Central Mass. Playoffs: Finals set for both D3 and D3A

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.

Related posts

– Joe Buduo scored three goals and Brayden Carroll added a pair to lead second-seeded Shrewsbury to a 7-3 Central Mass. Division III semifinal victory over over Algonquin on Wednesday.  Trevor Shea and Jack Quinlivan each added a goal for the Colonials.
John Paterson, Matt Tozeski and Joe Sullivan scored for Algonquin.
Josh Miller scored in overtime to lift top seed North Middlesex to a 2-1 Central Mass. Division III semifinal triumph over Wachusett. Shrewsbury(17-4) and North Middlesex (18-1-2) will meet in the final at 8 p.m. Monday at the Wallace Civic Center in Fitchburg.

Bobby Denaro had four points with two goals and a pair of assists to spark Nashoba to a 7-0 Central Mass. Division IIIA semifinal win over Northbridge. Daniel Kerble added a pair of goals, while Jack Charbonneau and Kevin Gilchrest each produced one goal and an assist Luke Gilchrest made 19 saves in the shutout for Nashoba. Brad Colvin added a goal for Nashoba.

Shane Bowes scored in the shootout’s seventh round to lift Worcester past Fitchburg, 3-2 in a Central Mass. Division IIIA semifinal.  No. 2 Worcester (15-5-2)  faces No. 1 Nashoba (15-6-0) in the final at 5:45 p.m. Monday at the Wallace Civic Center. Seamus O’Connor scored twice for Worcester and Tyler Spaulding finished with 16 saves. Noah Sarasin and Gabe Labombard had the goals for Fitchburg.


- Sponsor -


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Sponsor -
- Sponsor -
- Sponsor -