Western Mass. Top 10 Poll
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No. 3 Minnechaug split a pair of games with No. 6 East Longmeadow, winning 7-3 and losing, 6-5. Cam Mariani scored two of his three goals shorthanded during the victory. Josh DeCarolis had two goals and an assist to give him a career-high 40 points.
East Longmeadow, which was eliminated from last year’s tournament by Minnechaug, served notice it could be a postseason factor by edging Minnechaug on Saturday.
Following an 11-2 loss to No. 1 Longmeadow on Tuesday, No. 7 West Springfield was eliminated from tournament contention.
No. 2 Westfield won an independent 4-0 decision over Beverly. Cam Parent had a 15-save shutout for the defensive-minded Bombers.
No. 4 Chicopee, which has been beset by injuries, edged crosstown rival Chicopee Comp, 5-4 in a game played at Springfield’s Mass Mutual Center.
No. 5 Amherst is the reigning Western Mass. Division 3A champion and the Hurricanes are playing their best hockey down the stretch. Amherst beat tourney hopeful Greenfiield, 8-2, knocking the Green Wave out of the Top 10.
No. 8 South Hadley edged St. Mary, 5-4.
No. 9 Belchertown had a big, 4-3 come-from-behind win over Mt. Everett. Raymond Langevin sparked the victory with a hat trick.
No. 10 Taconic of Pittsfield enters the HNIB News weekly Western Mass. poll for the first time this season. The Braves are 7-6-1.