Central Mass. Top 10
Algonquin knows how to prepare for the playoffs. The Tomahawks have engaged in three tight-checking games against top teams.
Algonquin has fashioned ties against powers like Shrewsbury and Wachusett and on Saturday, the Tomahawks shut down reigning Western Mass. champion Westfield, 5-2.
Nolan Kimball had a hat trick, while Nicholas Larsen and Bennett MacAuley added single tallies also scored for the Tomahawks against Westfield.
Matthew Bogdanski has keyed the Tomahawks surge with outstanding goaltending. Against Westfield, backup Zachery Robbins made the most of his opportunity and finished with 17 saves.
Earlier during the week, Algonquin dropped a close, 1-0 independent decision to Wayland for the Tomahawks first loss this season.
Reigning Division 3A champion Lunenburg/Ayer/Shirley also won a playoff-type game, edging Littleton., 3-2. Aaron O’Connor scored his second goal of the game 8:24 into the third to lift the Blue Knights. Sean Keefe and Maddox Lizotte scored for Littleton.