Western Mass Top 10: Longmeadow, Westfield Meet Again Wednesday

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.

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Western Mass.Top 10

RankTeam[tooltip text="PR*" gravity="ne"]Previous Ranking[/tooltip]WLT
8South Hadley8952
10West Springfield 9692

No. 1 Longmeadow secured a tournament berth following its 8-2 triumph over Agawam. Cole Guidrey scored two goals and added two assists for the Lancers. Jack Barron scored a goal and set up three others.

No. 2 Westfield continues to rely and defense and goaltending which took center stage in its 1-0 independent win over Grafton. Scott Bussell scored the game’s lone goal at 10:12 of the third period to break a scoreless stalemate. The Bombers also edged CMass Groton/Dunstable, 3-2, on Sunday.

Longmeadow and Westfield will meet for the second time this season on Wednesday at Amelia Park (7pm). Longmeadow took the first meeting by a 4-1 score.

Steven Mushenko scored a pair of goal to lead No. 3 Minnechuag past No. 9 West Springfield, 3-1.

Jayden Blackburn

Jayden Blackburn scored two goals and set up another as No. 4 Amherst defeated Chicopee, 4-1.

Adam Roshe scored twice as No. 7 Easthampton edged No. 6 Greenfield, 4-3. Tyler Cortis finished with 29 saves for the Eagles.

No. 8 South Hadley played to a 2-2 tie with Drury. Mike Mazza and Matthew Brunellle scored for the Tigers.

Betinho Terrinca scored two goals and set up another in No. 10 Ludlow continued its playoff push following a  5-3 win over Chicopee. The Lions have returned to the top 10,  leapfrogging over Chicopee after the Pacers lost their last two games.
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