In the first game of the Western Mass. D3 semifinal double-header, second-seeded Longmeadow held off third-seeded East Longmeadow, 4-2. Cole Guidrey had two goals and an assist to lead the Lancers while Liam Byrne and Robbie Croteau also scored. Liam Asher and Mark Shevetsov had the Spartan tallies.
In the second semifinal, Chris Torres, Jack Ansart, and Darren Buteau had goals as fourth-seeded West Springfield knocked off top-seeded Minnechaug, 3-1. David Noel had the lone Falcon goal.
Longmeadow and West Springfield will meet on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. back at Olympia for the Western Mass. D3 championship and a trip to the D3 state-semifinals. The two teams split a pair of regular season contests.
In the Western Mass. D3A semifinals at the Olympia, top-seeded Greenfield and third-seeded Wahconah both punched their tickets to the championship game which will be held on Thursday at Olympia starting at 5:30 p.m.
In the first game of the afternoon on Saturday, the Green Wave slipped past South Hadley, 4-2. Aidan Roche’s third period goal with just over a minute left was the game-winner, as Greenfield heads to their first district final since 2008. Porter Clancy’s empty-netter late sealed the win.
In the other 3A semifinal, Wahconah topped second-seeded Amherst-Pelham, 3-1. Ryan LaPierre scored twice to lead the Warriors to their first 3A title game since 2015. Kouji Ishida scored late to give Amherst some life, but Wahconah held on for the win.
The Warriors slipped past the Green Wave, 4-3, in their lone regular season matchup back on January 15th.