WARWICK â Jared Pedro has traveled a long, sometimes-satisfying, sometimes-stressful road as a âformerâ hockey player for Tolman High.
He competed as a Tiger varsity team member for three years, but discovered as a junior that â because of the lack of incoming freshmen with ice experience â the decades-old program would fold.
He didn't know what his fate would be until long after Tolman had suffered a pair of defeats to the West Warwick/Exeter-West Greenwich Co-op club in the R.I. Division III Tournament best-of-three championship final set late last winter. As it turned out, the three remaining Tigers â among them Teddy Reall and Kris Wallace â would be deemed eligible to merge with the Scituate squad.
That way, they could all finish their careers in style.
As emotionally draining the spring and summer were on the senior, it became ultimately satisfying on Saturday night.
With 6:06 remaining in the middle stanza of a D-III clash against vastly-improved Woonsocket, Pedro took a long feed from Wallace and drove a wrister at freshman Devon Rivard. The puck caromed off the netminder and drifted beyond the goal stripe for what proved to be the clinching tally.
The Spartans/Tigers Co-op later erupted for three scores in the final period to snag a 4-0 league triumph over the Villa Novans at Thayer Arena, but that was hardly the story. With Pedro's trickler, he eclipsed the coveted 100-goal mark for his career, an astonishing milestone not lost on either his head coach, Bill Bryant, or Woonsocket mentor Nathan Arruda.
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