WMass D3A Title Game: Chicopee Comp brings it home

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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For the first time since 1986 Chicopee Comp has won a Western Mass. hockey championship.

Chicopee Comp used a hat trick from Jeremy Lewis Thursday to beat reigning sectional Division IIIA champion Wahconah, 4-2 in the title game at the Olympia.

CHICOPEE COMP dethroned defending WMass D3A champion Wahconah with a 4-2 win Thursday. (Fran Sypek photo)
CHICOPEE COMP dethroned defending WMass D3A champion Wahconah with a 4-2 win Thursday. (Fran Sypek photo)

Cam Kagan also scored and set up two of Lewis’ goals and Parker Nunes made 24 saves. Lewis and Kagan have combined for 53% of Comp’s goals this season.

Lewis scored 48 seconds into the game to stake the Colts to a 1-0 lead. Kagan’s unassisted goal with 1:38 remaining in the opening period raised Comp’s lead to 2-0.

Jeff Hancock scored the lone goal of the second period as Wahconah cut Comp’s lead to 2-1.

Lewis gave the Colts some breathing room when he scored at 5:01 of the third period before he completed his hat trick at 10:43 to provide Comp with a 4-1 advantage.

Mike Bloom closed the scoring as the Warriors, who pressured the Colts late in the period, cut the lead to 4-2 with 2:02 left. Wahconah pulled Niko Romano with 1:08 remaining but could not get the equalizer.

Chicopee Comp was Western Mass. Division II champion in 1986. The Colts will play the winner of Monday’s CMass 3A title game between Nashoba Regional and Worcester/Leicester in the state D3A Final next week.

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