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Western Mass Top 10: Easthampton Hoping To Go On A Run

Western Mass.Top 10

7South Hadley7830
10West SpringfieldNR471

After a slow start, No. 8  Easthampton is starting to climb the ladder. The reigning Western Mass Division 3A champions have regrouped and have been playing their best hockey this season. The Eagles stand 7-5-0 and are three wins away from returning to the tournament.

Garren Fugiel earned his 100th career point as his hat trick powered Easthampton to a 9-1 win over Mount Everett.

No. 10 West Springfield handed No. 4 Amherst its first loss this season, 4-2. Jack Castor scored twice for the Terriers.

No. 9 Ludlow defeated No. 7 South Hadley, 3-2 behind Brennan Madu’s hat trick.

No. 1 Longmeadow holds onto the top spot after it defeated Newton North, 5-2. Robert Joyal scored two goals for the Lancers.

No. 2 Westfield blanked East Longmeadow, 6-0.

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.