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EMass. D3 Boys Top 10: #1 Hanover closing in on unbeaten regular season

EMass Division 3 Top 10 Poll

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No. 1 Hanover is four games away from an unbeaten regular season and remains comfortably atop the HNIB EMass. D3 Boys Top 10 rankings.

The Indians continued their insane pace with two more wins — 4-0 over Plymouth South and 8-2 over Pembroke. Hanover has now won 14 straight entering this week and has outscored foes, 79-26. Senior captain Zach Taylor continues to light it up with 39 points (20-19).

No. 2 Rockland held serve as well. The Bulldogs came up with a clutch 1-0 win over Norwell in a battle for the South Shore League crown. The Bulldogs could very easily put up 100 goals this year (84 with five to go). Five Bulldogs have at least 20 points led by senior captain Mike Flaherty at 16-25-41. 

No. 3 Hopkinton surged ahead a couple of spots this week. The Hillers handled Norton, 5-1, then took care of business in a huge Tri-Valley League matchup with Holliston, last week’s No. 4.

No. 4 Bourne just keeps winning down the Cape. The Canalmen put up eight-spots in each of their victories in this past week: 8-2 over Wareham/Carver and 8-2 over Sandwich. They have 95 goals. And don’t give us that “weak schedule” argument without considering this: Bourne has two significant ties – one with the 2017 Division 3 State Champions Old Rochester/Fairhaven (yes, it did also lose to ORR, 6-2) and another with Rockland.

No. 5 Lowell split its home-and-home with Newton South in Merrimack Valley/Dual County Three battles. Newton South won in Watertown, 3-2, and Lowell came back three days later in Lowell and topped the Lions, 5-4.No. 6 Coyle & Cassidy is beginning to heat up. The Warriors topped Martha’s Vineyard, 5-0, and Taunton, 5-1.

No. 7 Holliston had a tough week. It was shut out by solid D2 team Westwood, 2-0, and by league rival Hopkinton, 3-0, in a huge Tri-Valley League matchup.

No. 8 Norwell showed some spark but couldn’t break down Rockland in a 1-0 loss. The team had beaten Cohasset, 3-0, before that.

No. 9 Cambridge extended its unbeaten streak to four with a tie (2-2, Bedford) and a win (7-3, Dracut/Tyngsboro).

No. 10 Shawsheen has won nine of 10 games and jumps into our poll this week. The Rams beat Essex Tech, 4-2, and Nashoba Valley Tech, 3-1, this past week.

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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