EMass. Boys D3 Top 15: Hopkinton New No. 1 In Big Shakeup; Cambridge, Bedford, St. John Paul II Enter Rankings

Jim Clark
Jim Clark
Jim Clark joined Hockey Night in Boston in December 2019, and has covered high school hockey in Massachusetts for more than three decades. He also covers high school hockey and is a multiplatform editor for the Boston Globe, and previously spent two decades as high school hockey reporter at the Boston Herald, where he also served as the high schools editor from 2000-06. Clark was honored by the Mass. State Hockey Coaches Association with its William Stewart Award for contributions to the sport in May 2019, and also received the Joel Perlmutter Award for media coverage in 2006. A graduate of UMass, he also spent eight years as sports editor/reporter at the Sentinel & Enterprise in Fitchburg, and has extensively covered high school hockey in Central and Western Mass. as well as Connecticut.

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EMass Boys Division 3 Top 15

RankTeam[tooltip text="PR*" gravity="ne"]Previous Ranking[/tooltip]WLT
3Bishop Stang13200
8St. John Paul IINR400
10Martha's Vineyard11211
14Greater New Bedford15210

If the first week-plus of the 2019-20 hockey season has taught us anything, it’s that the competition among the Eastern Mass. Division 3 boys teams could be wide open.

Hopkinton was the lone team in the preseason top 10 to hold serve, sweeping to victories against Tri-Valley League rivals Medfield, Bellingham and Westwood. That propels the Hillers, last year’s state finalists, into the #1 spot.

That doesn’t mean there haven’t been some impressive performances so far.

#2 Dartmouth and #3 Bishop Stang each moved up 10 spots from the preseason. Dartmouth swept to the championship of the Canalmen Classic, while Stang has a pair of shutout victories to start.

Perhaps most overlooked was Cambridge, which opened a lot of eyes with its 4-0 victory against Division 1 Wellesley. The #4 Falcons are one of three teams to enter the poll this week, along with a pair of fellow unbeatens. #5 Bedford scored a big early win against now #9 Dracut/Tyngsboro, while #8 St. John Paul II has outscored its four opponents by a combined 25-4.

Despite a solid tie with Marshfield, Hanover’s surprising loss to Martha’s Vineyard sent the Indians plummeting to #11. Vineyard sits at #10.

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