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Central Mass Top 10: Wachusett Holds On To #1 Spot

Central Mass. Top 10

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Wachusett11331
2Algonquin 21033
3Hudson31230
4Auburn/Millbury41060
5Worcester51530
6Grafton/BVT61232
7Westboro7960
8Lunenburg/Ayer81261
9Groton Dunstable 9771
10Northbridge NR1061

Sean Gardner scored one goal and set up another to spark No. 1 Wachusett to a 4-2 victory over Marlborough. Grant Gardula had three points with two goals and an assist. Kevin Skagerfind had three assists.

No. 2 Algonquin defeated No. 4 Auburn, 3-1 after Jack Thibodeau and Curtis Pietropalo scored during the last minute of the third period. Nicholas Larsen also scored for the Tomahawks. Drew Darger had the only goal for the Rockets.

No. 3 Hudson beat Marlborough 6-2 behind four goals from Jameson Fecteau. Colin Dannenfels added three assists.

No. 5 Worcester went 2-1 last week after losing to Northbridge, 3-2. Northbridge moved into the top 10 rankings after Alex Smith completed a spirited comeback by scoring the game-winning goal with 2:50 left to play to snap a tie. Ryan Couture score the equalizer with a shorthanded goal 1:12 seconds earlier. Chris Wells made 29 saves for Northbridge, allowing goals to Ben Bombard and Dean Maesto. Worcester did earn a pair of wins last week, beating Fitchburg, 4-0 and Oakmont, 6-2.

No. 7 Westborough earned a 5-1 verdict over Nashoba. Jack Board had a pair of goals for the Rangers. Drew Lewis-Keddy and Sam Schiffman each scored a goal for Westborough. Ryan Maki scored for Nashoba during the second period.

No. 8 Lunenburg/Ayer split a pair of games. The reigning Central Mass. Division 3A champions beat Hopedale, 6-2 and lost to Littleton, 4-2. Jacob Mauro scored two goals and added an assist against Hopedale, while Nathan Handy and Mauro scored against 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.