Mass. Boys HS: CMass/WMass Highlights – Hudson Nabs A Pair Of Key Early-Season Wins; Gill Cracks 100 Career Points

Chris Kyne
Chris Kyne
Chris Kyne is a hockey devotee who has spent most of his life playing, coaching, and writing about hockey. The 2019-2020 season is Chris' first year covering Central and Western Mass. hockey for Hockey Night in Boston. Chris has spent the past five years covering hockey and other sports for the Worcester Telegram. He is currently in his 14th season as an assistant coach with the Fitchburg State University Men's Ice Hockey team. Chris also is a Learn to Skate instructor for the Peak Performance program in Fitchburg. Chris grew up in Waterford, CT where he played youth hockey, before playing Jr. A hockey for the Connecticut Jr. Whalers. Chris graduated from the University of Connecticut where earned a Communications degree, while also covering sports for the Daily Campus. Chris currently works at Leominster High School, where he has spent the past 12 years as a history teacher. Chris lives in Sterling, MA with his wife Gabrielle, and his two daughters, Quinn (7) and Delaney (4), who both play hockey.

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Catching up on some recent highlights in Central and Western Mass….

* In what could have been an early season postseason preview, Hudson edged Longmeadow  to stay perfect on the young season.  Matt Lombardi and Kyle Bourque scored third period goals as the Hawks came from behind to beat the Lancers.  Kyle Gonzalez made 19 stops for the Hawks.  The Hawks also came from behind earlier when they beat Westboro, 5-3.  Mike O’Malley led the Hawks with a pair of goals, including the game-winner at the 2:14 mark of the third period.

Liam Gill

* Northbridge got back on track as they doubled up St. Peter-Marian 6-3.  Liam Gill had a goal and three assists, which put his him over 100 points in his career.

Braden Levasseur

* Grafton picked up their first win after starting the season 0-2 as the Indians downed Lunenburg, 4-1.  Braden Levasseur and Deron Breen both scored power play goals for Grafton in a pivotal second period.

* After going down 1-0 early to Westboro, North Middlesex scored four unanswered goals to lead the Patriots to their first win of season.  Nick Miller, Ryan Lavery, Caleb Amidon, and Ethan Freeman also found the back of the net for North Middlesex.

* Wachusett’s state title defense has been perfect so far.  The Mountaineers had another good week, surviving an early scare to come back and beat Leominster, 6-4, before skating past Nashoba, 7-1.  In the win over Leominster, Kevin Skagerlind and Joey Jusseaume each had a pair of goals for a Mountaineer team who has outscored their opponents 16-5 to date.

* After winning just three games last season, Leominster is off to a better start.  They not only led Wachusett 2-1 after a period of play, but opened their season with a 5-4 win over Nashoba.  Jeremy Maillet and Maliq Munoz-Preko both scored twice in the win over the Chieftains.

Maddox Lizotte

* Littleton picked up their first win of the season, downing Gardner, 7-0.  It was the first win for new coach Kevin Lizotte.  Maddox Lizotte paced the Tiger offense with two goals and two assists.

* West Springfield picked a good time to earn their first win of the season, picking off previously unbeaten Longmeadow.  In the 5-3 win over the reigning Western Mass. champs, Darren Buteau led the effort for the Terriers, scoring twice while adding an assist.

* Chicopee stayed perfect on the season after their 6-4 win over Mount Everett.  Kendall Walsh recorded the hat trick in the win.

* Chicopee Comp earned their first win after sneaking past Ludlow, 4-3.  Joshua King led the Colts’ charge with a pair of goals.

* Bryan Baumann scored twice to led Greenfield to their first win of the season, a 2-1 victory over Drury.

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