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Division III hockey race getting interesting

February 5, 2012

Tolman High hockey coach Steve Reynolds has his Tigers right in the middle of the Division III playoff race. (BUTCH ADAMS file photo)

PAWTUCKET – East Providence’s 2-0 victory over previously undefeated Johnston/North Providence was definitely the big news in Division III over the weekend.
“Surprised?” Tolman coach Steve Reynolds said, repeating a question on Sunday morning, 12 hours after his team completed a 10-0 romp over Warwick Veterans. “A little bit. But East Providence is a very good defensive team and they are physical. Plus, it’s tough to go undefeated for the whole season.”
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.
“Our goal is to earn a bye,” 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.

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