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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.

SHREWSBURY’s Jim Tepper battles for position in front of Westfield Goalie Cam Parent with defenseman Sean Moorhouse. (Fran Sypek photo)

“Playing in a big rink helped us,’’ Shrewsbury coach Steve Turnblom said. “We knew we could outskate these guys and we totally outskated them.’’

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.
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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