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Western Mass. poll: Longmeadow strengthens hold on top spot

Western Mass. Top 10 Poll

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Longmeadow1501
2Minnechaug2510
3Westfield3630
4E. Longmeadow4320
5W. Springfield5530
6Chicopee6600
7South Hadley7321
8Greenfield8431
9St. Mary's (W)10311
10AmherstNR321
Warrior-Polls

– No. 1 Longmeadow remained atop the Berry Division following a 3-0 decision over reigning sectional champion No. 3 Westfield. Jack Barron, Spencer Robbins and Joe Letendre had one goal apiece for the Lancers.  Max Loyuk made 25 saves to record the shutout. Robbins (21) and Barron (20) have combined to score 41 goals for Longmeadow.

– Jake Balderston celebrated his 100th career point en route to a hat trick to lift No. 10 Amherst to a 7-0 triumph over Easthampton. Nate Masteralexis also scored three goals for the Hurricanes. Niccolo Cararopoli added one goal and a pair of assists, while Clayton Bowser had a 15-save shutout.

– Shane Wilkinson scored two goals and set up another as No. 5 West Springfield edged Ludlow, 4-3. Casey Bridges stopped 24 shots for the Terriers.

– Garren Fugiel scored twice and Mike McColgan once as Easthampton edged Turners Falls, 3-2.

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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