WMass. Top 10: #3 Minnechaug, #6 East Longmeadow split a two-game set

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

RankTeam[tooltip text="PR*" gravity="ne"]Previous Ranking[/tooltip]WLT
1Longmeadow11621
2Westfield21450
3Minnechaug31360
4Chicopee41611
5Amherst51241
6E. Longmeadow6890
7W. Springfield78110
8So. Hadley8962
9Belchertown9962
10TaconicNR762
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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.

Cam Mariani
Minnechaug

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.

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