Mount checks Burrillville, Prout/Scituate

Mount checks Burrillville, Prout/Scituate

Mount Saint Charles Academy senior defenseman Nicholas Curran, left, avoids the stick of Burrillville junior forward Troy Phillips as he skates along the boards with the puck during last Friday night’s game at Adelard Arena. The Mounties raised their D-I record to 9-3 by posting a 10-2 victory. (Breeze photos by Kayla Panu)
Hockey team faces off with Hendricken for second seed in playoffs on Friday night

WOONSOCKET – The Mount Saint Charles Academy boys’ hockey team continued its pursuit of the second seed in the upcoming state playoffs by posting a 10-2 victory over Burrillville last Friday and a 3-1 win over the Prout/Scituate co-op squad four nights later at Adelard Arena.

With La Salle comfortably atop the Division I standings with a 13-0 mark, the Mounties sit behind the Rams with a 10-3 record that is a half game better than Bishop Hendricken’s 9-3 mark. The Mounties will face the Hawks in their regular-season finale on Friday at 8:30 p.m. at Adelard.

“They’re a great team,” Mount head coach Matt Merten said of Hendricken. “They’re playing much better as well. And it’s a rivalry game. When you play Hendricken and La Salle, it doesn’t matter who’s up or who’s not up – they’re 50 to 60-year-old rivalries that are just fun to play. It doesn’t matter what your record is. We have to hold serve as best as we can, and we can’t have any letdowns.”

Hendricken’s regular-season finale is on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Thayer Arena against Smithfield, which enters this weekend battling Burrillville and Barrington for fourth place. If the Hawks defeat the Mounties and the Sentinels, then they will secure the second seed in the postseason.

As for last Friday’s game, the Mounties went into action without the services of senior forward Trey Bourque, who was out with an illness, but for the most part, the team has been skating with a full lineup these past few weeks.

“We finally have everybody back,” said Merten. “The guys were hungry to get back to work, and they came out and wanted to play. You’re only playing one game for the weekend, so you kind of come out and leave it all on the ice. And we got contributions from every single line, which was super important as we’re trying to build towards the playoffs.”

Senior forward Alex Pratt, who rejoined the Mounties in midseason after skating for the MSC Academy’s U18 squad, scored four goals to lead the hosts, who had two shorthanded goals and two power play goals in the game.

“He’s worked really hard at trying to integrate into the different styles and players,” Merten said. “He made some beautiful moves tonight.”

Junior forward Matt Badeau, who wore Bourque’s number six (the Mounties were wearing special purple uniforms), also scored a pair of goals in what Merten called an “unbelievable effort by him. He’s an upperclassman and he’s taking his opportunity and running with it.”

CeeJay Laquerre started the scoring for the Mounties. Everett Misto’s shot was wide, but Bryan Testa kept the puck in the zone and fed it to Laquerre for the goal at 5:14 of the first period.

The Mounties, who ended that period with a 3-0 lead and held a 7-2 advantage after two periods of play, received their other goals from Chris Baxter, Matt Mahoney, and Testa. John Belisle also contributed four assists and Nolan Boucher added three.

In the victory over Prout/Scituate, Testa, Belisle, and Laquerre provided the scoring.

Senior forward Alex Pratt scored four goals last Friday night to help Mount Saint Charles roll past Burrillville, 10-2. The Mounties will hope Pratt has the hot hand again on Friday night when they host Bishop Hendricken in their Division I showdown at Adelard Arena.