Central Mass. Poll: Offense powers No. 1 Shrewsbury

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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. Poll

RankTeamWLT
1Shrewsbury310
2North Middlesex200
3Wachusett200
4Algonquin110
5Leominster510
6Grafton310
7Oakmont410
8Lunenburg210
9Worcester410
10Nashoba210

Despite a 3-2 loss to Norwell, No. 1 Shrewsbury has the top spot in the Central Mass. Top 10 Poll. The Colonials got off to a 3-0 start and have scored 21 goals and given up only eight. Trevor Shea has four goals and three assists to lead the team.

Goaltending has been key for No. 2. North Middlesex.  Donnie Frederick owns a 1.00 goals against average and a 0.941 save percentage.

Balanced scoring has help No. 3 Wachusett get off to a strong start.

No. 4 Algonquin has been led by goalie Michael Tascione.

No. 5 Leominster has won its last five games and is the region’s hottest team. Tyler Cuddahy leads Leominster with 11 points.

No. 6 Grafton has been led by Nick Hart who has four goals and four assists.

No. 7 Oakmont has an outstanding first line of Kyle Klahre (6-12-18), Kyle Thebault (11-4 15) and Gage Duteau (5-8-13). The trio combined for 15 points as Oakmont pulled away from Lunenburg, 8-2, to win the Mark Bushnoe Memorial Christmas Tournament.

No. 8 Lunenburg has been led by Dan Baldino with six goals, four assists for 10 points.

Tristan Goodwin  (1-6-7) has been a good set-up man for No. 9 Worcester. A pair of goals by Seamus O’Connor enabled Worcester to claim the Grafton Holiday Invitational Tournament championship with a 5-2 victory over Grafton.

No. 10 Nashoba has been led by Jack Charbonneau (2-5-7). Bryce Chaput had a hat trick in a 9-0 win over Assabet/Maynard.

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