Bombers shut out Brownies

Westfield’s Scotty Bussell roofs a shot from the circle over the glove of the Agawam goalie Saturday at the Olympia in West Springfield. (Photo by Bill Deren)

WEST SPRINGFIELD – The Westfield High School boys ice hockey team is off to a fast start so far this year, and the Bombers are showing no signs of slowing down.
Their latest victim was no different as Westfield turned back Agawam 6-0 Saturday at the Olympia in West Springfield.
Scotty Bussell (2 goals) and Aidan Fitzgerald (1 goal, 2 assists) fueled the offensive surge. Danny Antonellis, Ryan Moorhouse, and freshman Danny Bennett each scored one goal. It was Bennett’s first varsity goal.
“We finally got our act together,” said Westfield boys ice hockey head coach C.B. “Moose” Matthews, whose team committed just two penalties against Agawam.
Westfield goalie C.J. Czarnecki (18 saves) earned a shutout. The Bombers improved to 6-1 overall, 4-0 league).

Bombers sharp at Frank Chaves Invitational
Westfield senior captain Vitaliy Borodin (138 pounds) led Westfield into the Frank Chaves Invitational, and out of it feeling pretty darn good.
Borodin was very impressive in a tournament stacked with talented wrestlers from multiple states, including state champions, New England finalists and New England champs. Westfield’s senior captain defeated Newtown’s Ayden Kasbarian in the round of 16, 10-2.
Trailing in the quarterfinals, Borodin came up with a pin in 2:30 over East Hartford’s Ricardo Medina. In the semifinals, he brutalized a very game Matthew Raine (Suffield). Borodin cranked on Raine for five minutes but was unable to turn him. Still, the Bomber came away with a 4-0 victory.
“It was the best I’ve seen him wrestle,” Westfield High School wrestling head coach Chris Malinowski said.
Borodin lost in the finals to Simsbury’s Andrew Oken in a very close match.
Westfield’s senior heavyweight Joe Raco was also very impressive.
Raco pinned East Hartford’s Donovan Rampassard in the round of 16 in 3:53. He followed that up with a pin the quarterfinals over Coventry, Rhode Island’s Kyle Sanford. Raco lost the following match to eventual champion, Henry Schrecengost (Avon, Conn.).
“That would make Raco only more determined,” coach Malinowski said.
Raco then pinned Newington’s Max Usmanov in 1:59. In the consolation finals, he pinned Ponagansett’s Jeremy Girard in 4:59.
“Raco was truly impressive,” Malinowski added.
Westfield freshman Eliandres Quinones (120 pounds) shut out Newington’s Matthew Stomsky 7-0 in his first varsity action, Bombers senior captain Ed Borodin (126) won by technical fall over Newtown’s Mike Sereday 15-0, senior Mike Minchala (132) won by tech fall over East Hartford’s Felipe Rivera 17-2, junior Cam Foster (160) won by pin over East Hartford’s David Coroth in 46 seconds, and junior Carlito Serrano (182) won by fall over Simsbury’s Tyler Coiro in 38 seconds.

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