EMass. HS Boys Division 3 Top 15: Dartmouth Takes Top Spot; Hanover, Norwell, Lowell Surging

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

9Bishop Stang13834
10St. John Paul II141321
11Somerset Berkley71230
14Martha's VineyardNR832
15Newton SouthNR781

Hopkinton or Dartmouth? Dartmouth or Hopkinton?

Both teams have stayed at the top of the HNIB News Eastern Mass. Division 3 rankings for most of the season, with Hopkinton enjoying a long stay at No. 1. However, the Hillers finally suffered their first loss of the season Saturday, falling to Westwood, 2-1.

Dartmouth didn’t sail through the last week, battling Bridgewater-Raynham to a tie. The Indians have suffered both blemishes this season vs. B-R, a Div. 1 team. For that, let’s go with Dartmouth this week at No. 1, followed by Hopkinton.

Bedford is an easy choice for No. 3 after a pair of wins, including a season sweep of Cambridge. But Hanover is creeping up on the outside, moving up to No. 4 with Cambridge now at 5.

Norwell and Lowell are charging hard and slot in at 6 and 7, respectively.

The bottom half of this week’s rankings undergoes a big overhaul, with four new teams in the rankings this week: in order, Foxboro, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard and Newton South.

Two teams – Newton South and Martha’s Vineyard – have a pair of matchups against fellow ranked teams this week. Newton South hosts Lowell on Wednesday (7, Ryan) and Bedford on Saturday (2:15), while Vineyard welcomes No. 9 Bishop Stang on Friday (4:30), then goes island hopping to visit Nantucket on Saturday (5:15).

Hopkinton also faces a tough challenge at home Saturday vs. Norwood (1, NE Sports Center), and Lowell also treks to Lincoln-Sudbury on Monday (8, NESC).

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