Central Mass. Top 10 Poll
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.
*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.