Central Mass Top 10: #1 Shrewsbury trips WMass. leader Longmeadow, 3-2

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

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3North Middlesex5823

In what could be a preview of a State D3 semifinal, No. 1 Shrewsbury edged Longmeadow, 3-2, in a meeting between the top team in Central Mass. and the top team in Western Mass. James Abbott’s goal 13:17 into the final period snapped a tie. The Colonials also got goals from Anthony and Liam Quinlivan.

No. 2 Wachusett defeated No. 4 Groton-Dunstable, 8-1. Jimmy Conway sparked the Mountaineers with a hat trick.

No. 3 North Middlesex moved up a couple of spots following its 4-2 decision over No. 6 Nashoba. Don Frederick had a goal and two assists, and Matthew Materas had a pair of helpers. Dan Kerble and Dean Anastas scored for Nashoba.

Nate Anderson scored  just before time expired at the end the first period to spark No. 5 Algonquin to a 4-1 win over Westboro. Algonquin got back on track after it lost  four of five games.

Noah Charron had a pair of goals to lift No. 9 Grafton to a 6-0 triumph over Northbridge. Cousins Jake Baker and Tyler Baker (who have combined for 30 points)  provided  power-play goals. Cam Powel recorded a 16-save shutout.

Grafton has not missed a beat despite graduating 10 seniors. Grafton’s only losses have come to D3 foes Minnechaug and Nashoba.

Sean Simpson netted the game-winner at 6:57 of the third period to lift No. 7 Lunenburg past Fitchburg.

Ben Bombard scored his second goal of the game 1:56 into the third period to lift No. 8 Worcester past Hopedale, 3-2.  Matthew Mahan had a goal and an assist.


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