Western Mass. D3 Poll: Westfield rolls to two lopsided wins

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
1Westfield1722
2Agawam2832
3Longmeadow3424
4Minnechaug4660
5Chicopee Comp.5822
6East Longmeadow6480
7Chicopee81040
8Amherst7823
9Ludlow93110
10Belchertown10460

No. 1 Westfield went unbeaten and outscored No. 4 Minnechaug and West Springfield by a combined 14-4. Connor Sullivan has scored eight goals in his last three games.

No. 2 Agawam lost to EMass. stalwart Marblehead Monday but routed No. 7 Chicopee Thursday. The Bombers and Brownies meet Friday in Westfield.

No. 3 Longmeadow is on a six-game unbeaten streak (3-0-3). No. 5 Chicopee Comp earned wins over No. 8 Amherst and Turners Falls.

Highlights

Cam Rivest scored his 100th career point following  a goal and an assist as Agawam beat Chicopee, 11-1. Kyle Toti had two goals and an assist and Joe Mercadante had a goal and three assists. Christian Salamon scored for Chicopee.

-Greenfield beat Easthampton 5-3 for its first victory. Five players scored for Greenfield as Cody Shoefeld, Evan Simmons, Tyler Townsley, Alex Malinowski, and Tyler Miner (two assists) each collected one goal. Clay Richardson had two assists. Goalie Finn O’Connor made 23 saves.

Max Bengston’s goal midway through the third period enabled Westfield to earn a 3-3 tie against upset-minded Longmeadow. Longmeadow was without leading scorer Michael Tabb (7 goals, 12 assists), who had the flu. Matt Pierson had two goals for Longmeadow. Sean Moorhouse and Liam Whitman had the other goals for Westfield. The tie halted a three-game winning streak for Westfield, which has not lost since a 4-2 setback to Wachusett on Jan. 2.

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