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Central Mass. Top 10: #1 Shrewsbury edges WMass. power Longmeadow

Central Mass. Top 10 Poll

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Shrewsbury11112
2Algonquin2933
3Grafton/BVT31501
4North Middlesex4662
5Lunenburg51231
6Auburn10952
7Westborough7652
8Hudson8544
9Worcester9851
10Groton-Dunstable66100

In what could be a state semifinal playoff preview, No. 1 Shrewsbury edged Longmeadow, 3-1 on Saturday. It was an evenly matched game between the top team in Western Mass and the Central Mass. Top 10 leader but the difference was the outstanding goaltending of Pat Shaughnessy.

Longmeadow, on the short end of a 1-0 score, came out firing during the second period. The Lancers outshot the Colonials, 8-0 in the opening minutes of the period and Shaugnessy frustrated Longmeadow with several outstanding saves.

Liam Quinlivan scored a pair of goals for Shrewsbury. Jack Tepper had the other goal. Longmeadow outshot Shrewsbury, 18-16. Earlier in the week, Shrewsbury downed No 8 Hudson, 6-2.

No. 2 Algonquin had a 2-0-1 week, including a win over No. 10 Groton-Dunstable. Sean Prendergast had a goal and three assists as the Tomahawks clinched a tournament berth.

No. 3 Grafton/BV picked up three wins and raised its record to 15-0-1. Charlie Farrah scored twice and assisted on a goal by Noah Charron as the Indians scored twice in the third period to defeat Northbridge.

No. 4 North Middlesex beat No. 7 Westborough, 5-2 and lost to Wachusett, 2-0.

No. 5 Lunenburg beat No. 9 Worcester, 5-2.

No. 6 Auburn tied Algonquin, 1-1, and beat Agawam, 7-4.

HIGHLIGHTS

*Liam Comeau scored two goals to spark Wachusetts to a 2-0 victory over North Middlesex as the Mountaineers make a late season playoff push. Jackson King earned his third shutout following a 21-save effort.

*Jared Simmons scored the game-winning goal in Lunenburg’s 5-2 triumph over Worcester. Brett Holman added one goal and set up another. Matthew Mahan and Dan Rafuse scored for Worcester.

*Aidan Wilde had two goals and an assist as Hopedale humbled Gardner, 9-1.

*James Peterson scored the winning goal during a power play as Litttleton edged Oakmont, 5-3. Nicholas Brown added an empty net goal. Jacob Montepeluso had two goals and an assist for Littleton and Ben Hays also scored. Joe Zadroga, Casey Cormier and Greg Morin scored for Oakmont.

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.