Central Mass. Top 10 Poll
This has been a special year for No. 10 Auburn, which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its State Championship. Now the Rockets have another reason to celebrate as they have made their first appearance in the weekly Top 10 poll.
Following a 2-1 win over Marlborough on Saturday, Auburn is on the cusp of qualifying for the tournament. Anthony List scored the game-winning goal at 14:02 of the final period. Jordan Bartlett also scored as the Rockets improved to 8-3-1.
Despite a recent skid, No. 6 Groton-Dunstable has also entered the weekly poll. It will need a strong finish to qualify for the tournament, but Groton-Dunstable already owns wins over several tourney-bound teams.
No. 1 Shrewsbury continues to roll. The Colonials posted a win and a tie against division rivals Wachusett and No. 4 North Middlesex. Anthony Quinlivan scored two goals and added three assists as Shrewsbury beat Wachusett, 8-1. Earlier in the week, he had a hat trick in a 5-5 tie with North Middlesex. Ethan Freeman, Matthew DeVito and Nick White produced third period goals to help the Patriots earn the tie.
No. 8 Hudson blanked Leominster, 2-0. Kyle Lally and Bryce Miranda scored third-period goals for the Hawks. It was the second shutout of the week for Ryan Gonzalez.
No. 2 Algonquin shut out Wachusett, 2-0 behind Matthew Bogdanski’s 21 saves. Jack Thibodeau and Sean Prendergast scored one goal each.
Connor Viviano scored two goals and set up another as No. 5 Lunenburg/Ayer defeated Nashoba, 3-1.
Ryan Vigeant snapped a tie at 11:31 of the third period as No. 9 Worcester beat Oakmont 5-2. P.J. Sharry added two goals and an assist.
*Ben Tolman scored a pair of goals to lead Fitchburg past Assabet Valley, 5-2. Ethan Hoecker, Devin LeBlanc and Nathan Jorge added one goal apiece.
*Ryan Hunt scored the game-winning goal as Littleton edged Northbridge, 5-3. Danny Angell added one goal and set up two others for the Tigers.
*Charlie Farrah scored two goals to lead Grafton to a 3-1 decision over Oakmont. Greg Morin scored for Oakmont.