Rams top Hawks for D-1 Hockey title

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The Bishop Hendricken Hawks were beaten 5-2 by the La Salle Academy Rams in Game 3 of the D-I Boys Hockey title series on Monday night at Brown University.

La Salle’s Brayden Edwards earned the Most Valuable Player Award, with five goals and two assists in the series.The game was closer than the score would indicate as La Salle tacked on two empty-net goals late in the game to seal the deal.

Hendricken may have been without its star freshman Brett Berard, who is away at an invitation-only tryout for this summer’s USA Hockey U16 development camp, but the Hawks gave La Salle all it could handle.

“Brett got us here and I can’t be more proud of the guys this weekend,” Hendricken head coach James Creamer said. “They were just fantastic. We got every single solitary thing out of them that we could. I really couldn’t have asked for anything else.”

Hendricken junior goaltender Patrick Gribbin was sharp in the net all series, stopping a combined 79 shots.

“I think Patrick was outstanding,” Creamer said. “He was just rock solid all weekend. Again, just part of that group that really stepped it up this weekend and as a result, we were hanging in there with a tie game going into the third period.”

What stood out the most to Creamer in the playoffs was the effort and leadership of his seniors, John McCarthy, Hunter Damm, Tyler Brown, Ben DeFelice, and Ryan Bayne.

“They’re kids that just really played it out for us and gave us everything they could,” Creamer said. “And they led quietly, they led through hard work and by doing the right things. Our senior class has been just spectacular through the playoffs and I can’t say enough about them.”

La Salle got on the stat sheet first when Robert Doorley lit the lamp after an assist from Alex Newton at 8:45 of the first period and took a 1-0 edge.

Less than four minutes later, Hendricken got even when Jacob Paolino put the biscuit in the basket after assists from Matt Dumond and Cam Toussaint.

The teams were deadlocked at 1 after one period.

At 1:36 of the second period, Hendricken junior Dylan Webber scored with a wrister after assists from Jack Dean and Drew Haxton and put the Hawks up 2-1.

Both La Salle’s Justin Spencer and Hendricken’s Gribbin made a handful of saves over the next several minutes before La Salle tied the game at 2 with a goal from Matt Pimental after assists from Edwards and Liam Peterson with 1:25 remaining in the period.

After two periods, the squads were knotted at two.

Then, at 5:20 of the third period, La Salle’s Ryan Schwender scored the go-ahead goal after assists from Edwards and Zenas Kennedy.

With a little over a minute to play, Hendricken pulled its goaltender in an effort to rally, but it backfired when Edwards made a pair of empty-netters to close the game out with a final score of 5-2.

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