Rhode Island Top 10: # 1 Hendricken endures a tough week

Bryan Ethier
Bryan Ethier
Bryan Ethier is a veteran HNIB writer and the author of “A History of Mount St. Charles Hockey.” Contact him at [email protected]

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Rhode Island Top 10

RankTeamWLT
1Hendricken931
2Mount St. Charles1150
3La Salle Academy661
4Lincoln1110
5Smithfield750
6Cumberland800
7North Kingstown721
8Cranston Co-Op751
9Prout840
10West Warwick-Exeter/West Greenwich1110

* Updated 1/1/27/14

 

With both teams deep into their cross-over schedules against Division I-Eccleston teams, Bishop Hendricken and Mount St. Charles look ahead to their pivotal Feb. 18 matchup at Thayer Arena. (Hendricken topped the Mounties, 2-1, in December.)

 

No. 1 Hendricken struggled through a disappointing week that began with a 6-4 loss to Notre Dame HS of West Haven, CT.  The Knights, Connecticut’s #3 ranked club, also topped LaSalle earlier in the season.  On Jan. 24, the Hawks suffered a stunning 3-2 overtime loss to Smithfield HS, one of the state’s hottest teams.  BHS regained its balance and beat Barrington, 2-0, the following night, to improve to 9-3-1.

 

Despite its recent 6-2 loss to Mass. power Springfield Cathedral, No. 2 Mount St. Charles is rounding into form.  The Mounties (11-5, 10-2) topped Barrington, 7-2, and Smithfield, 6-1.  Devin Votta (15,9) leads the team and the Cimini Conference in scoring, while goalie Brian Larence and defensemen Marc Squizzero (7,9) and Keith Phaneuf (6,12) continue to rack up points.

 

No. 3 LaSalle (6-6-1, 4-4-1) swept aside Coventry, 5-1, thanks to a three-goal outburst in the first period.  Taylor Peltier recorded 14 saves to earn the victory, and Ryan Tracy, Nick Altieri, Matthew Fox, and Brendon Cordeiro each had two points.  LaSalle will need this type of balanced scoring come playoff time.

 

Griffin Hevey Lincoln
Griffin Hevey
Lincoln

Lincoln (11-1) remains No.  4 in the HNIB poll.  The Lions enter Wednesday’s matchup with undefeated Cumberland looking every bit as dominating as last year’s division championship team.  Lincoln comes off a Jan 20, 4-1 over Division II South leader North Kingstown.  Lincoln has recorded seven shutouts in 10 games, with Chris Leclaire (.962 save percentage) earning the lion’s share of the playing time.  Mike Enos (9,7), Aaron Fiske (5,10), and Griffin Hevey (6,5) are the team’s top three scorers.

 

No. 5 Smithfield (7-5, 5-5) scored one of its biggest wins in years when it toppled Cimini-leading Bishop Hendricken, 3-2, in overtime, Jan. 24.  Pat Simons scored the most memorable goal of his career, three minutes into OT, to lead the Sentinels to their first win over a Cimini foe this season.  Simons added another goal, and David Gaulen added a singlet.  Smithfield goalie Caleb Fetteroff recorded 24 saves to earn the win.  Andrew Fera and Pat Creamer scored for the Hawks.  The Sentinels then dropped a 6-1 decision to MSC, the following night, to end their six-game winning streak.

 

No. 6 Cumberland (8-0) polished off 7-4 PCD/Wheeler/St. Ray, 7-1, and looks ahead to its critical Jan 29 meeting with Lincoln.

 

North Kingstown (7-2-1, 7-2) remains No. 7 in this week’s HNIB poll after dropping a hard-fought 4-1 decision to Lincoln.  Sean Stamp (7,5), Pat Limoges (9,2), and Ben Wilson (5,5) are the team’s top point producers;  starting goalie Jarod Parkins has allowed just nine goals and sports a .939 save percentage.

 

No. 8 Cranston Co-Op (7-5-1, 6-4-1) jumped past Smithfield and into first place in Division I-Eccleston, thanks to wins over Coventry, twice, and a tie with Burrillville, 5-5, on Jan. 24.

 

No. 9 Prout School (8-4, 7-3) continues to lead Division II Central, after thumping Pilgrim, 10-2, Jan. 24 game against Pilgrim.  James Neri leads the club with six goals, while Austin Gemma (12 goals allowed, 149 saves, .925 save percentage) , Austin Ahearn (2 goals allowed, 21 saves, .913 save percentage) , and Jason Rondeau all have seen action in net.

 

West Warwick-Exter/West Greenwich continues to cruise in Division III and comes in No. 10 in the poll, 11-1 overall, including a 4-0 win over third -place East Providence

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