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Western Mass Top 10: Longmeadow Wrests Away #1 Billing

Western Mass.Top 10

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Longmeadow2542
2Westfield1650
3Amherst/Pelham3900
4Minnechaug4551
5Greenfield7702
6Belchertown5812
7South Hadley6730
8Easthampton8550
9LudlowNR431
10East Longmeadow10361

The battle for first place in the Berry Division looks like it will be determined by head-to-head competition.

Sure enough, Longmeadow took the first step in that direction after it defeated Westfield, 4-1.  It was a decisive win for the Lancers against their biggest rival.

After falling behind 1-0 on a goal by Ryan Moorhouse, the Lancers proceeded to rip off four unanswered goals. Rob Giampetro and Joe Santanielllo struck for first period goals to give Longmeadow the lead for good, 2-1.

Jack Barron added one goal and two assists.

Westfield, meanwhile, continued its ambitious independent schedule with a 5-2 loss to Central Mass. power Algonquin, while Longmeadow played to a 2-2 tie with Lincoln Sudbury.

Barron and Mason Baron Pinkowski scored for the Lancers against Lincoln Sudbury.

Meanwhile, #3 Amherst/Pelham remains perfect on the season at 9-0-0.

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.