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Central Mass Top 10: Wachusett Takes Over The #1 Spot

Central Mass. Top 10

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Wachusett21031
2Algonquin 1732
3Hudson3930
4Auburn/Millbury6940
5Westboro4850
6Worcester51120
7Grafton/BVT71022
8Lunenburg/Ayer8931
9North Middlesex9551
10Groton Dunstable NR661

For the first time this season, there’s a new No. 1 atop the HNIB News Central Mass. Top 10 this week.

Wachusett has knocked Algonquin off the top spot thanks in part to the Mountaineers convincing 5-0 victory over the Tomahawks on Saturday.

Wachusett secured a spot in the Division 3 tournament with the win.

Grant Gardula had a pair of goals to spark the Mountaineers past the Tomahawks. Sean Gardner added one goal and two assists. Jackson King earned his fourth shutout following a 25-save performance. Wachusett broke open a scoreless game with four straight second period goals.

No. 7 Grafton earned a 2-2 tie with Minnechaug. Charlie Farrah and Cam Bern each scored one goal for the Indians. Cam Powell had 19 saves for Grafton. Nick Granger earned a shutout as No. 8 Lunenburg blanked Oakmont, 4-0. Jacob Mauro scored two goals and added an assist. Nathan Handy had two assists.

Ryan Lempicki had a hat trick to lead No. 5 Auburn to a 4-3 decision over Leominster.

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.