The Rhode Island semifinals for Divisions 1 and 2 and the championship for Division 3 are set. The best-of-three action in the Ocean State shapes up this way starting Friday night, March 8:
Division 1 semifinals
Game 1: #1 Bishop Hendricken vs. #5 Smithfield, Thayer Arena, 7 p.m.
Game 1: #2 LaSalle vs. #3 Mount St. Charles, Smithfield Rink, 7:30 p.m.
Division 2 semifinals
Game 1: #1 Cumberland vs. #4 Cranston West, Adelard Arena, 8 p.m.
Game 1: #2 Ponaganset vs. #3 PSW, Levy Rink, 7 p.m.
Division 3 championship
Game 1: #1 Pilgrim vs. #2 WW/EWG, Boss Arena-URI, 8:30 p.m.
Division 1 first round
* Smithfield nipped Burrillville, 1-0, in Game 1 of its series. Goalie Hogan Nelson earned the shutout by stopping 39 shots. Pearse McCullough had the game’s only goal – a third-period strike for the Sentinels. Dylan Nault stood tall in net for Burrillville.
Smithfield closed the deal with a 2-1 win in Game 2. Nelson came up with another 30 saves in this one. Ryan Deschamps scored for the Broncos. McCullough struck again for Smithfield, and Dylan Falls had the game-winner.
* Mount St. Charles rocked Prout, 12-1, in Game 1. Trey Bourque (two), Alex Pratt (two), Matt Canavan, John Belisle (two), Joseph Caggiano (two), CeeJay Laquerre, Ethan Letendre and Micaiah Bascombe had goals for Mount.
Prout put up a much better fight in Game 2 but still came up short in a 3-2 win for the Mounties. Bennett Masterson and Nicholas Gauvin gave Prout a 2-0 lead into the second with goals. But the Mounties came back with three unanswered goals. Alex Confrade scored a goal for the winners, and teammate Everett Misto had the game-winner in the third.
Division 2 quarterfinals
* Ponaganset swept Portsmouth. It beat them, 8-3, and 7-4. In Game 2, Ponaganset showed just as much firepower as it did in Game 1.
Ethan Jasmin, Raymond Goff, Nathan Watts, Zach Poirier, Ryan Watts, Jacob Lincourt and Matt Carlson had the goals in the clinching game. Connor Little had a hat trick, and Maxwell Dooley added the others for Portsmouth, which had a short-lived lead.
* Cranston nipped RMR, 4-3, in Game 1, and then owned the ice in Game 2 with an 8-1 win to complete the sweep. Andrew Martin had a hat trick for Cranston in Game 2, and Jaycob Hargreaves, Cameron Koretsky, Dave Sczerbinski, Dylan Demers and Ben Jacvony added goals for the winners in Game 2. Nate Buchanan had the tally for RMR.
* PCD/St. Raphael/Wheeler topped Lincoln, 2-0, in Game 1. Aidan Beckett’s goal was the difference. Mike Barone added a goal for insurance. Jeff Pimental had 15 saves for the shutout. Matt Pierce, in net for Lincoln, had 35 saves.
PSW completed the sweep with a 3-2 win in Game 2. PSW came from behind 2-0 in the third in this one. Ben Kailher, Barone and Beckett had a goal for the winners. Spencer Smith and Kyle Costa scored for Lincoln.
* Cumberland had an easy time in Game 1 against North Smithfield, 7-1, and had to battle before closing things out in Game 2, 2-1.
Division 3 semifinals
* Pilgrim fought hard in Game 1 of its series to pull out a win over Mount Hope. The team was down 2-0 entering the third period but came up with four unanswered goals. Keegan Hanley and Cam Rancourt had put the Huskies up, 2-0, with goals. However, Jack Clements, Matt Pacheco and Dylan Gallagher scored a goal apiece, and Collin Driscoll added an empty-netter.
Mount Hope came back strong to even the series with a 5-2 win in Game 2, but defending champion Pilgrim sealed the deal with an 8-3 win in Game 3. It was a 3-3 game thanks to back-and-forth goals from Mount Hope’s Rancourt (two) and Jared Rego and Pilgrim’s Pacheco (two) and Clements. But Pilgrim poured it on from there. It got five unanswered goals, including the third, fourth and fifth from Pacheco. Clements added his second of the night, and A.J. Sherlock added the other.
* WW/EWG and Johnston/North Providence/Tiverton had an exciting series in which each game was decided by one goal. WW/EWG won in Game 1, 4-3, fell, 4-2, in Game 2 but then came back for a 2-1 win in Game 3.
In the decisive final game, Johnston took a 1-0 lead on Ryan DiLorenzo’s power play goal just 2:10 into the game. But Ethan Jedson tied it up about six minutes later, and Robert Paquette added the game-winner in the middle period.