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Western Mass Top 10: #1 Longmeadow Clinches Berry Division Crown

Western Mass.Top 10

5Greenfield 61522
7West Springfield 10792
8South Hadley81152
9Easthampton 71071

No. 1 Longmeadow lost a thrilling, 1-0 decision to Central Mass. power Hudson on Saturday. The Lancers have already clinched another Berry Division title and will likely be the top seed in the upcoming tournament. They also downed East Longmeadow, 5-1

Longmeadow and No. 2 Westfield were supposed to meet last Wednesday, but that game was postponed until this Friday.

Westfield has endured several injuries and the Bombers are playing with a short bench. No. 3 Minnechaug, which lost to Groton-Dunstable, 4-1 on Saturday, could push Westfield for the second seed.

No. 5 Greenfield scored two goals during the first four minutes of play to pin a 4-2 setback over No. 6 Belchertown. The Green Wave moved up a spot over the Orioles following the win. Ryan Bauman and Jacob Bryant each had one goal and an assist to spark the Green Wave.

Ryan Tucker had a hat trick and set up a pair of goals as No. 8 South Hadley beat Drury, 9-5.

Cole Moulthino and David Walsh scored two goals apiece as No 10 Ludlow beat Mount Everett, 7-1.

No. 7 West Springfield defeated No.9  Easthampton, 3-1. Jack Castor, Nick DeMaio and Jack Ansart had one goal each for the Terriers. The loss dropped Easthampton two spots after the reigning Division 3A team dropped an independent game against the Division 3 Terriers.

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.