East Providence hockey falls late, Narragansett evens finals series

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Photos by Rich Dionne Townies junior goaltender Marc LaValley throws up his glove hand too late to catch the winning shot by the Mariner's Connor McKnight with 38 seconds to go in regulation during game two at Brown University of the D-II finals on Friday night.

Photos by Rich Dionne
Townies junior goaltender Marc LaValley throws up his glove hand too late to catch the winning shot by the Mariner’s Connor McKnight with 31 seconds to go in regulation during game two at Brown University of the D-II finals on Friday night. Townies defenders from left are Kyle Marquis, Jared Estrella and Tyler Maxwell.

PROVIDENCE – A Narragansett goal with 31 seconds remaining in regulation propelled the top-seeded Mariners past third-seeded East Providence, 1-0, in Game 2 of the teams’ best-of-three Division III hockey championship series played Friday night, March 21, at Brown University’s Meehan Auditorium.

Connor McKnight wristed a shot over the head and shoulder of Townies’ goalie Marc LaValley off a scrum in front of the East Providence net. Narragansett had called time out moments earlier, winning the face-off in the Townies’ end then sending a couple of shots towards LaValley. McKnight corralled the rebound of the last then roofed a shot high over the E.P.’s keeper’s glove side. LaValley finished with 32 saves.

The Townies, 4-1 winners of Game 1 the previous evening, couldn’t muster much of an attack offensively against Narragansett, which had defeated the locals in two of their three meetings during the regular season. E.P. The Townies were shut out for only the third time in 20 leagues games to date.

“We were a bit flat tonight, caught on our heels,” said EPHS head coach Kevin Croke. “We played a bit apprehensive. I felt like we were playing not to lose. We’ll regroup over the weekend and be ready to go on Sunday.”

The third and deciding game for the D-III title takes place Sunday, March 23, back at Brown. Puck drops at 8 p.m.

 

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