Central Mass. D3 Poll: Shrewsbury still on the top rung

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.

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Central Mass. Top 10 Poll

RankTeamPrevious RankingWLT
1Shrewsbury11020
2North Middlesex2702
3Algonquin3723
4Wachusett4531
5Oakmont5721
6Leominster6851
7Littleton10721
8Worcester7822
9Nashoba8540
10Grafton9761

Not even a loss to Division One power Springfield Cathedral could keep No. 1 Shrewsbury from retaining its top position in the weekly poll. The Colonials have been the class of Central Mass.

No. 2 North Middlesex has yet to lose and still can’t overtake Shrewsbury. No. 4 Wachusett was the latest Quinn Conference team to fall to Shrewsbury.

No. 7 Littleton moved up three spots following a strong week. Wachusett survived a scare and needed five third-period goals to beat Groton-Dunstable.

Both No. 9 Nashoba and No. 10 Grafton continue to hover around the .500 mark.

Highlights

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Jack Quinlivan
Shrewsbury

– Jack Quinlivan had two goals and an assist as Shrewsbury defeated Wachusett for the fourth straight time. Freshman David Bunsick made 17 saves. It was his second career start.

– Kyle Johnson scored the game’s lone goal during the first period as Fitchburg edged Nashoba Regional, 1-0. Zach Hackey finished with 25 saves.

– Brian Boulette scored three goals for the hat trick to spark a rally that lifted Wachusett over Groton-Dunstable, 7-4.

 

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