CMass Top 10 Poll: No. 1 Shrewsbury responding to every challenge

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

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5North Middlesex51250

No. 1 Shrewsbury is playing like a team with a bulls-eye on its back.

Every team seems to bring its A game when playing the Colonials. But Shrewsbury has shown it can avoid upsets by playing strong defense and tournament-type hockey.

Alex DiPadua Algonquin
Alex DiPadua

Shrewsbury survived a scare and edged Auburn, 2-1, as Adam Twitchell scored both the tying and winning goals, deciding the tight-checking game by scoring with 36 seconds remaining.

Dennis Achkinazi had a goal and two assists to spark No. 2 Algonquin past Westborough, 4-1. Alex DiPadua added a goal and assist.

No. 3 Groton-Dunstable was able to secure a 3-3 tie with Westborough thanks to single goals from Ryan Dodge, Darren Costa and Jon Langan.

HS-Festival-Ad-300x150Bryce Chaput and Dean Anastas each scored two goals apiece to spark No. 4 Nashoba to a 6-0 triumph over Worcester. Charlie Lamplough continues to play well in goal. He had nine saves to secure the shutout.

Justin Estrella, Joe O’Neill, Matthew DeVito, Brendan Barry and Donnie Frederick sparked a balanced scoring attack as No. 5 North Middlesex beat No. 6 Hudson, 5-2. Kyle Lally and Jared Leahy scored for Hudson.

Johnathan Ruggiero scored the equalizer in the second period as No. 7 Wachusett tied Groton-Dunstable, 1-1. , Mike Putnam made 23 saves. Eric Niemoller scored for Groton-Dunstable. Nevin Tardif finished with 18 saves. Earlier in the week, Wachusett played to a 3-3 tie with Algonguin.

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