La Salle ends Belisle era

La Salle ends Belisle era

Mount Saint Charles senior Michael Canavan delivered a big goal late in the third period of last Saturday night’s game against La Salle at Adelard Arena, but the defending state champion Rams scored the game-winning goal in double overtime to advance to their third straight state title series against Bishop Hendricken. (Breeze photo by Kayla Panu)
Rams sweep Mount in state hockey semis by 2-1 scores

WOONSOCKET – Mount Saint Charles Academy hockey fans would have dearly loved to see legendary head coach Bill Belisle and his son, David, end their high school coaching careers on the state’s biggest stage – this weekend’s state championship series at Brown University’s Meehan Auditorium – battling the Mounties’ longtime rival Bishop Hendricken in pursuit of the program’s record 45th state title.

Unfortunately, La Salle Academy foiled that dream matchup last weekend by sweeping its best-of-three semifinal-round series with the Mounties. The Rams won both contests, Friday’s opener at Smithfield Municipal Arena and the following night’s rematch at Adelard Arena, by 2-1 scores, with the latter defeat taking place in a double-overtime classic and the Rams netting the game-winner with 1:50 left in that bonus period.

The 3rd-seeded Mounties, which had swept the 6th-seeded Prout School in the quarterfinals by scores of 12-1 and 3-2, wrap up their Division I season with a 13-5 mark that included victories in 11 of their 12 games heading into their series with the 2nd-seeded Rams (13-2-1).

Last Saturday’s game was certainly worth the price of admission, with both sides scoring a goal in the third period to set up overtime. Michael Canavan’s goal off assists from Bailey Thibeault and Cee-Jay Laquerre with 5:59 to go in regulation knotted the score, and goaltender Ryan Forget turned away 43 of the 45 shots he faced in one of his best efforts of the season.

La Salle goalie Justin Spencer, who spent his freshman year at Mount before transferring to the Providence parochial school, stopped 30 shots to key his team’s win, including two on breakaways in the first period.

The series opener saw La Salle again break a 1-1 tie to win the game, this time 1:41 into the final period. Again, the Mounties erased a 1-0 deficit, this time on a goal by Alex Pratt that was set up by Thibeault with 4:27 to play in the second period.

Mount Saint Charles Academy boys’ hockey coaches David Belisle and Bill Belisle saw their final season behind the Mounties’ bench come to an end last Saturday night when La Salle escaped Adelard Arena with a 2-1 double-overtime win that clinched their best-of-three state semifinal-round series. (Breeze photo by Eric Benevides)