This past weekend, the Townies hockey team faced a struggling Warwick Vets team and were up to a challenge against an undefeated Johnston/North Providence team. On Friday night the Townies faced a struggling Warwick Vets team.
In the first period, the Townies exploded for four goals including a hat-trick by captain Ryan Barry. At 8:47 of the period Barry notched his first goal of the game to put the Townies up 1-0. Three minutes thirty -two seconds later Barry tallied his second goal of the period assisted by Sean Feeney to put the Townies up 2-0.
Josh Letendre scored at 5:12 of the period on a great pass from Freashman Tyler Maxwell to put the Townies up by three goals. The Townies would add their fourth goal of the game at 2:39 of the first on Ryan Barry's third goal of the game assisted by Kevin Hall to give the Townies a 4-0 lead heading into the second frame.
In the second period the Townies scored five goals. Sophomore Foward Sean Feeney had a hat-trick in the period and also scoring his first high school goal in the process. He was very excited about this.
"It felt pretty good. I got set up perfectly for the goals." said Feeney.
Kyle Marquis would add to the Townies commanding lead with a rocket from the point assisted by freshman defenseman Andrew Gordon. Josh Letendre notched his second of the night from Tyler Maxwell. Then Townies were up 9-0 heading into the room.
In the third period, the Townies would add six more goals. At 6:50 of the third captain Ryan Barry scored his fourth goal of the game assisted by Andrew Gordon. One minute later freshman Ryan Costa scored to give the Townies an 11-0 lead.
Three minutes and 11 seconds later Costa notched his second of the game to give the Townies the 12-0 lead. Later on in that period Ryan Barry tallied his fith goal of the game, and Troy Derrick scored that ended the game for the Townies as they Won 14-0 over the Hurricanes.
On Saturday night, the Townies faced off against the undefeated Johnston/North Providence Cougars. This would be the toughest challenge of the season for the Townies squad. This game would prove to be a tight defensive battle.
In the first period, the Townies penalty kill was put to the test going down shorthaded twice in the early stages of the game.
The Townies would shut down the Cougars power play with great saves from goaltender Marc Lavalley.
The Townies went on the power play late in the period but could not capitalize on their oppritunity. The first period ended with no score and the Cougars on the power play heading into the second.
Early in the second period the Cougars had a carry over power play. They would look to take the lead. That would not be the case as the Townies shut down the Cougars power play once again with stellar saves from their goaltender and great defensive play by their fowards and defenceman.
The Townies got their own power play chance moments after the big penalty kill. With this power play chance the Townies would try to finally break the ice with a goal. The Townies power play came up huge when junior foward Kevin Hall notched a huge power play goal three minutes into the second period to give the Townies a 1-0 lead.
This goal would prove to be the game winner.
Throughout the rest of the second period the Townies and Cougars would trade scoring chances. Sophmore Josh Letendre nearly gave the Townies a two goal advantage that was denied by the Cougars goaltender. But the Townies headed into the room with a 1-0 lead.
The third period was a very hard fought period for both teams. The Townies were looking to put away the Cougars and hand them their first loss, and the Cougars were looking to come back and remain undefeated.
Again both teams created quality scoring opprotunities but could not score. You could see both goaltenders were in the zone stopping every puck that came their way.
The late in the second the Cougars pulled their goalie for the extra attacker looking to tie the game up and keep their undefeated streak alive but Townies goaltender Marc Lavalley shut the door.
With seconds left Troy Derrick blocked a shot and got the puck to Jared Estrella as he flipped the puck all the way from the Townies end into the net to put the game away and give the Townies the 2-0 win, and be the first team this season to beat the Johnston/North Providence Cougars.
Freshman goalie Marc Lavalley made 22 saves and recorded his first High School shutout in the Townies win. He was very excited about getting his first High School shutout.
''It felt great. I'm speechless, the defense was there the whole time backing me up.''said Lavalley. He added, ''I was really focused and saw the puck well and made some good saves.''.
Assistant captain Keith Marquis felt it was key to play well defensively against a good offensive Johnston/North Providence team.
''It was relly big because they are a high powered offence. Limiting their shots was key. It was a great defensive effort by the whole team.'' said Marquis.
With this win East Providence has now taken down the top three teams in the division and is a very confident team thinks Coach Croke.
''Over the last month are team has gained a lot of confidence, and I think our confidence id there.''said Coach Croke. He continued, ''With the big wins last week against Mt. Hope and Tolman and coming back tonight against Johnston, those are the top three teams in the division that we have now taken down. We are were we want to be, if we play our game and continue the way it's been going, their going to have to come out and beat us.''said coach Croke.
With the two wins this weekend the Townies improve to 9-2 on the season and are just four points behind first place Johnston/North Providence.