Division III hockey race getting interesting
Tolman High hockey coach Steve Reynolds has his Tigers right in the middle of the Division III playoff race. (BUTCH ADAMS file photo)
PAWTUCKET â€“ East Providenceâ€™s 2-0 victory over previously undefeated Johnston/North Providence was definitely the big news in Division III over the weekend.
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â€śSurprised?â€ť Tolman coach Steve Reynolds said, repeating a question on Sunday morning, 12 hours after his team completed a 10-0 romp over Warwick Veterans. â€śA little bit. But East Providence is a very good defensive team and they are physical. Plus, itâ€™s tough to go undefeated for the whole season.â€ť
Johnston/North Providence fell to 11-1 with the loss while East Providence moved into second place with a 9-2 record. The top six teams in D-III qualify for the playoffs with the top two getting first-round byes.
â€śOur goal is to earn a bye,â€ť Reynolds said after his Tigers improved to 8-4 in 12 games, including an overtime loss to JNP that gives them an extra point in the standings. Tolman is currently in third place with 17 points, one behind the Townies, who have a game in hand.
Mount Hope (8-3) is fourth with 16 points and also has played one less game than Tolman. Cranston East (7-4) and Scituate (3-7) round out the top six in the standings.
Tolman got two goals apiece from Kody Casavant and Tedy Reall in its romp over Warwick Veterans, which fell to 1-10 with the loss. Jared DeSilva got the start in goal and had an easy night.
The Tigers, who have four league games remaining, visit the West Warwick/EWG co-op team, which is 2-8 on the season, on Friday night and then host winless Woonsocket (0-10) on Saturday. They finish up the regular season two weekends hence with games against Scituate and Cranston East.
The finale is a home game for Tolman, set for Saturday, Feb. 25, at Lynch Arena.