Central Mass. Poll: Shrewsbury keeps rolling along

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
2North Middlesex2601

No team has been able to knock No. 1 Shrewsbury from its perch atop the Top 10 poll. The Colonials continue to dominate the competition. No. 2 North Middlesex has yet to lose.

The biggest change has No. 3 Algonquin moving up a spot, leapfrogging ahead of No. 4 Wachusett. No. 10 Littleton bounced Fitchburg and moved into the Top 10.


Jack Quinlivan Shrewsbury
Jack Quinlivan

РSenior Evan Lockwood made 41 saves and Adam Clark scored two goals as Auburn won its first of the year, 3-0.

Tyler O’Keefe had two goals and an assist, while Jack Quinlivan had a goal and assist to power Shrewsbury past Leominster. Joe Buduo also scored for the Colonials, while Matt Williams had a goal and an assist for the Blue Devils.

– Algonquin defeated Hudson, 3-0 behind goals by T.J. Barth, Joe Sullivan and Brian Ward. Trevor Ryan made 22 saves for the shutout.

Josh Miller scored a pair of power-play goals, Ryan McCarthy added three assists and Jay Cobleigh chipped in with a pair of helpers as Middlesex beat Marlorough, 4-1.



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