Mass. Boys HS: Western Mass. Top 10 – West Springfield Takes Chicopee Winter Classic

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

RankTeam[tooltip text="PR*" gravity="ne"]Previous Ranking[/tooltip]WLT
1Longmeadow1331
2Westfield2232
3West Springfield3420
4Wahconah5301
5Amherst-Pelham6510
6Minnechaug4240
7Belchertown7201
8Chicopee9410
9GreenfieldNR310
10South HadleyNR310

Longmeadow (3-3-1) played two games against Division 1 foes this past week, as they participated in the Songin Winter Classic in Walpole. In the opener, the Lancers fell to host Walpole, 4-2.

Longmeadow went on to earn a hard-fought tie against Lowell Catholic to stay at No. 1 this week.

Westfield (2-3-2) participated in the Cape Ann Savings Bank Tournament in Gloucester. In the opener, the Bombers were edged by Gloucester in a shootout in a game that officially was recorded as a 2-2 tie. Westfield earned a tie in the consolation game as well, 4-4 against Beverly.

West Springfield (4-2-0) moves up a spot after winning the Chicopee Winter Classic. The Terriers beat Chicopee Comp., 4-0 in the opener before downing Chicopee, 4-2, in the title game. Damon Polk is a player to watch for the Terriers.

Wahconah (3-0-1) hasn’t played since tying Belchertown back on December 20th . The Warriors
return to action January 2nd against Minnechaug.

Amherst-Pelham (5-1-0) has now won three games in a row. The Hurricanes beat East Longmeadow and Mount Everett this past week. Kouji Ishuda continues to pace the Amherst-Pelham offensive attack.

Minnechaug (2-4-0) drops three spots this week after falling to a pair of Central Mass. teams (Northbridge and Worcester) in the Grafton Holiday Tournament.

Belchertown (2-0-1) remained unbeaten on the season after their 3-0 win over Ludlow on Saturday. Junior goaltender Jake Delaney has been sharp early on for the Orioles.

Chicopee (4-1-0) beat Agawam, 5-1 in the opening game of the Chicopee Winter Classic before falling to No. 3 West Springfield, 4-2 in the title game. The Pacers move up one spot this week.

A three-game winning streak has Greenfield (3-1-0) back into the poll this week. South Hadley (3-1-1) rounds out the poll this week, taking the Christmas week off. The Tigers return to action January 4th against Drury.

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