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Western Mass. Top 10: #1 Longmeadow, #2 Westfield headed for closing collision

Western Mass. Top 10 Poll

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Longmeadow11112
2Westfield21222
3West Springfield31051
4Ludlow4824
5Chicopee5934
6East Longmeadow6490
7Greenfield81042
8Easthampton7725
9Amherst9454
10South HadleyNR482

Despite playing what was arguably its best game this season, HNIB’s Western Mass. Top 10 No. 1 Longmeadow lost, 3-1 to Central Mass. power Shrewsbury on Saturday. Jack Barron scored the lone Longmeadow goal.

The Lancers matched the Colonials speed and intensity, but ran into a hot goalie in Pat Shaunessy. Max Loyuk (15 saves) was equally impressive for Longmeadow.

No. 2 Westfield continues to win and will meet Longmeadow in the season finale in two weeks. Westfield is fresh off a 1-1 tie with D2 Beverly.

In one of the wildest games this season at the Olympia, No. 3 West Springfield and No. 8 Easthampton played to a 5-5 tie. It was a back-and-forth battle between two of the most improved programs in the region with several lead changes and produced a rare point earned by a Wright team against a Berry team.

Chris Tenczar scored two goals and set up another for the upstart Eagles. Mike McColgan also scored twice and seven Easthampton players produced at least one point as the Eagles rallied from a two-goal deficit with less than six minutes remaining. Chris Baker scored twice for the Terriers. Shane Wilinson and Nick DeMaio added a goal and assist each.

West Springfield, which clinched a tournament berth after falling one game shy a year ago with a 6-4 win over Minnechaug, has been the Berry Division’s most improved team. Minnechaug has been its most disappointing team.

No 4 Ludlow beat No. 6 East Longmeadow, 3-1 on goals by Betniho Terrinca, Ryan Martin and Colin Hess.

No. 5 Chicopee blanked No. 9 Amherst, 2-0 as Kelsey Czarinowski made 31 saves. Ryan McDonough and Andre Gallant scored for the Pacers.

HIGHLIGHTS

*Betniho Terrinca, Cole Moultintro and Brennan Madu scored as Ludlow edged Amherst, 3-2.

*Jack Barron scored three goals and set up two others as Longmeadow blanked East Longmeadow, 8-0.

*Nick DeMaio had a hat trick to lead West Springfield to a 6-4 triumph over Minnechaug. Shane Wilkinson scored one goal and had two assists. Chris Baker added three assists. Nick Byron and Adam Taylor added single goals for the Terriers.

*Cam Parent stopped 35 of 36 shots as Westfield settled for a 1-1 tie with Beverly.

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.