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Central Mass Top 10: #1 Algonquin, #2 Wachusett Collide Wednesday

Central Mass.Top 10

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Algonquin1600
2Wachusett2510
3Hudson4510
4Grafton/BVTNR610
5North Middlesex3320
6WestboroNR520
7Worcester8510
8Auburn/Millbury6311
9FitchburgMontyNR311
10Littleton/BromfieldNR411

Algonquin and Wachusett continue to hold down the top two positions in this first in-season HNIB News Central Mass. Top 10.

The Tomahawks are a perfect 6-0-0 after winning the Metro West Daily News Cup Saturday with a 2-1 win over Hopkinton.

Wachusett (5-1-0)  took home the Battle Road Classic with wins over Bedford and Lexington.

This Wednesday, Algonquin and Wachusett will meet at North Star Forum (8pm).

Worcester moves up after knocking Grafton from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 5-2 win in the title game of the Grafton Holiday Tournament.

Highlights

* Henry Antino’s power-play goal with seven minutes left in the final period lifted Algonquin to a 2-1 decision over Hopkinton. Antino converted a feed from Nolan Kimball for the game-winner.  Noah Larsen provided Algonquin a 1-0 lead in the first period.

Cam Sullivan
Westboro

* Sean Coughlin scored during the opening period and Cam Sullivan struck in the second stanza to lead Westboro to a 2-0 win over Auburn. Will Schiffman secured the shutout with a 23-save performance.

* Shane Baker and Cam Bern each scored one goal and set up another as Grafton bested Western Mass. power Longmeadow, 3-1. Charlie Farrah scored a power-play goal.  Cam Powell made 30 saves.

* Wachusett overcame an early 1-0 deficit and scored four straight goals over the final two periods to post a 4-1 triumph over Lexington. Sean Gardner scored two shorthanded goals , while Colin Moran and Grant Gardula struck during power plays for the Mountaineers. Jackson King made 20 saves.

* Connor Viviano notched three assists, while Jacob Mauro and Nathan Handy both had one goal and an  assist to power Lunenburg past Fitchburg, 6-1. Connor Viviano dished out three assists. Anthony Lesperance score the lone Fitchburg goal.

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.