Rhode Island Top 10: #2 Cumberland Remains Unbeaten; MSC Has Won Six Straight

Dom Nicastro
Dom Nicastro
Dom Nicastro is a veteran sportswriter and journalist whose credits include the Gloucester Daily Times, Salem News, Lawrence Eagle-Tribune and Boston Magazine. This is his seventh season working for Hockey Night in Boston Magazine. He covers boys Eastern Mass. Division 3 and Rhode Island. He can be reached via email at [email protected]

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Rhode Island Top 10

3Mount St. Charles3950
4Bishop Hendricken4680
5South Kingstown5910

With only one significant loss among the top seven teams in the Ocean State, things are staying status quo there for now.

No. 1 LaSalle is en fuego as they say. The team picked up out-of-state wins over Archbishop Williams (4-2) of Massachusetts and now top-ranked Christian Brothers Academy (4-3) of New Jersey, then came back to the Ocean State and smoked Moses Brown (11-2). Twelve games in. Twelve wins.

The other unbeaten team in the state, No. 2 Cumberland, continues to do damage in D2. It handled Toll Gate, 7-1, and North Kingstown, 3-1, and is cruising as we head toward February.

Speaking of cruising, who else is hot in Division 1? That would be No. 3 Mount Saint Charles, which has now won six in a row. The latest victim was Smithfield, 6-0.

While the Mounties continue to do their winning thing, so does rival No. 4 Bishop Hendricken. Hendricken has won three out of four, its only loss in that span to the Mounties. The team took care of Notre Dame (CT), 4-2, and Prout/Scituate, 9-1.

 No. 5 South Kingstown suffered its first loss of the season but not for a lack of effort. The team fell to unranked Rogers/Middletown/Rocky Hill, 3-2, one game after doubling up East Greenwich, 6-3.

No. 6 Smithfield may be picking up some momentum after a win and a tie. It beat Prout/Scituate, 4-3, and evened up Moses Brown in a scoreless affair. But they have a lot of patching to do after six straight losses.

No. 7 Lincoln is still one of the top Division 2 teams after two nice wins this past week. It blanked North Kingstown, 5-0, and nipped Prout, 5-4.

 No. 8 Burrillville jumps into the poll this week, defeating East Greenwich, 5-3, and Barrington, 2-1, for a perfect week.

That loss to Burrillville keeps No. 9 Barrington in place. The team did pick up a clutch win over Smithfield, 4-1.

No. 10 Pilgrim continues to be the team to beat in Division 3 with victories over Johnston/NP/Tiverton, 3-0, and Mount Hope, 8-1.

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