EMass Boys Division 3 Top 10
Top-seeded Hanover had no trouble this week, beating Whitman-Hanson, 5-2, and Pembroke, 9-1. Tick, tick, tick. The Indians still have yet to lose a regular-season game since Jan. 2017. North Quincy will be a challenge Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the Quincy Youth Arena (7 p.m.). Hanover beat the Red Raiders, 5-3, in Pembroke Dec. 19.
#2 Bishop Stang dropped its first of the season, falling to #3 Coyle & Cassidy, 2-1, at Raynham Ice Plex. That win vaulted the Warriors all the way up to #3 this week from #10, but we’re standing by Bishop Stang at our second spot, otherwise known as the top-ranked team in Eastern Mass. Division 3 not named Hanover. One 2-1 loss to a surging team doesn’t make a season. Stang rebounded nicely with a 3-1 win over Martha’s Vineyard.
Coyle & Cassidy won three straight and four out of five entering the game against Stang, which gets a rematch against C&C on February 6. That’s four days after Coyle runs into Shrewsbury, winners of last year’s D3 state title (and since moved on to D1) at Warrior Ice Arena.
#4 Newton South had a pair of 2-2 ties – to Wayland and Lexington. South hasn’t lost since Dec. 19 (4-2 to Wayland).
#5 North Quincy lost its only game of the week – 5-2 to Duxbury. No shame, of course, losing to the HNIB News Division 1 #13 team, which is 10-2-0.
#6 Hopkinton hasn’t lost since Dec. 29. They won two last week, beating Dover-Sherborn/Weston, 5-0, and Holliston, 1-0. The Hillers are on a six-game unbeaten streak that includes two ties.
#7 Ashland is on a four-game unbeaten streak heading into this week. The Clockers doubled up Dedham, 4-2, and tied Westwood, 5-5. Each of those are Division 2 teams with winning records.
Well-rested #8 Lowell handled Cambridge, 5-2. The Red Raiders had 11 days off between games.
#9 Lynn beat Somerville, 7-4, and was nipped by Gloucester, 6-5, in a battle for Northeastern Conference South supremacy. No shame in losing to the Fishermen, the #13 team in the HNIB News Division 2 poll.
#10 Dartmouth creeps into the poll this week. The Indians are 5-1-2 in their last eight. They beat Brockton, 4-2, and Cranston West (R.I.), 4-3.