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PAWTUCKET â€“ Based on their last two games, it seems St. Raphael Academy and North Smithfield are two evenly matched hockey teams.
The Saints avenged a 5-3 loss to the Northmen two weekends ago with a 5-4 victory on Saturday night at Lynch Arena. SRA improved to 3-11 in Division II-North with the win while the Northmen fell to 3-12. Neither team will qualify for the playoffs.
The Northmen got a goal from Devon Dube just 26 seconds into Saturday nightâ€™s game but the Saints responded with three straight scores, the first coming just 18 seconds after Dubeâ€™s goal when Richard Vichroski beat Brandon Caya for the tying goal.
Trailing 3-1 after one period, North Smithfield tied the game with two goals in the middle stanza. Dylan Narodowy and Matt Prudhome did the honors.
The Saints then took a 5-3 lead in the first 3:20 of the final period as Ty Karalis and Mark Carrara finished off scoring plays. Max Forte pulled North Smithfield within one goal at the 13:30 mark but Saints goalie Max Lemay stood firm over the final 90 seconds.
The Saints will visit first-place Cumberland (9-3-2) on Friday night at Adelard Arena. The Northmen host Cumberland on Saturday night at the R.I. Sports Center.
North Smithfield 1 â€“ 2 â€“ 1 -- 4
St. Raphael 3 - - 0 â€“ 2 -- 5
First period: 1. NS, Devan Dube (Zach Cordeiro), 0:26; 2. SRA, Richard Vichroski (Ben Mello, Craig Montecalvo), 0:46; 3. SRA, Mark Carrara (Jon Geller), 3:30; 4. SRA, Mello (Vichroski), 8:50
Second period: 5. NS, Dylan Narodowy (Tom Bourgeois, Jordan Menard), 5:44; 6. NS, Matt Prudhome (Ian Bissonette), 10:28
Third period: 7. SRA Ty Karalis (Geller), 0:35; 8. SRA, Carrara (Ty Duffy), 3:20.8. NS, Max Forte (Neil Skalubinski), 13:30
Shots on goals: NS 34, SRA 25. Goalie: Brandon Caya (NS) 29. Max Lemay (SRA) 30.