EMass Boys Division 3 Top 10
North Quincy. What have you done? It was so easy picking a top team in the Division 3 Eastern Mass. boys hockey Top 10 the last two years. Just go with the team that hasn’t lost a regular season game in two years. But you’ve ended that thought process. North Quincy’s convincing 3-0 win over Hanover Jan. 23 leaves us no choice but to … do the same thing again.
We’re leaving Hanover at #1.
Ok, no doubt North Quincy’s win over the Indians is an eye-opener. But are we ready to bounce the Indians out of the top spot for one blip? Especially when they came back three days later and rocked Silver Lake, 6-2. Not quite.
What we will do is vault North Quincy from #5 to #2. The Red Raiders also picked up a solid, 3-2 win over Division 2 Scituate three days after beating Hanover.
#3 Bishop Stang dumped Cape Tech/Cape Cod Academy, 8-0. That’s the second win in a row after the loss to Coyle Cassidy.
The Division 3 landscape outside of the top three this week is a crowded sea of three-loss teams and then Newton South with two defeats. This week is all about rewarding big wins over ranked teams.
That’s why we’re putting Bourne into the #4 spot this week. They haven’t been ranked this regular season but have been quietly doing a lot of winning. The Canalmen beat the #10 team from last week, Dartmouth, 5-1. They’ve won six in a row and are unbeaten since Dec. 15 outside of 5-3 loss to Division 2 Wareham/Carver (11-2-1). They’ve got a rematch Jan. 30 at Gallo Ice Arena in Buzzards Bay (8 p.m.).
Newton South clocks in at No. 5. They’ve got Watertown Wednesday night in a chance to bounce back after Friday’s loss to the Dracut/Tyngsboro.
Ashland scored a big, 3-2 win over #8 Hopkinton Saturday at Loring Arena in Framingham. The Clockers are 4-1-2 in their last seven.
In the spirit of rewarding another team for knocking off an HNIB-ranked team, we’re going to give Dracut/Tyngsboro the nod at No. 7 for beating Newton South. Well, that, and the fact the Middies had won four in a row, until Sunday’s 3-3 tie with Latin Academy. Since Dec. 29, they are 5-1-1.
Coyle & Cassidy had a ho-hum week with a loss and a tie to Division 2 foes – 6-1 to Oliver Ames and 2-2 with Bishop Feehan.
Lowell has looked good. It’s won three of its last four, its only loss to Shrewsbury (4-3), which won the Division 3 state title last year before moving to Division 1 this year.