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EMass D3 Top 10: Top Five Teams Hold Serve

EMass Boys Division 3 Top 10

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Hanover1801
2Bishop Stang2901
3Newton South3710
4North Quincy41020
5Hopkinton5622
6Ashland6521
7Lowell8421
8LynnNR621
9ShawsheenNR304
10Coyle CassidyNR541

The top five teams played like the top five teams that they are this week. As a result, their order remains unchanged in this week’s HNIB News EMass D3 Top 10

Hanover had a light week but took care of business in its only matchup. It beat the HNIB News No. 12 team in last week’s Division 2 poll, Quincy, 3-0. Hanover has yet to lose a regular season game since the 2016-2017 season. The last team to beat the Indians was Division 2 Westwood in January of 2017.

Bishop Stang continued its piping-hot start, beating Bishop Feehan, 3-2, and Latin Academy, 6-2. The Spartans have been super-efficient, allowing just 15 goals while scoring 42 in 10 games.

Newton South topped Bedford, 5-3, winning its fourth straight. It gets a rematch with the only team that beat it, Wayland, Wednesday, Jan. 16, at John Ryan Skating Rink in Watertown (8 p.m.).

North Quincy, like Bishop Stang, is making its mark this winter after some quiet time in the South shadows of Hanover, Rockland and Norwell the past few years. The Red Raiders have the most wins in the division as of Sunday, Jan. 13, with 10. They blanked Scituate, 1-0, and took care of the Nantucket Whalers, 6-2.

#5 Hopkinton beat Medway, 5-2, and tied Norwood, 3-3.

Ashland also had a win-and-tie week, blanking Dover-Sherborn/Weston, 4-0, and tying Holliston, 2-2. 

#7 Lowell did not play. It takes on Cambridge Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the Tsongas Center in Lowell (5:30 p.m.).

North clubs Lynn and Shawsheen get into the poll this week after some weeks on the outskirts. Lynn is one of the hottest teams in the North, winning four straight and six out of seven. The only loss? A 5-4 battle to one of the top teams in Division 2, Winthrop. Lynn beat Cambridge (6-5) and Revere/Malden (6-3) this week.

Shawsheen hasn’t lost, though we’re sure the Rams would like a few more wins. They are a tying machine. This past week, it tied Hamilton-Wenham, 3-3, and beat Rockport/Manchester Essex, 5-0.

Coyle-Cassidy, on a three-game winning streak, makes its return to the rankings this week.

Dom Nicastro

Dom Nicastro

Dom Nicastro is a veteran sportswriter and journalist whose credits include the Gloucester Daily Times, Salem News, Lawrence Eagle-Tribune and Boston Magazine. This is his seventh season working for Hockey Night in Boston Magazine. He covers boys Eastern Mass. Division 3 and Rhode Island. He can be reached via email at [email protected]
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