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Ponaganset 9 East Providence 1

February 28, 2016
Ponaganset's freshman led the way, scoring eight of the team's nine goals in a 9-1 humbling of East Providence.

Ponaganset’s freshman led the way, scoring eight of the team’s nine goals in a 9-1 humbling of East Providence.

(Cranston, RI)  Freshman Jake Lincourt registered his first high school hat trick and added an assist while the goaltending combination of Curtis Briggs and Braedyn DeMarco stopped 13 of 14 shots on net to lead first-place Ponaganset to a 9-1 thrashing of winless East Providence at Cranston Ice Rink in a late-season Rhode Island Division III Hockey matchup.

Ponaganset (15-1-0, 15-2-0) shook off their first league loss of the season, less than 24 hours earlier, by storming out to a 5-0 lead after a period of play, led by Lincourt. The freshman scored an unassisted goal 1:20 into the game and scored his tenth goal of the season at the 4:44 mark, assisted by Matt Meinertz. Fellow freshman Josh Soares tallied his second goal of the year, only 33 seconds later, with Meinertz and another freshman, Drew Briggs, notching helpers. Junior Tom Caine became the first Chieftains upperclassman to register a point on the night, assisting on freshman Quint Bonin’s second tally of the campaign for a 4-0 advantage, with 5:30 left in the opening period, and senior co-captain Nate Morin capped the first period scoring with his seventh goal of the season, assisted by Meinertz, only 55 seconds before intermission.

The second period featured no scoring, but the Division III-leading Chieftains added a four-spot in the final period, in a span of 5:03. Lincourt completed his hat trick 4:10 into the final stanza with his 11th goal, assisted by Elijah Wiggill. Ponaganset’s freshman twin brothers figured in on the game’s final three goals, as Nate Watts joined his brother, Ryan, along with Josh D’Alessio and Lincourt to reach double-digit goals with his tenth of the season, assisted by his twin brother with 9:55 to play. 25 seconds later, Ryan Watts scored his 20th goal, assisted by Nate for an 8-0 lead. The Townies (0-16-0, 0-18-0) broke the shutout when Brynne Costa beat DeMarco for an unassisted goal with 8:17 remaining in the contest, but the Watts brothers struck, again, with 5:47 left on the scoreboard on Nate’s 11th goal, assisted by Ryan to close out the evening’s scoring.

Briggs turned aside all five shots on net, while DeMarco stopped eight of nine attempts on the cage. Sophomore Richard Costa struggled, again, against Ponaganset, saving 33 of 42 Chieftains shots on goal.

The Chieftains, easily, swept the three-game season series against North Providence, outscoring the Townies 32-2. Lincourt scored five goals in the three games vs. East Providence while Meinertz and Nate Watts, each, scored four goals against the league’s cellar-dwellers. Overall, 15 of the offensive players on the Ponaganset roster scored against the Townies in 2015-2016.

Ponaganset wraps up the regular season, this week, with a home tilt at Levy Arena in Burrillville, RI vs. Woonsocket/Scituate Co-op Friday, March 4th, at 7:30PM ET and a road contest Saturday, March 5, at Rhode Island Sports Center in North Smithfield, RI against Johnston/North Providence Co-op at 7:05PM ET.

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