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CMass Top 10: Goalie Lamplough makes No. 4 Nashoba dangerous

Central Mass. Top 10 Poll

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Strong goaltending is a must for any team that wants to go deep in the postseason. Charlie Lamplough has the talent and experience to take No. 4 Nashoba far in the Division 3A tournament.  He has led the Chieftains to a school record 16-2 season.

Lamplough has followed some great goaltenders and has learned from them. He is arguably one of the top goaltenders in Central Mass. He has the stats to back that up. He owns a 1.17 goals against average and a .946 save percentage.

No. 1 Shrewsbury continues to win close games as it separates itself from the rest of the pack. The Colonials will likely garner the No. 1 seed for the CMass Division 3 Tournament that eluded them last season. Liam Quinlivan scored the game-winner 4:36 into the third period to lift Shrewsbury to a 4-2 win over No. 7 Wachusett.

HS-Festival-Ad-300x150In a battle of the top two teams, Shrewsbury blanked No. 2 Algonquin, 2-0. Matt Ward and Joe Walton scored, for the Colonials.  Shane Gorrie made 21 saves to secure the shutout.. Michael Tascione had 29 saves for the Tomahawks.

The win gave the Colonials their second victory of the week against a Top 10 opponent. Shrewsbury’s shutdown defense should make them a tough team to face in the postseason.

Aidan Rolli gave Wachusett the early lead in the first period before Shrewsbury’s Dante Simone and Patrick Kelly responded with goals during the second period. Andrew Iacaboni had Wachusett’s other goal, and Christian Mauro provided Shrewsbury with a 4-2 edge.

Donnie Frederick, Matthew DeVito and Trent Costa scored one goal apiece as No. 5 North Middlesex edged St. Bernard’s, 2-0. Joe Sheridan finished with 26 saves.

Ryan Dodge scored twice to spark No. 3 Groton-Dunstable to a 3-0 triumph over No. 6 Hudson.  Eric Niemoller had one goal and set up another. Nevin Tardif had 14 saves.

Hudson rebounded from that loss with a 4-1 win over Marlborough. Rocco Malloy had a hat trick as the Hawks. Kyle Lally also scored for Hudson. Patrick McCarthy scored for Marlboro, and Brian Powell turned in an outstanding effort with 49 saves.

No. 8 Grafton earned a 1-1 tie with Littleton. Dimitri Dutkewych scored in the third period and J.J. Stadler made 22 saves.

No. 9 Assabet/Maynard used the comeback route to earn a 2-2 tie with Worcester. Cam Benway and Zach Magarian scored in the third period. The point provided the Aztecs with a share of the Russell Conference title for the first time in the history of the program. Chris Lazaros came up big in goal for the Aztecs with 26 saves

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.