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Western Mass Top 10: #1 Longmeadow On Top Of Its Game

Western Mass.Top 10

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Longmeadow1942
2Westfield2752
3Minnechaug3753
4Amherst/Pelham41020
5Greenfield5902
6Belchertown6912
7South Hadley7831
8Easthampton8850
9West Springfield10671
10Ludlow9471

Longmeadow has been playing its best hockey of the season and remains No. 1 in the Western Mass. weekly poll.

Longmeadow defeated Grorton-Dunstable, 3-0 Saturday in a non-league game. Max Loyuk had a 31-save shutout. Jack Baron scored one goal and set up another. Cole Guidrey and Joe Santaniello added single goals.

The Lancers are getting balanced scoring and great goaltending from Loyuk. They are one win away from clinching a tournament spot.

No. 2 Westfield played to a 0-0 tie with Division 1 Shrewsbury Saturday in a rematch of last season’s state Division 3 semifinal won by the Colonials.

No. 3 Minnechaug earned a 2-2 tie with Grafton. Matthew Kowal scored two goals for the Falcons. He has 20 goals and 10 assists this season.

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.