Barrington-Portsmouth girls’ hockey co-op defeats Cranston, qualifies for state finals

Goalie Sophie Faxon made 19 saves in Friday night's win over Cranston.

Goalie Sophie Faxon made 19 saves in Friday night’s win over Cranston.

The Barrington-Portsmouth girls’ hockey co-op will play Lincoln-Cumberland in the D-II finals this week after defeating the Cranston co-op in back-to-back games last weekend.

The Eagles outscored Cranston 5-1 between the two games, including a 3-0 shutout in the deciding game Saturday night.

Barrington-Portsmouth plays the first game in its best of three series with Lincoln-Cumberland Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Brown University. The second game will be played the following night at 6:15 p.m. Game three, if necessary, is scheduled Saturday, March 9, time to be determined.

The local co-op is looking for its second consecutive state title.

Barrington-Portsmouth wins game one

The Barrington-Portsmouth co-op opened the playoffs on the right track, winning game one of their Division II semi-finals matchup with the Cranston Thunderbirds, 2-1.

Junior goalie Sophie Faxon had 19 saves and freshman Allison Kelsey and sophomore Kelly Kraunelis both scored to give the Eagles a 1-0 advantage in the best of three series.

Barrington got its first lead of the game 6 minutes and 52 seconds into the first period when Kelsey beat Cranston goalie Abbey Torres with a slap shot from behind the faceoff circle in the Thunderbirds’ zone to take a 1-0 lead.

Sophomore Danielle Makucevich assisted on the score.

It looked like Barrington was going to take a 2-0 lead into the first intermission, but a blue line shot from Makucevich that appeared to go into the net was ruled a “no goal,” as the referee said the puck was played by a high stick before crossing the goal line.

The second period saw Cranston surge out to tie the game 1-1 when the Thunderbirds’ Emily Ferguson beat Faxon just three and a half minutes into the period. The Eagles drew some more bad luck when senior Katie Saunders was sent to the penalty box for tripping just 11 seconds later.

But Barrington was able to successfully kill the penalty and get their offensive rhythm back, culminating with Kraunelis’ goal with just under five minutes to go in the period to give the Eagles a 2-1 advantage.

Kelsey and junior Olivia Lucas assisted on the goal.

The third period was a defensive battle, as both goalies held strong in net. The Eagles had to kill another penalty 5:26 into the period after a roughing call on sophomore Leah Holder.

Barrington was also unable to take advantage of a power play of their own, after Cranston’s Kelsey Wright was called to the box for slashing just before Holder’s penalty expired. Faxon shut the door for the Eagles late in the period, stopping several Cranston shots as the clock ticked down to the end of the game.

Barrington even was able to kill a six on four for the final 30 seconds of the game when junior Julia Flaherty was called for a tripping penalty and Cranston pulled their goalie to get an extra attacker. The Eagles out shot the Thunderbirds 31-20 in the contest.

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