WEST WARWICK -- Unlike the other three Division II quarterfinal-round series in the state, unbeaten Lincoln was able to sweep its best-of-three series with eighth-seeded East Greenwich on Saturday at the West Warwick Civic Center.
For the second straight night, the Lions skated to a 3-2 win over the Avengers, but unlike their victory in the series opener, Lincoln (19-0-1) needed to work overtime to put away its longtime foe.
Griffin Hevey’s goal 2:53 into the extra 7½-minute session off assists from Robbie Lake and Tyler Duquette sent the Lions into this weekend’s best-of-three semifinals. They will host the series opener on Friday night against an opponent to be determined tonight when the other three quarterfinal-round series play their Game 3s.
The eighth-seeded Avengers (10-9-1) held a 1-0 lead after a period of play, but the Lions knotted the score with 50 seconds left in the second period on a power-play goal by Ryan Krohto that was set up by Hevey.
With 1:58 left in the last period, Mike Enos gave Lincoln the lead off assists from Krohto and Duquette, but before the Avengers could think about pulling their goalie for an extra skater, they sent the game into overtime by tying the score 51 seconds later.
Lincoln netminder David Jessey also stopped 33 shots in a splendid performance.
In Friday night’s win at Lynch Arena, the Lions scored a goal in each period, with Drew Wood, Jerzy Polak, and Nick Moreau doing the honors, and goalie Chris Leclaire kicked away 16 shots.
Tigers complete sweep of 'Bolts, await Div. III series vs. Townies
CRANSTON --- Tolman overcame four power-play goals by Cranston East on Saturday night in producing a 5-4 victory at the Cranston Vets Rink that allowed the third-seeded Tigers to sweep their best-of-three Division III quarterfinal-round series.
The Tigers (13-4-1) will now face second-seeded local rival East Providence (13-2-1) in this weekend’s best-of-three semifinal-round series. It will be a rematch of last season’s semis, which the Townies swept on their way to the championship.
“We’re definitely looking forward to playing them,” said Tolman coach Steve Reynolds, whose Tigers played the Townies to a 3-3 tie and dropped a 3-2 decision to them during the regular season. “I think this is going to be a very competitive series. They know what we can do, and we know what they can do.”
Saturday’s victory over the Thunderbolts (6-12) was a back-and-forth affair that saw the Tigers break out to a 2-1 lead in the first period. Teddy Reall opened the scoring at 1:34 with a goal off a pass from Brandon Speight, and after the Bolts tied the contest, Tolman untied it on Kevin Tracey’s shorthanded, unassisted goal at 7:57.
At 2:58 of the second period, Cranston East again tied the game, but Tolman responded with a pair of goals 18 seconds apart from each other, as Jared Pedro scored the first at 6:29 and Speight came through with the second.
The ’Bolts scored again with 4:40 left in the period, but Ryan Pedro scored an unassisted goal 4:18 into the last period that ended up being the game-winner, because less than four minutes later, Cranston East netted its final goal.
Cumberland eyes Game 3 tonight vs. Rogers/Tiverton co-op team
NEWPORT --- The Rogers/Tiverton/Rocky Hill co-op team scored three goals in the last period, including the go-ahead score with 43 seconds left in the game, late Saturday night to net a 4-2 triumph over Cumberland at the St. George’s skating facility and force a third game in their Division II best-of-three quarterfinal-round series.
The series will return to Adelard Arena, the scene of the fourth-seeded Clippers’ overtime win in Friday’s series opener, tonight at 7:30 p.m. This will mark Cumberland’s fourth game in six nights against the fifth-seeded co-op team, which played the Clippers in their regular-season finale last Wednesday night.
The Clippers (14-5-1) held a 2-1 lead after two periods of play on goals by Jaryd Dulieu and Jake Salisbury, but the Vikings (14-5-1) tied the contest on a power-play goal before netting the game-winner in the final minute.
Cumberland tried in vain to score the tying goal and pulled goalie Leo Lake in favor of a sixth attacker, but the Vikings were able to net an empty-netter to ice the verdict.
“We have to play better,” said Cumberland coach Mark Andreozzi. “We have to stay out of the penalty box and we have to put three periods together if we want to win (tonight’s game).”