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The Valley Breeze & Observer 02-11-2021

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10 SPORTS & RECREATION FEB. 11-17, 2021 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER SMITHFIELD – After scoring 34 seconds into its Division I game against Barrington High last Friday night, the Smithfield High boys' hockey team watched the Eagles slowly creep back into the game and skate away with a 3-2 victory in front of a 'Senior Night' gathering at the Smithfield Municipal Rink. Joey Pitrone gave the Sentinels their quick lead with a goal that was assisted by Cam Kasbarian and Shane Hopkins, but the Eagles scored the next three goals and held on for the win. "We stopped working, it's as simple as that," Smithfield head coach Rob Jackson said. "We didn't work for two periods, and then we started to figure it out. We didn't come to play, that's what it comes down to, and on Senior Night at home, with a bunch of good seniors, I don't know how that hap- pens." "I'm just baffled," he continued. "You put so much effort in every- day. These boys work their tails off all week. They grind and grind and grind, and tonight, it was like they didn't want to be here. It's kind of dis- appointing." Samuel Faulkner scored the tying and go-ahead goals for the Eagles, and their goaltender, Camden Siwik, turned in a strong performance. Faulkner's first goal was a shorthand- ed one, and his next goal came seven minutes into the second period. Both teams netted power-play goals five minutes into the third period, with Brenen Gazeryan scoring a key insurance goal for the Eagles and the Sentinels answering back 43 seconds later on a goal by Rafael Negron. With a minute remaining, Smithfield goalie Jacob Selema came off the ice so the Sentinels could add an extra skater, but they only managed to take two shots that were blocked. "We didn't play three periods of hockey, we played one," Jackson said. "And Barrington played good defense and they have an excellent goaltender. If you don't come (to play) every night, you don't win. It's a good league – everyone is good and any- body can beat anybody in this league, which is great." The Sentinels played much better in the following night's matchup against defending co-state champion La Salle Academy and battled the Rams to a 1-1 draw that saw Charles Dhosi score the Sentinels' goal. Smithfield, which is currently 2-2-1, kicked off its season on Jan. 23 with a 7-4 loss to defending co-state cham- pion Mount Saint Charles Academy at Adelard Arena, as the Mounties scored four times in the final 9:15 of the game to erase a 4-3 deficit. Shane Hopkins, Jack Morel, Negron, and Dhosi supplied the Sentinels' scoring. The Sentinels then picked up their first 'W' on Jan. 27 by netting a 5-3 victory at home over Cumberland, as Kasbarian and Reed Clavet gave Smithfield a 2-0 lead in the opening period and Anthony Mercurio, Nate Goffe, and Chris DiSano added goals in the final eight minutes of the game. Selema ended the night with 32 saves. Three nights later in West Warwick, the Sentinels posted a 7-3 victory over East Greenwich by wiping out a 3-2 deficit in the final period. After Kasbarian tied the score, Connor Derderian put the Sentinels ahead to stay with a power-play goal, and James Sylvester, Chase Rinker, and Dhosi added insurance goals in the final 5:03 of the game. Smithfield is back in action tomor- row with a 5:45 p.m. game at Thayer Arena against Bishop Hendricken. Games against Burrillville, Moses Brown, and the Prout/Scituate co-op team will then wrap up the regular season. Smithfield falls to Barrington, ties La Salle Boys' hockey team takes 2-2-1 record into tomorrow night's D-I battle vs. Hendricken By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze & Observer Sports Writer BREEZE PHOTOS BY KAYLA PANU Left, Smithfield senior REED CLAVET, #17, takes the puck up the ice as he and teammate NATHAN POTTER, #12, look to skate past Barrington fresh- man BEN LABRECHE during last Friday night's Division I hockey game. The Eagles battled back from a quick 1-0 deficit to defeat the host Sentinels, 3-2. Above, Smithfield sophomore ANTHONY MERCURIO avoids the stick of a Barrington player as he brings the puck into the Eagles' zone. Scituate girls' hoop team boasts 4-2 mark in D-I, tops Moses Brown, Coventry SCITUATE – The Scituate High girls' basketball team continued its outstanding play in the state's top divi- sion last week by picking up a pair of victories, a 45-31 triumph over Moses Brown last Friday in Providence and a 59-23 win over Coventry two nights earlier in the Spartans' gym. Junior forward Julia Olson scored 13 points, junior center Emma LaPlante added 10, and junior guard Maddie Geisser had nine in the Spartans' vic- tory over Moses Brown, and freshman point guard Armani Rivera tossed in 11 points and Maddie Geisser added nine to lead a balanced scoring attack in the win over the Oakers. Unfortunately for the Spartans, they saw their record slip to 4-2 on Monday night, as they suffered a 59-47 loss on the road to undefeated Barrington. Despite the defeat, the Spartans received 22 points from Olson and 14 from Rivera. The Spartans, who were scheduled to host Juanita Sanchez on Wednesday night, will welcome Cranston West to their gym on Saturday at 5 p.m. 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:, or mail to The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 204, Lincoln, RI 02865. 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