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Final Regular Season CMass Top 10: Shrewsbury stays on top despite losing final game

Central Mass. Top 10 Poll

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Shrewsbury11622
2Algonquin21145
3Grafton/BVT31901
4Auburn41253
5Wachusett5974
6Lunenburg/Ayer61541
7Hudson7866
8Worcester81361
9North Middlesex98102
10Westborough10893

Despite a 2-1 loss to No. 2 Algonquin Friday night on the last day of the regular season, No. 1 Shrewsbury will stay on top in the HNIB News Central Mass Top 10 heading into the post-season. If anything, it should make for a more exciting post-season, a big confidence booster for the T-Hawks.

Earlier, Tyler Borys scored two goals and Anthony Quinlivan added three assists to power Shrewsbury to a 5-2 triumph over Mass D2 foe Lincoln-Sudbury.

No. 5 Wachusett got hot at the right time.Following an 8-1 loss to Shrewsbury last month, things looked bleak for the Mountaineers. But Wachusett regrouped and finished the regular season on a 6-0-3 run. Liam Comeau scored with 38 seconds remaining to lift the Mountaineers to a 5-5 tie with Leominster. Kevin Skagerlind scored two goals and added an assist for Wachusett.

Jacob Mauro scored two goals and set up another, while Nathan Bourdelais made 16 saves to spark No. 6 Lunenburg/Ayer to a 4-0 victory over Littleton.

Bailey Watts, Peter LeMoine, Kyle Lally and Jake Terra each had one goal and an assist all recorded a goal and an assist to help No. 7 Hudson skate past Peabody, 8-1. Hudson earned a 5-3 victory over No. 9 North Middlesex to eliminate the Patriots from tournament consideration. Phillip Werner scored twice as the Hawks scored four goals during the final five minutes to stun the Patriots.

Jackson Biancher scored during the second period to spark No. 10 Westborough to a 4-2 victory over Marlborough. Cam Sullivan, Tyler Ramm and Jon Rodenbush also scored for Westborough.

HIGHLIGHTS

*Aidan Wilde and P.J. Gray each had a pair of goals to help Hopedale beat Northbridge, 6-3. The Rams won the Russell Conference title for the first time in school history. Hunter Dunn had a goal and three assists.

*Sean Delaney scored two goals to lead Assabet Valley past Gardner, 8-1.

Fran Sypek

Fran Sypek

Fran has covered hockey at all levels, NHL, AHL, junior, college and high school for the Springfield Republican from 1978-2013. His column "Hockey Talk'' appeared in the Sunday Republican. The hockey beat took him from Maine to Arizona in the United States and from Newfoundland to Alberta in Canada. Fran was the recipient of the Matthew Ryan Award for Outstanding Coverage of High School Hockey and the Janet McCormick Award from the Springfield Olympics. He then shifted from pros to college when the University of Massachusetts restored its program and joined Hockey East. Later, he continued covering the Boston Bruins and the Springfield Falcons. Fran's covered future NHL players from Western Massachusetts in Paul Fenton, Bob Kudelski, Rick Bennett and Bill Guerin. He is a member of the Bessone Award committee, which helps select the top high school hockey player in Western Mass. Fran was a goalie for Holyoke Community College in 1973-74 and graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1977. Fran is currently a free lance writer living in Bondsville, Mass and grew up in Chicopee, Mass, has visited all 50 states, and is an avid photographer.