Western Mass.Top 10
No. 4 Amherst/Pelham served notice that it intends to do what it can to reclaim the Western Massachusetts Division 3A title.
Amherst beat No. 5 Greenfield, 8-1, handing the Green Wave its first loss of the season. Last season, then reigning champion Amherst was eliminated from the tournament following a 3-0 loss to upstart Greenfield.
Defenseman Nick Foster led the Hurricanes with three third period goals. Brandon Pertiz scored twice, while Chris Foster, Kouji Ishida, Eli Slovin added single goals. Ryan Baumann scored his 17th goal for Greenfield. The Hurricanes did fall Saturday to Chicopee Comp.
No. 1 Longmeadow was idle last week and still retains the top spot. Despite a 3-0 independent loss to Central Mass. power Wachusett, No. 2 Westfield stays put.
No. 3. Minnechaug remains ahead of No. 4 Amherst, mostly due to the Falcons 10-2 triumph over the Hurricanes.
No. 6 Belchertown beat Ludlow, 4-1 behind two goals by Vaughn Gillen.
Tyler Cortis had a 16-save shutout as No. 7 Easthampton blanked Wahconah, 4-0. Christopher Tenczar scored two goals and Garren Fugiel added a goal and two assists.
No. 10 Chicopee appears in the weekly poll for the first time.