Mass. Boys HS: Western Mass. Top 10 – Surging West Springfield Moves To Top Of The Heap

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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Western Mass.Top 10

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1West Springfield3930
9South Hadley/Granby10621

West Springfield (9-3-0) jumps to the top spot in the HNIB News Western Mass. Top 10 this week after wins over a ranked Amherst-Pelham team and Agawam.  The Terriers also split season series with previous No. 1 Longmeadow.  The Terriers have won four in a row.

Longmeadow (4-4-2) snapped a six-game winless streak on Thursday thanks to a 4-0 win over Agawam.  The Lancers have a chance to prove they belong back up in the top spot when they take on the defending Division 3 state champion Wachusett Mountaineers on Monday.

Westfield (2-5-5) played to another tie this past week, a 1-1 draw against East Longmeadow.

Minnechaug (5-4) ends their 17-day layoff when they return to action on Thursday in a big contest against Longmeadow.

Wahconah (7-2-1) had a nice two-win week earning victories over Greenfield and Southwick to move up a spot this week.

Amherst-Pelham (8-3-0) drops a spot after a hard-fought 1-0 defeat to now top-ranked West Springfield.

Chicopee (7-2-0) remains steady after dispatching Ludlow, 6-3, in their lone contest of the week.  The Pacers and the Hurricanes were poised for a big matchup on Saturday, but snow forced the rescheduling of that game to a later date.

Greenfield (7-2-0) moves up a spot after beating Mount Everett before losing to No. 5 Wahconah, 4-3 this past week.  South Hadley (6-2-1) also moves up a spot after splitting a pair of games this past week.  The Green Wave fell to Enfield (CT) on Wednesday before rebounding with a 7-1 win over Chicopee Comp. on Saturday.

Belchertown (4-3-1) falls to the No. 10 this week after dropping a contest to Chicopee Comp., 3-2.  The Orioles look to get back to their winning ways on Monday when they take on Amherst-Pelham.

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