Central Mass. Poll: Shrewsbury retains top spot

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
1Shrewsbury1710
2North Middlesex2401
3Wachusett3321
4Algonquin4521
5Oakmont6610
6Leominster5541
7Grafton7430
8Worcester8620
9Nashoba9531
10FitchburgNR540

No. 1 Shrewsbury, the reigning state Division III champion, has started the season by capturing seven of its first eight games. Unbeaten No. 2 North Middlesex is a solid 4-0-1.

No. 3 Wachusett picked up an independent win over Western Mass. champion Westfield. No. 5 Oakmont bumped No. 6 Leominster from the top five and remains unbeaten. No. 10 Fitchburg moves into the poll this week.

Highlights

– Joe Buduo followed up on his first career hat trick with a pair of goals as Shrewsbury slipped past Algonquin, 4-3, in the sixth annual High School Hockey Showdown at the DCU Center.

– Rocco Malloy had a pair of goals and Trevor Currin made 27 saves to record his first varsity victory to spark Hudson past Wachusett, 3-2.

Sam Luukko had two goals and set up another to lift Northbridge to a 4-2 win over Grafton.

Tyler Belliveau and Ben Tolman each scored twice to Fitchburg to a 9-0 triumph over Gardner.

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