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EMass. D-3 Poll: Watertown rules; Newton South jumps in

Eastern Massachusetts Division 3 Boys Poll

RankTeamWLT
1Watertown1214
2Newton South1051
3Norwell1033
4Cohasset1250
5Wayland1051
6Shawsheen960
7Ashland951
8Northeast1151
9Lynn1250
10Cape Tech/Cape Cod Academy1231

*Updated 2/10/14

 

The pretenders have left the building. We’re heading into the final two weeks of the regular season of high school hockey and the ink on the flashy early-season headlines for many teams is dry.

 

Remaining at the top of the Hockey Night in Boston Massachusetts Eastern Mass. Division 3 boys poll for another week is Watertown, the Middlesex League Freedom division leader heading into the final two weeks of play.

 

The Red Raiders haven’t lost since Dec. 18 and have some Division 1 giants with which to contend in the final stretch of the season – Wilmington (Feb. 12, John Ryan Skating Arena in Watertown 6 p.m.), Melrose (Feb. 15, Ryan Arena, 11:30 a.m.) and Burlington (Feb. 17, Burlington Ice Palace, 2 p.m.). Five points separate each of those four teams as they face each other down the stretch.

 

Making a big-time debut in our poll at No. 2 is Newton South, which is 10-5-1. Since starting 0-4, Newton South has been on a tear, going on a 12-game unbeaten streak. Seven of those games were wins against former or current HNIB EMass. D-3 poll occupants

 

Norwell remains strong at No. 3. Strong as in they haven’t lost since Dec. 27 – 5-3 to Scituate. They are 10-0-3 since that game, having lost three straight to open the season. They blanked Rockland, 4-0, at the Bog in Kingston Feb. 8

 

Cohasset has popped in and out of our poll this season, but they deserve a spot this week at No. 4 despite a 5-2 loss to Norwell Feb. 1. They tipped Abington, 7-6, Feb. 8 and are 5-1-0 in their last six

 

Wayland completes our top five this week. They are 3-0-1 in their last four and beat a tough Bedford squad, 3-2, at New England Sports Center in Marlboro Feb. 8.

 

One of the teams Wayland beat recently was Shawsheen, but the Rams have been red hot since then by winning five straight. They’ve outscored their foes, 26-5.

 

Ashland is a strong 9-5-1 and has won four of its last five. They nipped Dover-Sherborn, 3-2, Feb. 8 at Loring Arena in Framingham.

 

Northeast, Lynn and Cape Tech/Cape Cod Academy round out the bottom three of our poll this week. Each of them had losses this week, but they are among the few teams in Division 3 that have at least 10 wins.

 

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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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