Ron Wilson is a combination Barnes and Ernie D, and as a result Providence games feature high scores (the Friars averaged nearly six goals a game last season), breakaways galore and a lot of open ice. Ron likes to lurk at the Friars' offensive end longer than any ordinary defenseman would dream of, just waiting to intercept the opposition's passout. Then—slap!—a Providence goal. Ron needs only 78 points this season to become the highest scorer in Eastern history.
Despite his college success, however, he must add at least 20 pounds to his skinny frame or the pro scouts will continue to describe him only as "a good little player." And while they concede that Ron is a different breed of defenseman, they don't appreciate the fact that he played an entire college season (1973-74) without getting a penalty. Or that he still has all his teeth. So Ron might switch to center; he tried the position last season against Boston College and set up three goals in his first four shifts.
Ron and his brothers have started quickly again this season. After Brad and Randy helped win the home opener over Merrimack, Providence played on Merrimack's ice, where Ron scored his first goal of the season on a power play, with an assist from Brad. Randy followed with two goals—one with Brad's help—and Brad set up the fourth Friar score. Indeed, it was not until the ninth Providence goal of the new season that a P.A. announcer was obliged to omit the name " Wilson" from his summary. At that point, with the Friars leading 5-2, the Merrimack fans unveiled an old bed sheet that read: THE WILSON BROTHERS SLEEP TOGETHER. The Wilsons laughed last, though. Ron set up the game-winning goal in a 6-5 victory.
Forget that bed sheet. One thing's for certain: THE WILSON BROTHERS SCORE TOGETHER.