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WMass. Top 10 Poll: East Longmeadow vaults to the top

Western Mass. Top 10 Poll

RankTeamPR*WLT
1East Longmeadow3630
2Minnechaug2820
3Longmeadow1830
4Westfield4360
5Chicopee9710
6Amherst6612
7Chicopee Comp.7621
8Agawam5280
9Wahconah8711
10Belchertown10422

Ben Wosky of No. 1 East Longmeadow has been on fire. The senior forward scored the game-winning goal as East Longmeadow edged No. 4 Westfield, 2-1, and has a Western Massachusetts Division 3 leading 11 goals. He is fourth in the Berry Division in scoring with 19 points.

Wosky set up Anthony’s Forest’s goal, which proved to be the game-winner.

Jack O'Brien East Longmeadow

Jack O’Brien
East Longmeadow
(Fran Sypek photo)

Jack O’Brien has been strong in goal since returning from an injury and had 29 saves against Westfield. The Spartans have relied on speed and strong position play.

Anthony Piteo is leading No. 2 Minnechaug and now has 99 career points (37 goals, 62 assists).

No. 3 Longmeadow dropped in the poll after a 4-2 loss at home to Central Mass. power Shrewsbury. The Lancers have been inconsistent and will need improved goaltending to reclaim the top spot. Key division matchups will also likely determine the league title.

Michael Tabb had his first career hat trick to help Longmeadow beat struggling Agawam, which dropped to No 8. Tabb tops the Berry Division in points with 23. Matt Pierson has eight goals and 11 assists through 10 games.

No. 4 Westfield continues to play solid defense. But the Bombers have been plagued by a lack of scoring and have lost a number of close games.

The biggest leap in the poll belongs to No. 5 Chicopee, which had a big win over Amherst. Jeff Zebrowski has at least one point in all of his team’s games. He set up a pair of goals in the Pacers win over Amherst.

Connor McAnanama has been one of the few bright spots for No. 8 Agawam. He owns a .910 save percentage.

Cam Kagan of No. 7 Chicopee Comp leads the state with 44 points. Teammate Jeremy Lewis tops the state with 23 goals.

No. 9 Wahconah continues to feast on Berkshire County teams.

No. 10 Belchertown has held its own against some of the top teams in Division 3A.

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.