EMass Div. 3 Boys Poll: Red-hot Norwell states its case

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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Eastern Massachusetts Division 3 Boys Poll

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* Updated 2/16/14


You know what we’d really like to see? Watertown and Norwell face off against one another.


Yes, we know. That can only happen if the teams meet in the Eastern Mass. Division 3 championship. Watertown is in the North. Norwell in the South.


Fact is, these teams are making it awfully hard for us to decide the No. 1 this week.


Even though Watertown dropped its first game since December this past week – 4-0 to Wilmington – we’re keeping the Red Raiders at No. 1. It was, after all, a loss to the defending Division 2 champions.


Watertown went on to tie Melrose and still leads the Middlesex League Freedom Division heading into the final week of regular-season play. A win over Burlington Monday, Feb. 17, at the Burlington Ice Palace locks up the crown for the Red Raiders for the first time in recent memory. A tie would secure at least a co-championship.


Meanwhile, there’s no hotter team in the South than Norwell. They haven’t lost since Dec. 28 – 6-4 to Shrewsbury. They are 10-0-3 since then, and in their last five games have outscored foes, 31-5. Included in those wins were a 5-2 decision over Cohasset and a 4-0 triumph over Rockland.


Cohasset climbs to No. 3 this week. Led by Terence Doonan (24 goals, 18 assists), Cole Joslin (12-20), Colin Whalen (9-18) and Jeff Powers (13-7), the team looked strong in a 7-6 win over Abington.


Newton South, also one of the hottest teams in Eastern Mass., dropped its first since Jan. 8 when it was nipped by Bedford, 2-1, in Watertown on Valentine’s Day. That was a huge Merrimack Valley/Dual County Division 3 matchup, which is a fight to the finish between those two teams and Wayland.


HNIB-ad-for-HNIBnewsAshland sneaks into the top five this week at No. 5. They’ve been smoking hot since Jan. 20, when they beat Assabet, 6-0. Including that win, they won seven out of eight, their only setback a 6-1 decision to Division 2 Medway.


Wayland, leading that competitive Merrimack Valley/Dual County League Division 3 heading into the final week of regular-season play, had a big 3-2 win over Bedford Feb. 8 and 2-2 tie with Dracut Feb. 12. They are on a five-game unbeaten streak.


Northeast Regional and Lynn have been jostling with one another in our poll all season. This week, they go for No. 7 and No. 8, respectively.


Northeast is single-handedly responsible for booting Shawsheen out of the poll this week via its 5-4 win over the Rams in Malden Feb. 12. They then beat Minuteman, 11-1. The win over Shawsheen locked up the Commonwealth Athletic Conference league crown.


Lynn has won two out of three heading into its season finale against Bedford at Connery Rink in Lynn Feb. 19. Lynn easily won the Northeastern Conference South crown.


Bourne and Bedford jump into the poll this week at No. 9 and No. 10, respectively. Bourne was won three straight down on the Cape, and Bedford certainly proved its worth with that 2-1 win over Newton South.


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