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Western Mass. Division 3 Final: Longmeadow Reigns Supreme

Longmeadow is the 2019 Western Mass. D3 champion. (Fran Sypek photo)

This time, Longmeadow lived up to its top seed billing.

No. 1 Longmeadow ended No. 3 Westfield’s three-year championship reign as Jack Barron registered a hat trick to power the Lancers to a 5-1 triumph over the Bombers Thursday in the MIAA Western Massachusetts Division 3 championship game.

Barron also had an assist. He has 199 career points.

Longmeadow (15-5-2) advances to Tuesday’s state semifinal at Holy Cross and will face the winner of Sunday’s Central Mass. final between Groton-Dunstable and Wachusett.

Westfield (12-8-2) had won five of the last six sectional titles and 13 of the previous 17. But the Bombers could not withstand a four-goal second period outburst by the Lancers that left them with a comfortable 5-1 advantage. Westfield and Longmeadow have combined to win 17 of the last 18 Western Mass. titles.

Westfield nearly opened the scoring early in the game. Ryan Moorhouse hit the post and later left the game with a broken wrist.

Barron opened the scoring 4:08 into the game when he scored off a rebound to give Longmeadow a 1-0 lead. Mason Baron-Pinkowski snapped a shot from the slot into the net 1:29 into the second period as the Lancers took a 2-0 edge. Rob Giampietro tipped in a Barron shot at 5:32 to provide the Lancers with a 3-0 lead.

Scotty Bussell got Westfield on the board at 7:01 to make it 3-1. But Barron scored twice later in the period as the Lancers increased their lead to 5-1.

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.