responded with an 8-3 thumping on Monday night. In Game 1, Owen Farrell, Hank Alessandro, Aidan Aggarwal and Everett Baldwin scored. Jack Farrell had a hat trick in Game 2 for the Broncos.
LaSalle-Hendricken and the other Division 1 semifinal series are set to go from March 4-7 with the state championship series at Providence College running from March 10-13th.
North Kingstown (17-2-2) continued its impressive dominance over fellow Division 2 opponents with a 2-0 semifinal series sweep of Rogers/Middletown/Rocky Hill, winning both games, 3-1. Braeden Perry only needed to make 10 saves in Game 1 while Marcus Macchioni (empty netter) and Max Proulx (2) took care of the scoring. In Game 2, it was Jake Rodger and Conall Gately potting goals and TJ Coleman also potted his first. Perry had a bit more work with 18 saves in the second game.
North Kingstown is still waiting to see who its opponent in the D2 championship series will be as Lincoln (11-11-0) and Portsmouth (9-10-1) were set to play a decisive Game 3 on Tuesday night (6 PM, 146 Sports Center). Portsmouth took the first game of the series 5-0, but Lincoln responded with a 3-0 win on Sunday.
In Game 1, Aiden Toner and Mac Dunn scored two goals each for Portsmouth and Logan West added another. Steve Dutra made 18 saves. Lincoln got goals from Chase Hall (2) and Landon Forest to help force the win-or-go-home game and Nathan Goff made 33 saves.
It’ll be Narragansett and South Kingstown in the Division 3 state championship final after sweeping each of their series. Narragansett took care of Coventry (5-3 and 2-0) while South Kingstown stunned top-seeded Ponaganset with 2-0 and 4-1 wins.
Both the Division 2 and 3 championship series will run from March 5-8. The Division 2 series will be at Schneider Arena while the Division 3 series will be at Boss Arena.