Central Mass. Top 10
After taking over the top spot in the weekly poll, No. 1 Wachusett is making sure it stays there.
Wachusett beat Westfield, the second-ranked team in Western Massachusetts, 3-0 Saturday. The game could be a preview of the state Division 3 semifinal.
Strong goaltending sparked the Mountaineers. Donovan Alfama secured the shutout with a 24-save performance. Ryan Gardula scored a pair of goals and Grant Gardula added a power-play goal.
No. 2 Algonquin returned to its winning ways with a convincing, 9-2 triumph over Nashoba.
No. 3 Hudson edged No. 4 Auburn/Millbury, 2-1 as Matt Lombardi scored one goal and set up a power-play goal by Jameson Fecteau. The Hawks clinched a postseason berth with the win. The Hawks followed that win with a 9-2 triumph over Leominster behind Lombardi’s hat trick.
Auburn/Millbury rebounded with a 5-2 independent victory over Agawam. Billy Erikson scored two goals and John Rannikko added a pair of assists.
No. 6 Grafton continued its winning ways following a 5-2 win over Nashoba. Cam Bern had a pair of goals and Shane Baker had four assists for the Indians.
No. 7 Westboro was off this past week. They return to play this week against Nashoba on Wednesday.
No. 8 Lunenburg blanked Fitchburg, 5-0. Tyler Dodge had two goals and one assist.
No. 9 Groton-Dunstable defeated No. 10 North Middlesex, 7-1. Tyler Dodge scored two goals and set up another. Ryan Riel had the lone goal for the Patriots.