SHREWSBURY, Mass. — The Shrewsbury High boys hockey team defeated Algonquin, 4-3, on Wednesday for an MIAA quarterfinal win, but only after a five-man shootout put both teams on the ice fast and furious to end the game.
The Shrewsbury Colonials and Algonquin Tomahawks were tied 1-1 going into the second period, but Shrewsbury edged ahead thanks to a goal by Daniel Quinlivan, assisted by his brother, Jack.
Algonquin's Dylan Connelly tied it up with his second goal of the game, which led to a scoreless sudden-death overtime. In the end, the five-man shootout gave the Colonials the victory.
The shooters may have scored the winning goals, but the night belonged to Shrewsbury's freshman goalie Shane Gorrie, who provided a vital save during a Tomahawks breakaway in the final seconds of the third period. Gorrie also staved off Algonquin shooters during the shootout to give Shrewsbury the edge.
Gorrie said he tried not to think about the pressure.
“You try to just play your game,” he said. “Every game I've played this season, I've gained a little more confidence. I've just kept on going, playing a little better ever game.”
Shrewsbury head coach Steve Turnblom said, “This guy kept us in it and gave us our shot to win."
Turnblom praised sophomore Trever Shea, who didn't play a shift during the game but scored the game-winning goal during the shootout.
“A small kid, but a big part of our future, and he showed it tonight," Turnblom said. "For not playing a shift, you'd think he'd be rusty and cold, but he got it done.”
Shrewsbury will face Wachusett next week in the semifinals.
Shrewsbury 1 1 0 0 2 - 4
Algonquin 1 0 1 0 1 - 3
First Period: Shrewsbury goal by Nick Franchi, assist by Dillon Brown. Algonquin goal by Dylan Connelly, assist by Andrew Kraft.
Second Period: Shrewsbury goal by Daniel Quinlivan, assist by Jack Qunilivan.
Third Period: Algonquin goal by Connelly, assist by Mitch Bolduc.
Sudden Death Overtime: N/A
Five-Man Shootout: Shrewsbury goals by Jack Quinlivan and Trever Shea. Algonquin goal by Matt Tozeski.