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EMass Boys D3 Top 10: Red-hot Bourne Climbs To #2

EMass Boys Division 3 Top 10

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Hanover11412
2Bourne41331
3Coyle Cassidy61052
4Norwell71132
5Newton South51024
6North Quincy21350
7Lynn101133
8Bishop Stang31241
9LowellNR1042
10Upper Cape TechNR1530

#1 Hanover seems to be doing just fine after suffering its first regular-season loss in two years. The Indians crushed Division 2 Plymouth South, 8-2, and blanked Bishop Stang, 3-0, in a battle of two of our top-three teams heading into last week. Hanover will meet ranked Bourne and either Norwell or Scituate down the stretch, so it won’t be easy to close things out.

The rest of the rankings are like Elvis – all shook up.

Is there a hotter team in Division 3 than #2 Bourne? We gave the Canalmen the bump from No. 4 after they beat 10-5-1 Greater New Bedford, 6-2, for their ninth straight win. Big test Saturday, Feb. 16 – Hanover at Hobomock Ice Arena in Pembroke at 5 p.m.

Speaking of hot, how could we not give another bump to Coyle & Cassidy? The Warriors beat Bishop Stang, 1-0, and Taunton, 7-0, last week, completing the season sweep over Stang. It is unbeaten in its last five. Dating back to Jan. 5, they are 8-1-1.

Norwell continues to impress and moves up again. The #4 Clippers beat Rockland, 6-2, and tied Division 1 Medford, 2-2. They are on an 11-game unbeaten streak.

#5 Newton South seems to be getting back on track after a 1-1-3 stretch. They beat Bedford, 4-1, this past week.

#6 North Quincy has lost two out of three, but against Division 2 teams with a combined 21 wins (Plymouth North, Quincy). They blanked Plymouth South, 1-0, in between.

Northeastern Conference’s Lynn makes another leap up to #7. It is on a six-game unbeaten streak after wins Latin Academy (4-1) and Shawsheen (10-3).

Is #8 Bishop Stang’s slide for real? They’ve lost three out of four. They’ll have a chance to regroup in their final games against Dartmouth and John Paul II and either St. Joseph Prep or Norwell in the Spartan Cup.

Lowell, at #9, had a great week. It beat Division 2 Danvers, 3-2, blanked Cambridge, 4-0, and doubled up Dracut/Tyngsboro, 4-2.

We know Upper Cape Tech doesn’t play the most competitive schedule. But the Rams are doing what they should do – winning, and winning big. The team has the most wins in the division and has scored 106 goals.

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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