The Barrington High School boys’ hockey team will play for a trip to the state D-I finals Saturday night after beating Smithfield 8-4 on Friday.
The Eagles took a 1-0 advantage in the best of three semifinals series with their best offensive showing of the year. Senior forward John Kraunelis scored two goals, as did junior forward Brett Fay. Fay also had three assists.
Freshman forward Michael Lombardi and junior forward Joseph Lombardi each added individual scores while freshman forward Benjamin Russell and junior forward Harrison Wall netter their first goals of the season.
The Eagles scored four of their goals during power plays.
Friday was the first time all year Barrington beat Smithfield. The Eagles lost their first game with the Sentinels earlier this year. The two sides tied when they meet again a few weeks ago.
“That’s the best night we had all year,” head coach Derek Borek said of the offensive showing.
“I think it’s the post-season. They stepped it up another level. They know this is the end of the season right here, so they played hard.”
Barrington jumped out to an early 1-0 in the first period before Smithfield tied the game four minutes later. From that point through the end of the second period, however, Barrington hit the gas pedal.
The Eagles scored five unanswered goals through the rest of the first period and all of the second period.
Smithfield added its second goal in the third followed by Barrington’s seventh goal. Smithfield scored another two in the waning minutes of regulation before Barrington added an empty netter to seal the deal.
Game two of the series is tonight at Portsmouth Abbey. Face-off is 6 p.m.