Central Mass D3A Semifinals: Nashoba, Oakmont reach final

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.

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Garren LaPlante scored the game-winning goal goal at 12:02 of  the second period to spark No. 1 Nashoba to a 4-1 victory over No 5 Fitchburg Wednesday in a Central Mass. Division 3 A semifinal. Nashoba (19-2-0) will play No. 6 Oakmont (10-8-3)  in the final on Monday (5:30pm Wallace Civic Center).

Dan Kerble, Devyn Barrett and Bryce Chaput also scored for Nashoba. DJ Fors had a power-play goal for Fitchburg. Charlie Lamplough finished with 16 saves.

Oakmont 3, Assabet 2 (OT)

Brandon Truax’s second goal of the game came 1:41 into overtime to lift No. 6 Oakmont to a 3-2 victory over No. 2 Assabet Valley Wednesday in a Central Mass. Division 3A semifinal. Oakmont (10-8-3) will play Nashoba (19-2-0) on Monday in the final.

Zach Margarian and Payton Brier scored to provide Assabet  with a  2-0 lead.  Truax scored at 13:40 of the second period  and Matt Gauthier tied the game at two apiece at 6:34 in the third period. Greg Mattson finished with 27 saves for Oakmont.

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