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Central Mass. Top 10: Algonquin Hangs On To #1 Ranking

Central Mass. Top 10

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Algonquin knows how to prepare for the playoffs. The Tomahawks have engaged in three tight-checking games against top teams.

Algonquin has fashioned ties against powers like Shrewsbury and Wachusett and on Saturday, the Tomahawks shut down reigning Western Mass. champion Westfield, 5-2.

Nolan Kimball had a hat trick, while Nicholas Larsen and Bennett MacAuley added single tallies also scored for the Tomahawks against Westfield.

Matthew Bogdanski has keyed the Tomahawks surge with outstanding goaltending. Against Westfield, backup Zachery Robbins made the most of his opportunity and finished with 17 saves.

Earlier during the week, Algonquin dropped a close, 1-0 independent decision to Wayland for the Tomahawks first loss this season.

Reigning Division  3A champion Lunenburg/Ayer/Shirley also won a playoff-type game, edging Littleton., 3-2. Aaron O’Connor scored his second goal of the game 8:24 into the third to lift the Blue Knights. Sean Keefe and Maddox Lizotte scored for Littleton.

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.