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MIAA CMass D3: Shrewsbury shuts down Wachusett for title

Stellar defense and goaltending enabled No. 1 Shrewsbury to claim the Central Mass. Division 3 championship Sunday with a 4-1 victory over No. 2 Wachusett.

Shrewsbury (21-0-1) avenged the only blemish on its record (a tie against Wachusett) in advancing to the State semifinals. Shrewsbury will face Western Mass. champion Longmeadow Wednesday at 5:45 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.

After Wachusett opened the scoring, Shrewsbury erased the deficit with four unanswered goals as junior Pat Shaughnessey continued his outstanding play in goal. He finished with 19 saves.

Caulin Hanify gave Wachusett a 1-0 lead at 5:47 of the first period before Conall Perseschino tied it a little less than two minutes later. James Tepper snapped the tie and gave Shrewsbury the lead for good. Liam Quinlivan and Matt Ward also scored for the Colonials.

The Mountaineers finished 16-5-2.

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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