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Western Mass. Division 3A Semifinals: Belchertown, Easthampton Will Meet in WMass Final

Vaughn Gillen

* Vaughn Gillen scored two goals and set up another to spark Belchertown to a 4-2 victory over Greenfield Saturday in a Western Massachusetts Division 3A semifinal.
Belchertown , 14-3-3 will meet Easthampton in the WMass Final on Thursday (5:30pm – Olympia) Glenn Scott and Frances Nigro also scored for the Orioles. Mike McGoldrick and Sean O’Sullivan replied for the Green Wave

* Garren Fugiel scored two goals and assisted on another as reigning champion Easthampton beat Amherst/Pelham in a semifinal, 6-2.  Jake Batchelder had one goal and three assists, while Chris Tenczar scored twice and had an assist. Ely Boyle and Kojui Ishida scored for Amherst.

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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