No postseason for Johnston/NP

No postseason for Johnston/NP

North Providence senior Brandon Tanguay, shown getting ready to take a faceoff during the Johnston/NP co-op hockey team’s overtime victory over Mount Hope on Feb. 23, scored a pair of goals last Saturday night, his 24th and 25th of the season, but West Warwick/EWG was still able to skate away with a 5-4 victory. (Breeze photo by Eric Benevides)
Defeat to West Warwick/EWG, wins by division rivals force co-op hockey team to finish season in fifth place

NORTH SMITHFIELD – The power wasn’t the only thing that went out in North Providence and Johnston last weekend.

The Johnston/North Providence co-op hockey team, which skated into its “Senior Night” regular-season finale last Saturday against the West Warwick/Exeter-West Greenwich co-op squad in third place and on the doorstep of a Division III playoff berth, found itself on the outside looking into the postseason once the night came to a close.

Not only did the WW/EWG co-op team escape the Rhode Island Sports Center with a 5-4 victory, but it also helped knock Johnston/NP into fifth place.

Only the top four teams in the standings advanced to this weekend’s best-of-three semifinals. And despite having a winning record of 9-8-1 that’s good for 19 points, the locals saw the two teams behind them in the standings, Mount Hope (9-7 with two overtime losses) and the Woonsocket/Scituate co-op team (9-6-2), clinch the third and fourth places by grabbing victories that same night that gave them their 20th points of the season.

Last Saturday’s loss saw North Providence senior center Brandon Tanguay score his 24th and 25th goals of the season to lead Johnston/NP’s attack. The team captain entered the week atop the league leaders in goals scored and tied for second in total points with 41, and he will graduate with 87 goals and 56 assists.

Johnston/NP also received a goal and an assist from Johnston sophomore Ryan DiLorenzo, another goal from NP freshman Jeremy Gervais, and multiple assists from NP sophomore Christian Campbell.

Both teams took 26 shots on goal.