Rhode Island Top 10: Key win keeps Hendricken on top; will see MSC Tuesday

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
1Hendricken1231
2Mount St. Charles1450
3La Salle Academy972
4Cumberland1400
5Lincoln1310
6Smithfield1060
7Cranston Co-Op881
8North Kingstown1141
9Prout1040
10North Smithfield1140

* Updated 2/17/14

 

Bishop Hendricken (12-3-1, 9-2-1) retains the top spot in this week’s Hockey Night In Boston Rhode Island Poll after posting a solid 4-1 win over Cranston Co-Op.

 

Andrew Fera Hendricken
Andrew Fera
Hendricken

Matt Kenneally recorded 16 saves, and the Hawks offense delivered two goals in each of the opening and closing periods.  Kiel Fuller scored at 10:05 and Andrew Fera added a power play goal at 11:56 to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead after one.  Ryan Perry’s second-period goal brought Cranston to within 2-1 entering the third period.  The Hawks salted away the win thanks to netters from Jamie Armstrong and Jonathan Finelli in the third period.  Tuesday, the Hawks will look to make it two wins over Mount St. Charles, when the Mounties skate in to Thayer Arena at 5:30.

 

The Mounties retained their hold on second spot by scoring a 5-2 comeback win over LaSalle.  MSC (14-5, 12-2) rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game at two; then they pumped home three third-period goals to post the win.  Senior Ryan Badeau tallied a pair of goals to tie the game in the middle stanza; sophomore Cam Tedford added two goals and two assists for the Mount, which has been without its leading scorer Devin Votta for the last two games.  Tedford, meanwhile, has three goals in two games since joining the Mount varsity.

 

La Salle (9-7-2, 7-5-2) overcame a valiant Smithfield effort in its 2-1 victory. Brendon Cordeiro scored the game-winning goal at 9:28 of the third period. The teams entered the final stanza scoreless; Even McGreen got the Rams rolling with a goal at 6:05. Smithfield’s Mike Macera knotted the game at 1-1 on the power play at 7:49. That set the stage for Cordeiro’s winner. Tyler Walsh made 18 saves for La Salle while Caleb Fetteroff made 20 for the Sentinels.

 

Another snowstorm wiped out the Feb. 15 schedule, including a big match-up between D1-Eccleston Smithfield and D2 Cumberland (14-0, 13-0), which faces Middletown Monday.

 

Lincoln (13-1) now ranks fifth in the poll but was idle over the weekend due to the storm. The Lions have four games remaining, all against teams with winning records: Middletown, North Smithfield, Cumberland and PCD/Wheeler/St. Ray’s.

 

No. 6 Smithfield (10-6, 8-6) remains atop the Eccleston Conference. The Sentinels take on Burrilville today. Mike Macera (18, 7), Nick Gerlach (12, 11), and Pat Simons (5, 9)

Nick Gerlach Smithfield
Nick Gerlach
Smithfield

continue to create havoc for opposing goalies. Meanwhile, Caleb Fetteroff and Roger Laflamme continue to provide fine goaltending for the Sentinels.

 

No. 7 Cranston Co-Op (7-7-1, 8-8-1) fell to Bishop Hendricken, 4-1, and will face Burriville, Smithfield and La Salle in upcoming games. Key players include: Rudy Branca (6, 17), Anthony Simeone (7,12), Travis Collins (7,11), Ryan Perry (6,10), Ryan Beliveau (4,11) and Austin Alzate (8,4).

 

No. 8 North Kingstown (11-4) beat rival South Kingstown, 5-3.

 

No. 9 Prout School improved to 10-4 in Division II  Central after beating Toll Gate, 5-2.

Kyle Evangelista North Smithfield
Kyle Evangelista
North Smithfield

 

North Smithfield (10-4, 11-4) comes in at No. 10 in this week’s poll after shutting down Portsmouth, 3-0.  Matt Pasquariello, Ian Bissonnette and Riley Boucher scored for the victors, and goalie Mark Pasquariello made 17 saves for NS.  The Northmen, looking to solidify third place in rugged Division II North, play one-loss Lincoln and undefeated Cumberland over the next two weeks.  Goalies Mark Pasquariello (.905 save percentage) and Nick Cabral (.987) will have their hands full.  The lineup sports six players with a minimum of 10 points:  Kyle Evangelista (13,16), Riley Boucher (10,15), Dylan Narodowy (8,14), Matt Pasquariello (8,14), Noah Menard (8,7), and Ian Bissonnette (11,2).

 

 

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