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Central Mass. Top 10: #1 Shrewsbury turns back #2 Algonquin, #4 Wachusett

Central Mass. Top 10 Poll

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James Tepper

No. 1 Shrewsbury maintained its hold on the top spot after it beat No. 2 Algonquin, 2-1. James Tepper and Tyler Borys scored one goal apiece for the Colonials and Pat Shaughnessy made 25 saves. Jacob Alpert scored for Algonquin. Matthew Bodganski finished with 20 saves.

No. 4 Wachusett, which held a 2-1 lead during the third period, also threw a scare into Shrewsbury. But like so many teams have learned, it can be very difficult to close the deal against the Colonials. Shrewsbury overcame the deficit with three unanswered goals during the final period en route to a 4-2 verdict.

Liam Quinlivan scored two goals to spark the Colonials. Anthony Quinlivan added a goal and assist. Tyler Borys had three assists and Conall Pereschino put the game out of reach with an empty-net goal. Pat Shaughnessy made 18 saves and was outstanding during the final period.

Shrewsbury hasn’t lost to a D3 opponent during the regular season in nearly three years (Feb. 2015).

No. 6 North Middlesex earned what was perhaps its biggest win of the season following a 7-0 triumph over Wachusett. Trent Costa had two goals and two assists to spark the Patriots. Matthew DeVito also had a pair of goals. Thomas Kelly made 14 saves.


* Charlie Farrah had a pair of goals to spark Grafton to a 7-1 victory over Minnechaug. Trevor Thomas and Hayden Meyer each contributed a goal and assist.

*Aidan Wilde had two goals to help Hopedale earn a 4-2 decision over Northbridge. Tyler Almeida added two assists.  Easton Hanson and Hunter Dunn also scored for Hopedale. Matt Shaver made 23 saves. Jimmy Stolarczyk and Matt McGreevy scored for Northbridge.

* Marcus Chrisafideis, Matt Farrell and Kyle Caissie had one goal apiece as Marlborough edged Auburn, 3-2.  Anthony List and Drew Darger both scored in the first period for Auburn.

Ryan LeBlanc struck for two goals late during the final period period to spark Nashoba to a 5-3 decision over Worcester. Nashoba’s Robbie Carter scored the first three goals for his team. Nick Jose, Matthew Mahan and P.J. Sharry scored for Worcester.

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.