WOONSOCKET - Burrillville High did everything it possibly could to give Mount St. Charles Academy a spirited run for its money on Friday night, but the defending state champs still found a way to get the job done.
And the Mounties got the job done by spoiling a truly brilliant performance by junior goaltender Jacob Toback, who masterfully turned away 43 shots in a 2-0 triumph by the defending state champions at Adelard Arena.
The Mounties, who improved to 4-0, should get another difficult challenge tonight when they play Division I rival Bishop Hendricken High in an 8:30 p.m. showdown at Thayer Arena thatâ€™s sure to pack the building.
The Hawks also hiked their record to 4-0 on Friday and did so by sweating out a close duel with the Moses Brown School that they won by a 4-3 score. Hendricken broke a 1-1 tie by scoring three times in the second period, but Moses Brown answered back with two goals in the final session.
The Mounties, who ruled their first three opponents by outscoring them 30-1, dominated the opening two periods with the Broncos to the tune of a 34-7 shots-on-goal advantage, but the Broncos held their ground defensively and received some outstanding stops from their netminder.
Toback kicked out 19 shots in the first period, but MSC still managed to net its first goal at 5:38 when Alex Erban rifled a pass from Ben Handanyan that Toback had no chance at stopping.
The Mounties doubled their lead 2:15 into the second period on a goal from Mike Magerman that was set up by Zach Samborskyâ€™s division-leading 10th assist of the year, but Toback came back to stop the next 11 shots he faced.
Tobackâ€™s biggest save came with three minutes to play in the period and the Broncos on a power play. Derek Deschene tried to break loose and score on a breakaway from center ice, but Toback denied him with a stick save.
The closest thing the Broncos had to a goal came two minutes into the third period when Drew Buxton stole the puck from an MSC defenseman in front of the Mountiesâ€™ goal and tried to slide a backhanded shot past goalie Dan Foster, but his shot just made its way past the right post.
The Mounties also had a close call for a goal with 5Â˝ minutes to play in the game when it appeared that Brian Campbell scored in the middle of a scrum for the puck in front of Toback, but his shot clanged off the right post.
Foster, a senior and a first-year starter, stopped just 10 saves for the shutout. He has turned away 48 of the 49 shots he faced in his teamâ€™s four games.
The Broncos are back in action tonight with a 7 p.m. contest in the friendly confines of Levy Arena against neighboring foe Smithfield High.
Burrillville 0 - 0 - 0 -- 0
Mount St. Charles 1 - 1 - 0 -- 2
First period: MSC -- Alex Erban (Ben Handanyan, Brian Campbell), 5:38.
Second period: MSC -- Mike Magerman (Zachary Samborsky, Shamus Maloney), 2:15.
Third period: No scoring.
Shots on goal: Burrillville 10, Mount St. Charles 45. Goalie saves: B -- Jacob Toback (43 saves); MSC -- Dan Foster (10 saves).