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Central Mass. D3 Semifinals: Wachusett, Groton-Dunstable Will Play In Sectional Final

* Kevin Skagerlind scored during a  power-play with 5 minutes 55 seconds remaining before Grant Gardula scored an empty-net goal during last minute to lift Wachusett to a 3-1 win over Auburn in a Central Mass. Division 3 Tournament semifinal. No. 2  Wachusett (15-4-2) will  meet No. 5 Groton-Dunstable (13-8-1) Sunday in the final. Wachusett will seek its first Central Mass. title since 2013 and has reached the final for the sixth time in nine years. Auburn closed at 12-9-1.

* Will Zinkann scored two of his team’s three third-period goals as Groton-Dunstable rallied late to stun No. 1 Hudson,  3-1, in the other semifinal.

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.