WMass. Top 10 Poll: No. 2 Minnechaug makes presence known

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
1East Longmeadow1630
2Minnechaug21020
3Longmeadow3940
4Westfield4461
5Chicopee Comp71022
6Chicopee5920
7Amherst6813
8Wahconah9821
9West SpringfieldNR471
10Agawam82101

No. 2 Minnechaug was sick of losing to Berry Division rivals. Now the Falcons have emerged as one of the top teams in Division 3.

Anthony Piteo Minnechaug
Anthony Piteo
Minnechaug

Anthony Piteo produced his 100th career point during a 4-1 victory over Hudson. He had a goal and assist in that win. Cam Mariani also had a goal and an assist and freshman goalie Aleks Vanderleeden, who has been playing like an upperclassman, had 30 saves. Piteo is the first Minnechaug player to eclipse 100 points since Jim Gianfelice did it during the 2005-06 season.

Mario Metallo Westfield
Mario Metallo
Westfield

At 10-2, Minnechaug has qualified for the tournament.

No. 3 Longmeadow was stunned following a 5-3 loss to Division 3A Amherst.

Mario Metallo scored two goals and set up two others as No. 4 Westfield beat Ludlow, 6-1. The Bombers have shown improvement, especially on offense.

No. 5 Chicopee Comp moved up following a win over No. 6 Chicopee.

No. 7 Amherst, which stunned Longmeadow, also played to a 1-1 tie with No. 8 Wahconah in a battle of Division 3A contenders. The Hurricanes know they can play with anyone in the division and the win over Longmeadow was a huge confidence-builder. The Hurricanes have adapted well to second-year coach Mike Rousseau’s system.

No. 9 West Springfield hit a road bump following a 5-3 loss to Minnechaug and the Terriers are faced with a tough remaining schedule. Shane Wilkinson had the game-winning goal against No. 10 Agawam. Wilkinson leads the Terriers in scoring with 10 points. He has produced five points in the last three games. Agawam continues to struggle despite getting great goaltending from Connor McAnanama.

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