CMass. Top 10: Quinlivan scores five, #1 Shrewsbury shuts down #2 Wachusett

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.

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Central Mass. Top 10 Poll

RankTeam[tooltip text="PR*" gravity="ne"]Previous Ranking[/tooltip]WLT
1Shrewsbury11800
2Wachusett21441
3North Middlesex31041
4Algonquin41062
5Auburn5874
6Groton-Dunstable6891
7Nashoba7991
8Marlboro81080
9Littleton91232
10Oakmont101143
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No. 1 Shrewsbury left no doubt it is the team to beat in Central Mass. D3 following a 5-0 triumph over No. 2 Wachusett. Anthony Quinlivan stepped up and scored  five goals,. Matt Ward contributed four assists.  Pat Shaughnessey earned the shutout with a 13-save effort.

The two teams meet again on Wednesday.

Mike Putnam
Wachusett

The Colonials continued their bid for an undefeated season Saturday with a 7-2 triumph over No. 5 Auburn. Matt Ward had a hat trick.

Wachusett rebounded from its loss to Shrewsbury with a 2-0 win over the top team in Western Mass., Longmeadow. Mike Putnam made 19 saves to record the shutout.  The game was scoreless entering the final period until the Mountaineers got goals from Shane Sullivan and Liam Comeau.

John Paterson scored a pair of third-period goals as No. 4 Algonquin, edged No. 7 Nashoba, 3-2 . The Tomahawks secured the Roy Conference crown with the win. Bobby Denaro had a goal and assist for Nashoba, which needs a win in its final game Monday against Hopkinton to qualify for the tournament.  Bryce Chaput also scored.

Owen O’Brien made 37 saves to record his first shutout of the season to spark No. 8 Marlboro to a 4-0 decision over No. 3 North Middlesex. Ryan MacGlashing scored a pair of goals.

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