Western Mass. Top 10 Poll
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.
*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.