Central Mass. Top 10: Shrewsbury upends D1 St. John’s (S)

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

RankTeamPrevious RankingWLT
1Shrewsbury1510
2North Middlesex2400
3Wachusett3211
4Algonquin4410
5Leominster5531
6Oakmont7410
7Grafton6430
8Worcester9510
9Nashoba10410
10Lunenburg8331

No. 1 Shrewsbury rebounded from its lone loss to pick up a pair of wins, including a big one against Division 1 crosstown rival St. John’s for the first time in nearly five years. Joe Buduo authored his first career hat trick and contributed an assist.

Leominster holds onto the No. 5 spot despite going 0-2-1 last week. No. 6 Oakmont and No. 9 Nashoba each move up one spot after strong showings.

Bryce Chaput scored in the third period, while Hunter Boudreau scored twice in the second to Nashoba to a 4-3 verdict over No. 10 Lunenburg. Matt LeBlanc also scored for Nashoba. Connor Viviano and Dan Baldino each had a goal and assist for Lunenburg. Jared Simmons scored one goal.

HSDIVISIONFESTIVAL_WEB_ADMatt Tozeski had two goals and an assist and Brian Ward netted the decisive goal during the third period as No. 4 Algonquin edged Groton-Dunstable, 3-2. Trevor Ryan made 28 saves for Algonquin. Robert Hoare and Ryan Dodge scored for Groton-Dunstable.

Improving Hudson scored twice during the final period to rally for a 3-3 tie against Marlboro. Hudson’s Rocco Malloy’s second goal for the equalizer with 8:19 remaining. The win came two days after Marlboro beat Hudson, 4-1.

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