The MIAA Western Mass. Division 3 tournament will feature a pair of semifinal matchups.
Top-seeded Minnechaug (11-7-1) will host No. 4 West Springfield (13-7-0) Thursday (8pm) at the Olympia in one of half of the bracket. The Falcons beat the Terriers twice during the regular season, including a 5-2 win in the regular season final for both teams. Dominic Terzi and Drew Van Zandt both scored a pair of goals for Minnechaug in that win. Damon Polk leads the Terriers attack as constant threat to score whenever he’s on the ice.
In the other half of the bracket, defending Western Mass. champion Longmeadow, the No. 2 seed this year, will host No. 3 East Longmeadow Thursday (6pm – Olympia). The Lancers lost a heartbreaker to Wachusett a year ago in the state semifinals, falling 4-3 in a shootout to the eventual state champions. The Lancers (8-9-3) had an up and down regular season this year, but the Lancers did beat the Spartans twice during the regular season, including a 7-1 thumping in the last game of the regular season. Cole Guidrey is player to watch for the Lancers. East Longmeadow (9-9-2) is led by Nicolas Saracino and Michael Moynihan, who combined for 27 goals on the season for a Spartan team that got better as the season progressed.