PAWTUCKET -- Tolman scored three power-play goals in the first 10:07 of play and never looked back on Friday night as the Tigers skated to an easy 9-3 win over Scituate in Game 1 of their best-of-three Division III quarterfinal-round series at Lynch Arena.
The third-seeded Tigers (13-4) will try to sweep the sixth-seeded Spartans (5-11-1) tonight when the series resumes at 7 p.m. at the Smithfield Ice Rink.
If the Tigers win, they will advance to the semifinals opposite second-seeded East Providence, which received a quarterfinal-round bye, but if a third game is needed, it will be held on Monday back at Lynch.
The Tigers, who took a 4-0 lead after a period of play and added four more goals in the first period, received a hat trick from Kody Casavant, who now has 34 goals this season.
Jared Pedro also netted his 30th goal of the season and added a pair of assists, and Zach Belasco, Anthony Bisbano, and Ryan Deighan were also good for a goal and multiple assists.
Ryan Pedro and Ed Reall scored Tolman’s other goals, Kris Wallace added a pair of assists, and goaltender Stephane Meunier stopped 27 shots. The Tigers unleashed 44 on the Spartans.
Power-play goals doom SRA/PCD co-op team in loss to Prout
KINGSTON -- Penalties kill in the playoffs, and the St. Raphael/Providence Country Day/Wheeler co-op team learned that lesson the hard way in its best-of-three Division II quarterfinal-round series with the Prout School on Friday night.
The Crusaders scored four power-play goals and netted their first two in the first two minutes of the game to skate away with a 6-2 victory at URI’s Boss Arena.
The SRA/PCD co-op squad, which is 8-7-4, will try to even the series tonight in a 7 p.m. meeting at Lynch Arena, and if the locals are successful, they will bus back to Kingston on Monday for a winner-take-all duel with the Division II-South champion Crusaders (13-4-2).
Freshman Nathan Duffy’s goal near the end of the first period off a pass from Mark Long helped cut the co-op team’s deficit to 2-1. The Crusaders got that goal back in the second period, but Mark Carrara’s 13th goal of the season off a pass from Ben Mello made it a 3-2 game.
But the Crusaders scored again before the end of the period and notched their final two goals in the third.