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The Valley Breeze & Observer 01-02-2020

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Smithfield Scituate Foster Glocester Edition Sports & Recreation valleybreeze.com @ JANUARY 2-8, 2020 Talented Smithfield takes ice Hockey team wins Maine's St. Dominic Academy Christmas Classic By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze & Observer Sports Writer kayla@valleybreeze.com SMITHFIELD – Despite graduat- ing seven seniors from a talented team that reached the state semifinals for the sixth straight time last winter, the Smithfield High boys' hockey team is returning a good number of players that are looking to produce another successful season and a return to the Division I postseason. Being a public school competing in the state's premier division, Smithfield can lose potential players who decide to attend private schools or take their talents to the prep school level. But this season, the Sentinels did not lose any players to other schools. And after a month of play, the Sentinels have proven that they will be a team to watch again this winter. They will skate into 2020 with a 5-3 record that includes their 1-1 mark in D-I play and three victories in the St. Dominic Academy Christmas Classic that took place last week at the Norway Savings Bank Arena in Auburn, Maine. The Sentinels captured the tourna- ment title by skating to a 3-2 overtime triumph in last Thursday's tournament opener against St. Thomas Aquinas of Dover, N.H., a 10-6 victory in the semifinals, and an 8-2 win in the finals over Notre Dame Catholic High of Fairfield, Conn. According to head coach Rob Jackson, the Sentinels trailed by a 2-0 score in their opener, but they sliced their deficit in half, and with 1:08 to go in regulation, they pulled their goalie and tied the score to force over- time. The Sentinels' non-league sched- ule will continue into the new year with games against Massachusetts opponents, as they faced Canton on New Year's Day and will host Bishop Feehan High of Attleboro on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on their Smithfield ice. League play will then resume on Thursday, Jan. 9, with a 6 p.m. game against Burrillville at the Broncos' Levy Arena. "Everybody is good," Jackson said when asked about this season's teams in D-I. "There are no cupcakes on our schedule." A new D-I foe the Sentinels will face this season is the Prout School/ Scituate co-op team, which in its sea- son opener, stunned defending state champion Bishop Hendricken, 2-1. "They are very good too," Jackson said. "They knocked off Hendricken in a big upset. I was pumped, as (Prout/Scituate head coach) John Gaffney and I are friends." As for the Sentinels, they opened their D-I schedule on Dec. 20 with a 4-1 victory at home over Mount Saint Charles Academy, but the follow- ing night, they suffered a 3-1 loss to Hendricken. The Sentinels enter this season with a roster that contains a lot of seniors and juniors, and Jackson noted that his team was "a little older than nor- mal" this year. After graduating their starting netminder in Hogan Nelson, Jackson has three capable goalies this year, seniors Nick Costa and Will Fox and sophomore Jacob Selema. "Until one proves to be better, we will rotate them," Jackson said. Out of the 12 forwards the Sentinels have, nine are returnees from last year, and they also have six returning defensemen. The Sentinels are led by senior co-captains Dylan Falls and Chris Watt, with their classmate, Sean The members of the SMITHFIELD HIGH HOCKEY TEAM pose in the center of the ice with their championship plaque after capturing the St. Dominic Academy Christmas Classic last weekend at the Norway Savings Bank Arena in Auburn, Maine. The Sentinels skated to an 8-2 win in the finals over Notre Dame Catholic High of Fairfield, Conn. See SENTINELS, Page 10 Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor are welcome from readers. Please: • Limit to 500 words. Longer letters may appear online only. • Letters on local or state topics and issues will take precedence over those on national issues. • No more than one letter per person every 8 weeks, please. • All letters must be signed and include a hometown. Send by e-mail to: news@valleybreeze.com, or mail to The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 204, Lincoln, RI 02865. 9 Powder Hill Road (Off Rt. 123) Lincoln, RI 401-728-5903 www.RhodyRug.com Open Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m. VISIT OUR FACTORY OUTLET STORE! Walid Saber, MD FACC, FSCAL, RPVI Chief of Cardiology - Landmark Clinical Assistant Professor Warren Alpert Medical School Ibrahim Elgabry, MD FACC Director of Cardiac Rehab - Landmark Clinical Assistant Professor Warren Alpert Medical School World Class Care . . . So Close To Home Our Services: Cardiac Testing & Therapy Vascular Testing & Therapy Fully accredited state-of-the-art facility utilizing advanced technologies and expert techniques. www.oscvc.com 191 Social Street, Suite 100, Woonsocket, RI 02895 Phone: 401-597-6500 Ground Breaking Solutions for Varicose Veins!

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