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Western Mass Top 10: Longmeadow Remains Firm At #1

Western Mass.Top 10

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Longmeadow1942
2Westfield2862
3Minnechaug3853
4Amherst/Pelham41230
5Greenfield5111
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6Belchertown61012
7Easthampton8950
8South Hadley7841
9West Springfield9681
10ChicopeeNR752

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.

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.