Defense and goaltending proved to be the difference once again as No. 1 Shrewsbury (18-2-2) repeated as Central Mass. Division 3 champion Sunday with a 4-1 triumph over Algonquin.
Shrewsbury, the reigning state champion, will play Western Mass. champ Westfield Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the MassMutual Center in Springfield for the right to advance to Sunday’s State title game at TD Garden. It is a rematch of last season’s state semifinal.
Anthony Quinlivan scored two goals to power the Colonials. Jack Tepper and Tyler Borys also scored while Jack Thibodeau had Algonquin’s goal.
Borys opened the scoring 1:48 into the game, before he and Liam Quinlivan set up Anthony Quinlivan for a 2-0 Shrewsbury lead. Tepper scored to make it 3-0 at 10:16 of the second period. Thibodeau cut the margin to 3-1 at 9:11 of the final period before Anthony Quinlivan iced it for the Colonials with an empty-net goal with 13 seconds left. Pat Shaugnessy finished with 27 saves.
Algonquin finished 12-5-5.
Jared Simmons scored two goals and set up another to power Lunenburg/Ayer to a 5-1 victory over previously unbeaten Grafton/BVT in the Central Mass. Division 3A title game Sunday at the Wallace Civic Center.
Lunenburg (16-4-1) advanced to the state championship game Wednesday night at 7:30 against Western Mass. champion Easthampton.
Grafton/BVT (20-1-1) opened the scoring 76 seconds into the game when Tyler Baker converted a feed from Noah Charron. But Lunenburg responded with five unanswered goals to stun the tournament’s top seed.