CMass. Top 10: Shrewsbury’s Ward joins 100-point club

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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Matt Ward has gone where only 10 others in program history has gone before him. Ward scored one goal and set up two others to eclipse the century mark in career points as No. 1 Shrewsbury beat Marlboro, 6-3. Ward became the 11th players in school history to produce 100 points. Liam Quinlivan continued his torrid scoring pace with a pair of goals.

Ward continued his hot hand in a 5-3 win over No. 4 Algonquin. He scored twice and assisted on another as the Colonials improved to 11-0. Nolan Kimball, Tommy Ackil and Kevin Reale scored as the Tomahawks dropped to .500 (5-5-1).

No. 2 Wachusett earned a 6-2 triumph over Marlborough behind Liam Comeau’s three goals. Marc Richards added four assists.

After a slow start, most likely due to an adjustment from Division 3A to Division 3, No. 9 Nashoba Regional has entered the Top 10. Nashoba beat Ludlow, 6-4 behind a six-point effort by Bryce Chaput. He scored five goals and set up another. Chaput added a hat trick in Nashoba’s 6-4 win over Algonquin.

Matthew DiVito scored three goals and William Morrissey popped in a pair as No. 5 North Middlesex defeated Westboro, 8-2.

No. 8 Worcester continues to win. Nick Jose scored a  power-play goal with two minutes remaining to lift Worcester to a 1-0 verdict over Littleton. Ethan Spaulding had a 26-save shutout.

Jameson Adee scored the game-winning  goal 2:07 into the middle period to lift No. 7 Grafton past Assabet Valley, 3-1.


– Liam Quinlivan and Matt Ward each had a goal and assist as Shrewsbury edged Hudson, 3-1. Noah Juaire had 13 saves for the Colonials while Adam Devlin made 32  for the Hawks.

– Patrick McCarthy had a pair of goals in Marlboro’’s 3-1 win over Groton-Dunstable.

– Nick Jose scored both of his goals during the third as Worcester beat Hopedale, 6-4. P.J. Sharry added a goal and two assists. Aidan Wilde had a hat trick for Hopedale.

– Matthew McCarthy and Donald Frederick each had a goal and assist as North Middlesex edged Nashoba, 3-2.

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