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Central Mass Top 10: Light Action This Past Week Keeps Top 3 Intact

Central Mass. Top 10

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Algonquin1712
2Wachusett2911
3Hudson3910
4Westboro4730
5Worcester51020
6Auburn/Millbury7730
7Grafton/BVT6921
8Lunenburg/Ayer8831
9North Middlesex9441
10Hopedale/MillisNR751

No. 1 Algonquin did not play last week, but the Tomahawks still hold on to the top spot in this week’s HNIB News Central Mass. Top 10

But No. 2 Wachusett and No. 3 Hudson are closing in fast. It looks like a looming battle for the No. 1 seed in the upcoming tournament will go down to the wire.

Head-to-head competition will likely determine the top seed.

One team has already punched its ticket to the tournament. No. 5 Worcester won its 10th game and has secured a spot in the Central Mass Division 3A tournament.

Cam Powell posted a 10-save shutout as No. 7 Grafton/BVT blanked Fitchburg, 3-0. Shane Baker had two goals for the Indians.

Matthew Albert’s hat trick sparked No. 8 Lunenburg/Ayer to a 12-2 triumph over Gardner. Connor Viviano and Jacob Mauro each scored twice.

Trent Costa collected his second power-play goal for the equalizer to help No. 9 North Middlesex earn a 3-3 tie with Marlborough.

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.