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Central Mass Top 10: #1 Wachusett Earns Big Win

Central Mass. Top 10

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Wachusett11231
2Algonquin 2833
3Hudson31130
4Auburn/Millbury41050
5Worcester61320
6Grafton/BVT71222
7Westboro5852
8Lunenburg/Ayer81141
9Groton Dunstable 10761
10North Middlesex 9671

After taking over the top spot in the weekly poll, No. 1 Wachusett is making sure it stays there.

Wachusett beat Westfield, the second-ranked team in Western Massachusetts, 3-0 Saturday. The game could be a preview of the state Division 3 semifinal.

Strong goaltending sparked the Mountaineers. Donovan Alfama secured the shutout with a 24-save performance. Ryan Gardula scored a pair of goals and Grant Gardula added a power-play goal.

No. 2 Algonquin returned to its winning ways with a convincing, 9-2 triumph over Nashoba.

No. 3 Hudson edged No. 4 Auburn/Millbury, 2-1 as Matt Lombardi scored one goal and set up a power-play goal by Jameson Fecteau. The Hawks clinched a postseason berth with the win. The Hawks followed that win with a 9-2 triumph over Leominster behind Lombardi’s hat trick.

Auburn/Millbury rebounded with a 5-2 independent victory over Agawam. Billy Erikson scored two goals and John Rannikko added a pair of assists.

No. 6 Grafton continued its winning ways following a 5-2 win over Nashoba. Cam Bern had a pair of goals and Shane Baker had four assists for the Indians.

No. 7 Westboro was off this past week. They return to play this week against Nashoba on Wednesday.

No. 8 Lunenburg blanked Fitchburg, 5-0. Tyler Dodge had two goals and one assist.

No. 9 Groton-Dunstable defeated No. 10 North Middlesex, 7-1. Tyler Dodge scored two goals and set up another. Ryan Riel had the lone goal for the Patriots.

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.