Western Mass. Top 10: Westfield hangs onto top spot

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 Poll

RankTeamPrevious RankingWLT
5Chicopee Comp.5601
6East Longmeadow6340

No. 1 Westfield has dropped two straight, including Sunday’s crossover loss to Central Mass. foe Wachusett, but the Bombers maintain the top spot. Westfield has been pushed by No. 2 Agawam. East Longmeadow, Longmeadow and Minnechaug continue to improve.

Westfield and Agawam face off on January 6th at 8pm at the Olympia.

No. 6 East Longmeadow appears to have recovered from a sluggish start offensively. The Spartans beat Ludlow, 6-2 and East Longmeadow now has 13 goals in two games. Balance has been key for the Spartans, who got points from 10 players in the game and senior goalie Matt Gasparini stopped 14 shots.

Anthony Piteo Minnechaug
Anthony Piteo

Defensemen Matt Gazaille and Jordan Tetreault chipped in offensively with one goal apiece in No. 7 Amherst’s 6-1 triumph over Taconic. Jake Balderston added one goal.

No. 4 Minnechaug’s Steve Bidus made 26 saves as the Falcons blanked Marlboro, 6-0. Anthony Piteo dished out four assists. Nick Rivet and Cameron Mariani each had one goal and two assists.

Jeremy Lewis had a hat trick as unbeaten No. 5 Chicopee Comp downed St. Mary, 8-4. Cam Kagan had two goals and three assists.

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