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Central Mass Top 10: Hudson Set To Challenge Wachusett On Thursday

Central Mass. Top 10

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Wachusett11431
2Hudson31530
3Algonquin21143
4Auburn/Millbury41160
5Worcester51531
6Grafton/BVT61333
7Westboro71070
8Lunenburg/Ayer81351
9Groton Dunstable 9971
10Northbridge 101071

Donovan Alfama had 15 saves to secure the shutout as No. 1 Wachusett blanked Nashoba, 3-0. Kevin Skagerlind scored one goal and added a pair of assists for the Mountaineers. Ryan Gardula scored two goals and Grant Gardula dished out two assists .

No. 2 Hudson moved up a spot thanks in part to a pair of impressive non-league wins. Hudson edged Western Mass. frontrunner Longmeadow, 1-0, and beat Peabody, 7-2 on Wednesday. Mike O’Malley scored the game’s only goal following a pass from Cam Bower for the game’s only goal as Hudson edged Longmeadow. Ryan Gonzalez stopped all 19 shots he faced.

Wachusett and Hudson will meet on Thursday at 1:40pm at the New England Sports Center.

No. 3 Algonquin hasn’t quite been the same since losing top goalie Matthew Bogdanski to a hamstring injury. Algonquin rebounded from a 7-6 loss to No. 9 Groton-Dunstable with a 4-0 win over No. 7 Westborough. Zachary Robbins, who has taken over the No. 1 goaltending chores, had a 23-save shutout against Westborough. Matteo Calvanese had a hat trick to spark the Tomahawks. Brendan Ferrari’s third goal of the game proved to be the game-winner in Groton-Dunstable’’s wild win over Algonquin.

No. 5 Worcester and No. 6 Grafton battled to a 2-2 tie, leaving those rankings unchanged.

Tyler Ramm and Nick Ramm each  had a pair of goals as No. 7 Westborough beat No. 4 Auburn, 5-3.  Aiden Riley also scored for Westborough. Auburn ‘s Joe Valone scored and set up goals by Ryan Lempicki and Dillon Winklemann.

Auburn responded with a 4-1 win over North Middlesex on Saturday.

Connor Viviano scored one goal and added an assists as No. 8 Lunenburg defeated Assabet Valley, 4-1. He equaled a team record with his 135th career point. Gavin Cloutier, Sean Simpson and Nathan Handy also scored for Lunenburg. Aidan Young scored for Assabet Valley.

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.