PAWTUCKET — The Tolman High School hockey club decisively dispatched East Providence from the Division III playoff semifinals as the Tigers completed a one-sided, two-game sweep of the Townies with a 6-1 victory Saturday night, March 9, at Lynch Arena.
Tolman, seeded third, advances to the championship round next weekend at Brown University opposite the top-seeded and unbeaten West Warwick/Exeter-West Greenwich co-operative. The Wizards, likewise, erased fourth-seeded Narragansett from the semis in a two-game sweep, following up a 5-3 opening game win with a 6-2 victory Saturday.
For the second-seeded and reigning league champion Townies, their winter came to an end with a 13-4-1 overall record. Tolman, playing its final season due to lack on interest in the sport at the Pawtucket school, defeated East Providence by a 3-1 count in Game 1 of the semis Friday night, March 8.
Saturday, the Tigers wasted little time jumping on top, as senior sharp-shooter Jared Pedro potted the game’s initial tally just 58 seconds into the contest. Pedro would add a second on the power play about four minutes later and the Tigers tacked on another for good measure to take a 3-0 lead at the end of the period when Chris Baldwin scored with just over three minutes to go in the frame.
East Providence scored what proved its lone goal in the middle stanza, Jared Estrella finishing off a Kyle Marquis pass with the man advantage. But it wasn’t nearly enough for the locals, who allowed two more Tolman tallies, including Pedro’s third of the night, prior to intermission.
The second period was marred by some excessive physicality where it appeared a Tolman player threw a punch in a scrum, though the referees didn’t see the infraction.
Like they did on the scoreboard, Tolman held an overwhelming shots-on-goal advantage. The Tigers finished the evening with 37 shots, 31 of which were saved by E.P. sophomore goalie Marc LaValley. Tolman’s Jared DaSilva made 22 saves on 23 shots by the Townies.