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Central Mass. Division 3A Tournament: Lunenburg/Ayer, Northbridge Take Semifinal Contests

It’s back to the Central Mass. Division 3A championship final for Lunenburg/Ayer.

#3 Lunenburg/Ayer (15-6-1) advanced  to Sunday’’s championship game following a 3-1 win over Grafton and will meet No. 4  Northbridge, which upset No. 1 Worcester.

Sean Simpson snapped a tie during the second period when he converted a feed from Connor Viviano for the game-winner. Viviano scored during the first period and added an empty-net goal to seal the victory. Charlie Farah scored the lone Grafton goal.

Liam Gill scored a pair of goals as No. 4 Northbridge upset No. 1 Worcester, 3-1 in a Central Mass. Division 3A semifinal. Northbridge will meet reigning champion Lunenburg/Ayer in Sunday’s final.

Ryan Couture scored a first period goal for Lunenburg. Chris Wells stopped 27 of  28 shots for Northbridge. Daniel Sheeran scored  the only Worcester goal.

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.