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WEB ONLY: E.P. wins Game 1 of Division III finals

March 15, 2012

East Providence goaltender Mark LeValley was unable to prevent Mount Hope from scoring this first-period goal on Thursday night, but he still managed to stop 29 shots in his team's 4-3 victory in Game 1 of the best-of-three Division III championship series at Providence College's Schneider Arena. Game 2 of the series is tonight at 8:30 p.m. back at PC. (Photo by ERNEST A. BROWN)

PROVIDENCE --- Kevin Hall’s second goal of the game, a shorthanded tally with 5:54 to play, lifted East Providence to a 4-3 victory over Mount Hope on Thursday night in the opening game of their best-of-three Division III championship series at Providence College’s Schneider Arena.
The Townies (17-4) will seek their first state title since 2005 tonight at 8:30 p.m. when the series resumes at Schneider. A third and deciding game will be held on Sunday at a time to be announced if the Huskies win this game.
In Thursday’s duel, the Huskies (17-8) grabbed a quick 2-0 lead by scoring twice in the first 2½ minutes of the game, but the Townies responded with the next three goals to lead after a period of play.
Ryan Costa netted E.P.’s first goal on the first of three assists by Ryan Barry with 6:43 left in the period.
Hall tied the contest (off assists by Troy Derrick and Paul Lukas) with 4:39 to go, and Lukas gave the Townies the lead by backhanding a goal past Mount Hope goalie Matt Wilson with seven seconds to go in the period. Lukas's goal was shorthanded.
Mount Hope tied the score 4:26 into the middle period on the second goal of the game by Justin Correia, and the game stayed knotted until Hall’s heroics in the game’s final minutes, as Hall squeezed his game-winning goalie past Wilson's glove and the left post.
Another hero in the Townies’ victory was goalie Mark LeValley, who turned away 29 shots as Mount Hope outshot E.P., 32-22.

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