“Playing in a big rink helped us,’’ Shrewsbury coach Steve Turnblom said. “We knew we could outskate these guys and we totally outskated them.’’
MIAA D3 Central/West Semifinal: CMass champ Shrewsbury blanks Westfield
It’s been often said that offense gets headlines and defense wins championships.
Shrewsbury is fortunate to have more than enough of both.
Anthony Quinlivan scored two first period goals and Pat Shaughnessy recorded the shutout with a 20-save performance as Shrewsbury beat Westfield, 5-0 in a state Division 3 semifinal.
Shrewsbury (22-0-1) advances to Sunday’s state championship game at TD Bank Garden against Old Rochester/Fairhaven. The Colonials will try to become the 16th high school team in state history to finish the season without a loss.
Somewhat overshadowed by Shrewsbury’s flock of speedy forwards and puck-moving defensemen is Shaughnessy (20 saves). He made three point-blank saves during a Westfield power play in the second period.
“Pat plays with a lot of poise,’’ Turnblom said. “When we do make a mistake, he’s been there to save us.”
Shrewsbury dominated this one from the start. The Colonials fired the game’s first 11 shots on Cam Parent (25 saves) and moved to an early, 2-0 lead.
“We knew if we could jump on them early, we could hold on,’’ said Anthony Quinlivan, who had three points “My linemates sent me in on mini-breakaways.’’
Both times, Quinlivan didn’t miss.
Westfield, a team that thinks defense first, had trouble handling Shrewsbury’s speed and crisp passing. Breakdowns by the Bombers led to the Colonials’ first two goals.
“We just couldn’t corral them,’’ Westfield coach C.B. “Moose’’ Matthews said. “They’re quick and they move the puck well.’’
Shrewsbury beat Westfield, 2-1 on Dec. 16 for its first win. “They’ve come a long way since then,’’ Matthews said.
Matt Ward (two assists), sent Quinlivan in alone at 3:15. Quinlivan put a quick move on Parent before slipping a shot past him to give the Colonials a 1-0 lead.
A power-play opportunity late in the first period gave Westfield an opportunity to tie the game. But Shrewsbury used a short-handed goal by Quinlivan to move to a 2-0 advantage.
Once again, Ward sent the speedy Quinlivan in alone and he made good on his second breakaway bid at 10:12 for the 2-0 lead.
Jack Tepper converted a feed from Liam Quinlivan (three assists) with 30.3 seconds left in the second period as Shrewsbury moved to a 3-0 lead. Cornall Perechino and James Tepper added third period goals.