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CMass. D3 Top 10: #5 Lunenburg/Ayer primed for post-season success

Central Mass. Top 10 Poll

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With little fanfare, No. 5 Lunenburg/Ayer is having quite the season. The Blue Knights have already clinched a tournament berth. Lunenburg is 13-4-1 and poised for a lengthy playoff run.

Connor Viviano has been an offensive force. He scored a pair of goals to spark Lunenburg/Ayer to a 6-0 triumph over Oakmont. Jacob Mauro scored one goal and added two assists. Nathan Bourdelais, who will be a key during the postseason, fashioned the shutout with 20 saves.

Matthew Metras scored two goals and set up another to spark No. 4 North Middlesex to a 5-3 decision over Lunenburg/Ayer.  Matthew DeVito, Cameron Stairs and Michael Amari also scored. Viviano, Mauro and Noah Razzetti scored for Lunenburg.

Liam Quinlivan had a hat trick and set up another goal as No. 1 Shrewsbury rolled past Acton-Boxborough, 6-2. Anthony Quinlivan scored twice and added two assists to lift top-ranked Shrewsbury.

No. 2 Algonquin was shut out, 3-0 by Westfield.

No. 3 Grafton/BV remained unbeaten following a 3-1 win over No. 9 Worcester. Charlie Farrah, Noah Charron and Hatden Meyer had one goal apiece for the 16-0-1 Indians. David Brissette scored for Worcester.

Anthony List, Caleb Mackin and Drew Darger scored one goal apiece to spark No. 6 Auburn to a 3-1 victory over No. 8 Hudson. Nick Werner scored the lone Hudson goal.

Luke Sullivan’s second goal of the game came during a power play at 6:30 of the final period help No. 7 Westborough earn a 5-3 victory over Leominster. Will Schiffman made 21 saves for Westborough.

P.J. Sharry’s fifth goal came with 2:21 remaining to snap a tie and lift No. 9 Worcester to a 5-4 victory over Littleton. Littleton’s Nicholas Brown tied the game, 4-4, 11:25 into the third period. Justin Montepeluso scored two goals for Littleton.

Andrew Berube scored with 33 seconds left to lift Groton Dunstable to a 2-2 tie with No. 10 Wachusett. Liam McDonough added a goal and assist for the Crusaders.. Marc Richards and Liam Comeau scored second period goals for the Mountaineers.


*Aidan Wilde celebrated his 100th career point with a hat trick as Hopedale blanked Assabet Valley 5-0.The Blue Raiders secured a tournament berth. Hunter Dunn set up two goals, while Peter Sanchioni and Mike Harnett added one goal apiece. Matt Shaver had a 15-save shutout.

*Matt McGreevy had a hat trick and set up four goals for a seven-point game as Northbridge grounded Gardner, 14-0. Chris Wells and Brendan Murphy each made five saves for the combined shutout.

*Harrison Carter and Jameson Brideau delivered early first period goals to help Nashoba earn a 2-2 tie with Auburn. Ryan Lempicki and Adam Lanier responded with goals for Auburn.

*Theo Reynolds scored two goals and set up another to lead |Leominster to a 6-1 victory over St. Bernard’s. Joe Russo and Zach Melanson each scored one goal and an assist.

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.