Western Mass. Top 10 Poll
Division 3A seems to suit No. 4 Ludlow just fine. Ludlow has thrived since moving from the Berry Division to the Fay. Saturday’s 4-4 tie with No. 10 Belchertown gave Ludlow a 6-2-4 record. T.J. Modzelewski tipped in a shot by Ryan Martin with 28 seconds left for the equalizer after the Lions pulled goalie Mike Young for an extra attacker.
Young has been a big part of Ludlow’s resurgence, giving the Lions steady goaltending. His best game came when he made 31 saves in a 5-3 win over No. 5 Chicopee on Thursday. Chicopee had been averaging nearly five goals per game.
No. 9 Amherst suffered a 4-3 loss to South Hadley after Trevor Ouimet tipped in a shot by Ryan Tucker.
No. 1 Longmeadow and No. 2 Westfield continue to lead the way. They will meet on Feb. 22.
No. 3 West Springfield continues to be the surprise team of the Berry Division.
No. 8 Greenfield earned wins over Chicopee and Ludlow. Bryan Baumann, Evan Simmons and Doug Hanieski have teamed up for 58 points this season.HIGHLIGHTS
*Matthew Kowal scored four goals to spark Minnechaug to a 5-5 tie with Longmeadow. Tyler Rose also scored for the Falcons. Thomas Sheehan had 31 saves. Jack Barron had two goals and two assists for the Lancers. Mason Baron-Pinkowski added one goal with two assists.
*Jayden Blackburn scored two goals and set up another to lead Amherst to a 5-1 win over Wahconah. Nico Cardaropli scored two goals and Eli Stevin had one.
*Mike Palmero and Ryan McDonough each had a goal and two assists in Chicopee’s 3-1 triumph over Easthampton.
*Matthew Villandry scored twice as Chicopee Comp defeated Drury, 3-1. Derek Boutin set up two goals and Kyle Vezina finished with 26 saves.