PAWTUCKET – 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 night’s game but the Saints responded with three straight scores, the first coming just 18 seconds after Dube’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 – 2 – 1 -- 4
St. Raphael 3 - - 0 – 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.