Western Mass. D3 Poll: Westfield, Agawam headed for showdown

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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Western Mass. Top 10 Poll

RankTeamPrevious RankingWLT
1Westfield1721
2Agawam2722
3Longmeadow3423
4Minnechaug4560
5Chicopee Comp.5712
6East Longmeadow6470
7Amherst7813
8Chicopee8920
9LudlowNR3100
10Belchertown10350

No. 1 Westfield and No. 2 Agawam appear on a collision course for the Western Mass. title and both are unbeaten in the region. Westfield dominated East Longmeadow after its tie with Agawam and continues to hold onto its No. 1 ranking. Meanwhile, Agawam suffered its first loss, a 3-0 verdict to reigning Division Three North champion Wayland.

No. 5 Chicopee Comp dealt No. 7 Amherst its first loss. The Hurricanes had not allowed more than two goals in any game this season until getting routed by the Colts.

 Highlights

Connor Sullivan delivered his second hat trick in three games to spark Westfield over West Springfield, 7-1.

– East Longmeadow scored three goals during the final four minutes to deal Minnechaug a 3-2  loss.

Brett Geoffroy had a career-high five assists as Chicopee humbled Greenfield, 11-1. Brian Turnbull, John Baker and Dominic Gallant each scored twice.

Jeremy Lewis scored two goals and added a pair of assists Chicopee Comp blanked Amherst, 7-0. Lewis has  six games with three points or more points this season. It was the Hurricanes’ first loss

 

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