Western Mass.Top 10
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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.