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.