PAWTUCKET — Brandon Speight popped in a pair of first-period goals on Sunday afternoon to lead Tolman past Scituate 4-0 in a makeup game played at Lynch Arena and the third contest in a 48-hour span for the Tigers.
Kody Casavant and Jared Pedro finished the scoring for Tolman with second-period goals, and goaltender Stephane Meunier stopped 19 shots for his fourth shutout of the season.
Tolman improved to 7-4 in Division III with an overtime loss to unbeaten Johnston/North Providence on its ledger. Those 15 points place the Tigers second in the division behind JNP (10-0-0).
East Providence (7-2-0), which defeated Tolman on Saturday night, is third with 14 points but has two games in hand over the Tigers.
Mount Hope (7-3-0) also has 14 points.
Cranston East, 6-4, has 13 points and stands in fifth place as the regular season heads into its final month.
In the loss to the Townies, East Providence struck quickly and then stuck to its defensive strategy en route to a 3-1 victory at Lynch Arena.
Ryan Barry scored two goals for the Townies and Kevin Hall added an empty-netter in the final period with Tolman skating on a power play to ice the victory.
Barry scored 11 seconds into the game. Tolman tied it late in the first period when Casavant tallied a shorthanded goal, but Barry’s goal 90 seconds into the middle stanza proved to be the game-winner.
“They scored early and they had a good game plan,” Tolman coach Steve Reynolds said. “They stuck to their plan and played a good game. They just beat us.”
Casavant currently leads the division in scoring with 21 goals and 11 assists, and Pedro is third in the league with 13 goals.
Tolman will host Warwick Veterans (1-8-0) on Saturday night at Lynch Arena.