Boys Mass HS: Western Mass. Top 10 – Wahconah Jumps Up To #5

Chris Kyne
Chris Kyne
Chris Kyne is a hockey devotee who has spent most of his life playing, coaching, and writing about hockey. The 2019-2020 season is Chris' first year covering Central and Western Mass. hockey for Hockey Night in Boston. Chris has spent the past five years covering hockey and other sports for the Worcester Telegram. He is currently in his 14th season as an assistant coach with the Fitchburg State University Men's Ice Hockey team. Chris also is a Learn to Skate instructor for the Peak Performance program in Fitchburg. Chris grew up in Waterford, CT where he played youth hockey, before playing Jr. A hockey for the Connecticut Jr. Whalers. Chris graduated from the University of Connecticut where earned a Communications degree, while also covering sports for the Daily Campus. Chris currently works at Leominster High School, where he has spent the past 12 years as a history teacher. Chris lives in Sterling, MA with his wife Gabrielle, and his two daughters, Quinn (7) and Delaney (4), who both play hockey.

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Western Mass.Top 10

RankTeam[tooltip text="PR*" gravity="ne"]Previous Ranking[/tooltip]WLT
1Longmeadow1320
2Westfield2230
3Minnechaug3220
4West SpringfieldNR220
5Wahconah8301
6Amherst/Pelham6310
7Belchertown10101
8East Longmeadow4220
9ChicopeeNR300
10AgawamNR121

Longmeadow (3-2-0) has been busy early on with convincing wins over Minnechaug and Westfield to establish themselves as the early team to beat in Western Mass.  The Lancers are coming off a pair of losses however, dropping a 2-1 contest to Hudson most recently and also falling to West Springfield.

Westfield (2-3-0) split a pair of games in the Canalmen Classic at Gallo Arena on the Cape.  The Bombers fell to Dartmouth, 5-2 in the opening game of the tournament before rebounding with a 5-1 win over Revere/Malden/Matignon in the consolation game.

Minnechaug (2-2-0) dropped their first two games of the season, but they have rebounded nicely with a pair of quality wins over West Springfield and East Longmeadow.

West Springfield (2-2-0) has proven their worth already in the young season.  The Terriers opened their season by losing to top-ranked Longmeadow, 4-2, and third-ranked Minnechaug, 5-4.  West Springfield bounced back with a 5-3 win over Longmeadow and a 5-2 decision Sunday over Agawam.  Darren Buteau led the way in the win with two goals and an assist.

Wahconah (3-0-1) is off to a strong start as evidenced by a big 3-0 win over Amherst-Pelham.  Owen Kroboth had a pair of goals for a Warriors team that only won three games last season.  Jake Risley has been strong in net so far.  He recorded 33 saves to earn the shutout against the Hurricanes.

Amherst-Pelham (3-1-0) hasn’t allowed a goal other than that loss to Wahconah.  Jon Hanscom has been strong in net for the Hurricanes.  Most recently, he stopped all 15 shots he saw in a 2-0 win over South Hadley.

Belchertown (1-0-1) has only played twice so far, but the early returns are positive, picking up a 5-1 win over Southwick before tying Wahconah, 1-1.

East Longmeadow (2-2-0) split a couple games at the Dana Willard Christmas Tournament in Auburn, beating Worcester and losing to Auburn.  Most recently, the Spartans fell to Minnechaug, 5-0.

Chicopee (3-0-0) is off to a perfect start while Agawam (1-2-1) was coming off a 4-4 tie against South Hadley prior to Sunday’s loss to West Springfield.

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