Bron­cos dou­ble up Cru­saders

Bur­ril­lville fin­ishes 1st half with 7 points

Pawtucket Times - - SPORTS - By BRANDEN MELLO [email protected]­et­

PROV­I­DENCE — Half­way through the Divi­sion I hockey sea­son and two things have be­come quite clear:

If you beat Bur­ril­lville, you’re a con­tender to play for the state ti­tle in March at Brown’s Mee­han Au­di­to­rium.

If the Bron­cos beat you, you’re stay in the play­offs is go­ing to be very short.

What isn’t clear, how­ever, is who the Bron­cos are with the play­offs out in the dis­tance. Fol­low­ing Sun­day night’s 4-2 vic­tory over win­less Prout at Prov­i­dence Col­lege’s Sch­nei­der Arena, the Bron­cos have seven points through seven games and are stalk­ing Mount St. Charles and Smith­field.

“We’re go­ing to try to change that up in the sec­ond half,” Bur­ril­lville coach David Far­rell said about the Bron­cos’ pre­dictabil­ity. “We learned against La Salle [a 5-1 de­feat on Thurs­day] that if we have high en­ergy and high ef­fort we can play with any­body in the league. When we take our eye off the ball and lose fo­cus and don’t do the things we’re sup­posed to do, we have trou­ble.”

Bur­ril­lville (7-5, 3-3-0-1 Divi­sion I) des­per­ately needed to beat the Cru­saders to snap a two-game los­ing streak and to move ahead of Smith­field for fourth place in the divi­sion, but the Sen­tinels have a game in hand. The Bron­cos are also just a point be­hind Mount St. Charles, which hosts Mas­sachusetts foe Malden Catholic this af­ter­noon.

If the young Bron­cos are se­ri­ous about gar­ner­ing home-ice ad­van­tage in the first round of the play­offs then they have an­other must-win game Wed­nes­day at Portsmouth Abbey against onewin Bar­ring­ton. The Bron­cos downed the Ea­gles, 4-1, in their first meet­ing.

Sun­day, four dif­fer­ent Bron­cos fired shots past Prout goalie Wells Master­son, who made 35 saves. Two of Bur­ril­lville’s goals were scored by fresh­men, in­clud­ing Cam De­sante’s game-win­ning ef­fort 5 min­utes, 45 sec­onds into the sec­ond pe­riod.

“We got a lit­tle com­pli­cated [af­ter build­ing a 3-0 lead] and we got away from ba­sics,” Far­rell said. “I don’t think we brought as much en­ergy and ef­fort through­out the game as we should have, but I’ll never com­plain about a win. When they made it 3-2 in the third pe­riod, I’m glad the kids

pulled it to­gether and we were able to get the next one. It was an un­even game all around.”

Prout (0-5 Divi­sion I) has to dust it­self off quickly be­cause to­mor­row af­ter­noon the Cru­saders are at Thayer Arena tak­ing on un­de­feated Hen­dricken. Sun­day, the Cru­saders re­ceived a pair of goals from for­ward Ernesto Watsky. The ju­nior’s sec­ond goal, which came di­rectly off a face-off, cut Prout’s deficit to one with 9:16 left in the con­test.

Fresh­man Bray­den De­schamps, who scored Bur­ril­lville’s open­ing goal, had a break­away saved by Master­son min­utes later, but the Bron­cos fi­nally re­built their two-goal lead with 4:30 re­main­ing. De­sante found fresh­man Michael Allen open in the right cir­cle and the de­fense­man wristed a shot into the net to se­cure the vic­tory.

The con­test ended the way it started – with Bur­ril­lville fresh­men putting shots past Master­son. Af­ter soak­ing up some Prout pres­sure in the open­ing few min­utes, the Bron­cos grabbed a

lead they would never re­lin­quish when they used their forecheck to cre­ate a turnover that was pounced on by De­schamps for a goal.

Bur­ril­lville dou­bled its last at 7:32 of the pe­riod when Allen made a great cross-ice pass to sopho­more Ryan De­schamps for a goal just af­ter a Prout power play had ex­pired. De­sante made it 3-0 early in the sec­ond pe­riod.

Watsky fired a shot off of Dy­lan Nault’s glove and into the net with 26 sec­onds left in the sec­ond pe­riod to get the Cru­saders on the score­board.

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Bur­ril­lville 2 1 1–4

Prout 0 1 1–2

First pe­riod – B, Bray­den De­schamps (unas­sisted), 4:04; B, Ryan De­schamps (Michael Allen, Austin Bouti­ette), 7:32.

Sec­ond pe­riod – B, Cam De­sante (Sam Hay­den, Ai­dan Tup­per), 5:45; TPS, Ernesto Watsky (unas­sisted), 14:24 Third pe­riod – TPS, Watsky (Michael Castelli), 5:44; B, Allen (De­sante, Hay­den), 10:30.

Saves – B, Dy­lan Nault (29 saves); TPS, Wells Master­son (35 saves).

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