Western Mass D3 Final: Curran leads Agawam to title

Fran Sypek
Fran Sypek
Fran has covered hockey at all levels, NHL, AHL, junior, college and high school for the Springfield Republican from 1978-2013. His column "Hockey Talk'' appeared in the Sunday Republican. The hockey beat took him from Maine to Arizona in the United States and from Newfoundland to Alberta in Canada. Fran was the recipient of the Matthew Ryan Award for Outstanding Coverage of High School Hockey and the Janet McCormick Award from the Springfield Olympics. He then shifted from pros to college when the University of Massachusetts restored its program and joined Hockey East. Later, he continued covering the Boston Bruins and the Springfield Falcons. Fran's covered future NHL players from Western Massachusetts in Paul Fenton, Bob Kudelski, Rick Bennett and Bill Guerin. He is a member of the Bessone Award committee, which helps select the top high school hockey player in Western Mass. Fran was a goalie for Holyoke Community College in 1973-74 and graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1977. Fran is currently a free lance writer living in Bondsville, Mass and grew up in Chicopee, Mass, has visited all 50 states, and is an avid photographer.

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AGAWAM players celebrate their WMass D2 crown after 2-1 win Thursday night over Westfield. (Fran Sypek photo)
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Seamus Curran is a defenseman in name only.

He loves to jump into the play and has been an offensive force for Agawam.

Seamus Curran Agawam
Seamus Curran

Curran scored two goals Thursday to lead Agawam to a 2-1 victory over Westfield in the Western Mass. Division III championship game.

Agawam, 16-3-3 has had quite a three-year run. Two years ago, the Brownies won the Division IIIA state championship. Last season, the Brownies moved up to Division III and lost to Westfield in the sectional final before beating the Bombers this year.

The game was a battle between two outstanding goaltenders. Agawam’s Connor McAnanama made 18 saves and foiled several strong Westfield scoring bids.

Westfield’s Garrett Matthews was even better. He made 30 saves, including several sensational stops.

Curran opened the scoring with 1:03 left in the second period. He increased Agawam’s lead to 2-0 midway through the final period.

Westfield cut the lead to 2-1 with 5:47 remaining on a goal by Ryan Porter. The Bombers pulled Matthews but could not get the equalizer.

Agawam will await the winner of Monday’s CMass D3 title game between Shrewsbury and North Middlesex in a D3 state semifinal next Wednesday.

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