Central Mass. Poll: No. Middlesex keeps pace with Shrewsbury

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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Central Mass. Top 10 Poll

RankTeamPrevious RankingWLT
1Shrewsbury11220
2North Middlesex2902
3Algonquin3823
4Wachusett4641
5Oakmont5732
6Leominster6951
7Littleton7822
8Worcester8822
9Nashoba9741
10Grafton10871

No. 1 Shrewsbury continues to roll along and it seems likely the road to the title will pass on through. No. 2 North Middlesex continues to win and should be a factor in the posteason.

No. 3 Algonquin remains a tough team to play against. No. 9 Nashoba held its position after a big win against No. 10 Grafton as the race continues to be very tight in the Coughlin Conference, where No. 5 Oakmont maintains a narrow lead for first place.

Highlights

-Jack Charbonneau scored early in the first period, and Luke Gilchrest made 36 saves to spark Nashoba Regional to a 4-0 victory over Grafton.

-Even moving back on defense hasn’t stopped Jack Quinlivan from producing offensively. He scored three goals as Shrewsbury defeated Auburn, 7-1. Quinlivan moved to defense nine games ago and has nine goals and 13 assists during that span.

– A big save by Nick Dame off Gage Duteau sparked Northbridge to a 1-1 tie with Oakmont. Kyle Thibeault scored for Oakmont and Kyle Lynch replied for Northbridge.

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