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Ponaganset 3 Mt. Hope 0

January 3, 2016
Ponaganset remained undefeated at 5-0 with a 3-0 victory over Mt. Hope at Levy Arena.

Ponaganset remained undefeated at 5-0 with a 3-0 victory over Mt. Hope at Levy Arena.

(Burrillville, RI)  Sophomore goaltender Curtis Briggs posted his first shutout of the season between the pipes and Nate Watts tallied a goal and an assist to lead undefeated Ponaganset to a 3-0 victory over Mt. Hope in Rhode Island Division-3 action at Levy Arena.

Watts opened the scoring for the Chieftains (5-0) with his fourth goal of the season at the 5:19 mark of the first period, assisted by Jake Lincourt and Tom Caine and, then, registered an assist on his twin brother, Ryan’s, sixth goal of the campaign less than five minutes later.

Both teams’ defenses held strong through the balance of the second frame until co-captain Nate Morin ripped his third goal of 2015-2016 past Huskies’ keeper Kyle Depoy with 1:48 before intermission, off assists by Matt Meinertz and Josh D’Alessio.

Mt. Hope (2-4-1, 3-4-1) was able to keep the host Chieftains off the scoreboard in the third period, only the second time in five games that Ponaganset has failed to score in a 15-minute session this season, but were unable to solve Briggs and the stifling Chieftains defense.

Briggs, stopping all 14 Mt. Hope shots served his way, increased his save percentage to .935 and lowered his goals-against average to 1.20 while the skaters deployed in front the net-minder combined to hold three of the top scorers in the state, Ryan Cordeiro (12 goals, 7 assists), Cam Rancourt (5 goals, 10 assists) and Nate Cordeiro (8 goals, 5 assists), scoreless. Depoy, despite allowing three goals, performed well against one of the top offensive teams in the state, denying 29 Ponaganset attempts through the 45-minute contest.

While Ponaganset is undefeated, they trail Johnston/North Providence Co-op (5-1-1) by a point in the Division-3 standings, as they have played two fewer games that the division leaders. The two teams will face off against each other, for the first time this season, next Friday evening, January 9, at 7:05 at the Rhode Island Sports Center in North Smithfield, Rhode Island.

Mt. Hope will, next, take to the ice mid-week, as they face Barrington in the J.P. Medeiros, Jr. Memorial Cup at the Portsmouth Abbey Ice Rink in Portsmouth, Rhode Island on Wednesday, January 6. The annual matchup honors the 1999 alum of the Mt. Hope State Championship squad who lost his life in a 2002 automobile accident while a student at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut.


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