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Fans Support Local Girls Ice Hockey Team

The team of Shrewsbury, Westborough, Wachusett and St. Peter-Marian students held an electronics fundraiser Saturday.

Fans (and TVs, and monitors) coming to the Shrewsbury High School parking lot Saturday supported a multi-school girls ice hockey team.

The Shrewsbury High team's first electronics fundraiser in two years was designed to help pay the students' expenses, co-captain Samantha DiReda said. The event is the group's only fundraiser, she said.

The team is open to Shrewsbury students in grades seven to 12, and Westborough, Wachusett Regional and St. Peter-Marian high school students.

"It's expensive," DiReda said.

"Some players can't even play because it was $1,000 last year."

Saturday's event raised about $5,000, team member Melanie Borglund said.

The season lasts 20 games, plus playoffs, DiReda said.

Last season, the team finished 9-7-5 and qualified for the state tournament, head coach Frank Panarelli said. The team plays its home games at the Lake Avenue Arena in Worcester.

The upcoming season is the team's fifth, he said.

"I see more activity. More girls are playing hockey," Panarelli said.

"We see more younger kids coming up, which is good. It's growing as a sport.

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