WMass. Update: Wahconah will defend 3A title vs. Comp

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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No. 5 Wahconah, the defending champion, and No. 2 Chicopee Comp will meet for the Western Mass. championship Thursday night at The Olympia (5:30) after both scored semifinal wins Saturday.

– Jeremy Lewis scored three goals and set up another Saturday to power Chicopee Comp to a 5-3 semifinal victory over No. 3 Amherst. Comp held a 4-0 second-period lead but the Hurricanes stormed back on goals by Marshall O’Leary, Maxwell Hopley and Jacob Balderston to cut the lead to 4-3 with 18.5 seconds remaining in the second period. After a pair of big saves by Parker Nunes, Myles Hemingway delivered a lead pass to Lewis, who completed his hat trick to give the Colts a 5-3 lead. Hemingway and Cam Kagan had the other goals for Comp. Amherst (14-4-4), which won only five games last season, was without star defenseman Jordan Tetreault (concussion).

РDan Flynn had a hat trick to spark Wahconah to a wild 6-5 victory over No. 1 Chicopee. Nate Lapine got Wahconah going early when he scored 57 seconds into the game and added another 11 minutes later as the Warriors never looked back. Christian Salamon scored three goals for Chicopee. The Pacers closed at 12-7-2.

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