CMass Top 10 Poll: Can Anyone Dethrone Shrewsbury?

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Central Mass. Top 10 Poll

RankTeamWLT
1Shrewsbury2121
2Wachusett1652
3Groton-Dunstable1650
4Algonquin1092
5Marlboro893
6Lunenberg1632
7Westboro9111
8Auburn/Millbury2181
9Nashoba7111
10Leominster1281

Talk to any high school hockey coach in Central Massachusetts and the forecast for the 2014-2015 season can be summed up in one word: Parity.

“It should be wide open,” Grafton coach Brian Lehtinen said. “A lot of teams should be in the mix.”

Reigning state Division 3 champion Shrewsbury looks like the team to beat. The No. 1 Colonials won last season with experience and return some of the top players in the region including Dan and Jack Quinlivan.

No. 2  Wachusett could be a threat to recapture the title it lost last season. The key will be how quickly its young players improve. No. 3 Groton-Dunstable has adjusted quite well to its move to Division 3 and should be among the contenders again. Matt Tozeski will be a senior captain and leader No. 4 Algonquin.

No. 5 Marlboro will count on its cast of returning veterans to compete for the title. Senior forward Eric Bastarche returns. Dan Baldino who reached 100 points last season, is back for No. 6 Lunenburg. No 7 Westborough should continue to improve. Coach Chet Hallice will count on his team’s defense to step up.

Coach Glen Bombard will count on leadership for No. 8 Auburn. Replacing graduated goalie Devyn Levesque will be the priorty for No. 9 Nashoba, which also brings back a good group of experienced players. No. 10 Leominster welcomes Casey Beaulac as the coach this winter.

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