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MIAA CMass Finals: Shrewsbury repeats in D3; Lunenburg/Ayer upsets Grafton/BVT in D3A


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.

Anthony Quinlivan

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

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.

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.