Titans roll past Thunderbirds

Posted 2/1/23

The Warwick/Chariho Titans Co-op overpowered the Cranston/East Greenwich Thunderbirds Co-op 10-3 during a Division I Girls Hockey duel at Thayer Arena on Saturday night.

Ayla Paley, a sophomore …

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Titans roll past Thunderbirds


The Warwick/Chariho Titans Co-op overpowered the Cranston/East Greenwich Thunderbirds Co-op 10-3 during a Division I Girls Hockey duel at Thayer Arena on Saturday night.

Ayla Paley, a sophomore forward, topped the Titans with four goals.

“She’s one of our better players,” Warwick head coach Don Centracchio said. “And we need her to do that because we haven’t had much of an offense since the beginning of the season. And this weekend they put some pucks in the net and that’s what we needed. Without that, we’re not going to win games.”

Elizabeth Cavanagh, a Titans senior captain, recorded three tallies.

“Liz had a hat trick last night and tonight,” Centracchio said. “Two nights in a row. And we just recently moved her up from defense to offense. And it’s paying off. And we went with one strong line. We were trying to spread the kids apart, having balanced lines, but we finally went with a scoring line and this was the first week we had it out, and they put up almost 15 goals this weekend. So, that’s impressive.”

All three of the Thunderbirds goals came from Mia Schenenga, a senior center.

Hailey Davis, a senior captain and goaltender, made 33 saves in net for Cranston, while Warwick sophomore goaltender Emily Tullie recorded 15 stops.

Warwick drew a 1-0 advantage at 1:28 of the opening period when sophomore forward Georgia Geld scored on a rebound shot following assists from Cavanagh and Paley.

Schenenga knotted the score at 1, two-and-a-half minutes later, when she fired a wrister past Tullie after an assist from Jeremi Morrison, a senior captain.

Cranston grabbed a 2-1 advantage at 6:20 of the first frame just after Schenenga skated in front of the net and slipped a backhanded shot past Tullie behind an assist from Sarah Walsh, a freshman.

Nevertheless, at 8:32 of the period, the Titans evened the score at 2 when Cavanagh launched a wrister past Davis. Paley and Hayley Clem had the assists on that tally.

In the second period, Paley scored all four of her goals and gave the Titans a 6-2 lead.

Clem and Helena Beasley, a junior defenseman, supplied two assists apiece to Paley during the second period while Cavanagh registered one assist.

Warwick upped its margin to 7-2, two minutes and forty-two seconds into the third frame, after Cavanagh scored a breakaway goal following assists from Paley and Mary Centracchio, a senior goaltender and defenseman.

At 8:42 of the final frame, Schenenga inched Cranston within 7-3 when the senior rocketed a shot into the right side of the net. That tally went unassisted.

Notwithstanding, Warwick upped its buffer to 8-3 just as Cavanagh recorded her third goal, 21 seconds later, following passes from Paley and Feld.

Thirteen seconds after that, Brianna Limoges, a junior forward, registered a tally behind assists from freshman Aliya Rose and junior Aubrey Gatti, and that put the Titans on top 9-3.

Lastly, at 13:48 of the frame, Centracchio lit the lamp following an assist from Nadia McFarlane, a sophomore, which gave Warwick the 10-3 victory. 

The previous night, the Titans earned their first win of the season when they shut out the Thunderbirds 9-0 in Game 1 of the home-and-home series.

With the series-sweep, Warwick improved its season record to 2-4-2. The Titans play next on Friday at home at 5:30 p.m. against the Barrington/Mt. Hope/Portsmouth Co-op.

The Titans hope to add to their two-game winning streak and Coach Centracchio believes his team is getting better every time they lace up their skates.

“There’s no two ways about it,” Centracchio said. “We have a good coaching staff and the girls listen and they’re really progressing. That’s all we wanted. That’s how we were going to measure the season, progression, and it’s happening. So, we’re very happy.”

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