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EMass. D3 Top 10: #1 Hanover, #3 Hopkinton both post a pair of shutouts

EMass Division 3 Top 10 Poll

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Hanover11801
2Rockland21623
3Hopkinton31621
4Lowell41432
5Cambridge91351
6Coyle & Cassidy5854
7Bourne71332
8Holliston61262
9LynnNR1044
10John Paul IINR1540

No. 1 Hanover remains an easy pick. The Indians beat Scituate, 3-0, and Norwell, 5-0, and finish up the regular season Wednesday against Cohasset in Rockland. The Indians have allowed two goals in their last five games, four of which have been shutouts.

No. 2 Rockland suffered just its second loss of the season and first since Dec. 13, but we’re not going to penalize the Bulldogs for their hard-fought, 5-4 defeat to tough D2 Plymouth South in the first round of the Spartan Cup in New Bedford. Rockland bounced back nicely with a 5-0 win over Bishop Stang.

Speaking of Shutout Central, No. 3 Hopkinton picked up its fourth and fifth shutouts in a row with wins over Medway (2-0) and Westboro (7-0). They’ve allowed 23 goals this whole season.

Also in the no-shame-to-lose-to-an-upper-division-team department, No. 4 Lowell fell to Lowell Catholic, 6-2. Lowell Catholic is the defending D2 state champ and is solid at 10-6-1 this season. Lowell came back to upend Bedford, 7-2, and finishes up in a big one against Cambridge on the road Tuesday.

No. 5 Cambridge played up divisions this past week and split. It lost to D1 Walpole, 5-2, and beat D2 Somerville, 3-2.

No. 6 Coyle & Cassidy fell to defending D3 State Champ Shrewsbury, 9-2. That loss represents a harsh reminder that at the end of the EMass. tourney scrum, a juggernaut could be awaiting in March on the TD Garden ice.

No. 7 Bourne really has impressed this season with some particular efforts, but could the Canalmen be struggling down the stretch? Newton South blanked Bourne, 5-0, this past week, a week after Greater New Bedford beat the Canalmen, 7-1. Bourne bounced back nicely after the Newton South loss by beating Martha’s Vineyard, 2-1.

No. 8 Holliston had a bit of an off week with no wins. Dover-Sherborn beat the Panthers, 4-3, and the Panthers went on to tie Medfield, 2-2, and bow to Northbridge, 7-4.

Two new entrants close out the poll this week.

No. 9 Lynn has not lost in its last eight games. Its last loss was Jan. 13 to Somerville, 5-4. Lynn beat Latin Academy, 6-4, and tied Dracut/Tyngsboro, 3-3, this past week.

No. 10 John Paul II of Hyannis picked up its 15th win with a 10-1 clubbing of O’Bryant.

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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