Western Mass. Poll: Westfield, Agawam play to a draw

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
1Westfield1521
2Agawam2612
3Longmeadow's3322
4Minnechaug4540
5Chicopee Comp.5611
6East Longmeadow6460
7Amherst7703
8Chicopee8720
9West SpringfieldNR360
10BelchertownNR350

No. 1 Westfield hit a bump in the road, tying No. 2 Agawam and losing to Central Mass.  stalwart Wachusett, but the Bombers still have not lost to a Western Mass. team and maintain the top position in the weekly poll.

Agawam, which has been coming on strong, is pushing Westfield and the Brownies are looking forward to the rematch later this month. Agawam did suffer its first loss to Wayland. No. 9 West Springfield and No. 10 Belchertown both moved into the top 10.

Highlights

Ben Wosky E. Longmeadow
Ben Wosky
E. Longmeadow
Anthony Piteo Minnechaug
Anthony Piteo
Minnechaug

– Chicopee defeated Easthampton 6-1 at Fitzpatrick Skating Arena as Devan Longtin scored four goals. Longtin has a team-leading 16 goals this season. John Baker and Stephen Ford had one goal each. Ryan McDonough and Christian Salamon each added two assists.

– East Longmeadow hockey team defeated South Hadley 10-4 Saturday at Fitzpatrick Skating Arena thanks to multi-point performances from eight different players. Ben Wosky scored four goals and set up another. Angelo Morace added a pair of goals, while Nick Corbin, Anthony Forest, Mike Leahy and Angelica Mushenko added one apiece.

Matt Walthouse tipped an Andrew Moody shot in for the equalizer with 1.7 seconds remaining as Longmeadow tied Hudson, 2-2. It was Walthouse’s second power-play goal of the contest.

Anthony Piteo and linemates Cam Mariani and Josh DeCarolis combined for all Minnechaug’s scoring in its 5-1 win over Ludlow.

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