EMass. HS Boys Division 3 Top 15: Hopkinton Back At No. 1; Hanover, Norwell May Meet In Gould Tournament

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

6Bishop Stang81054
7Somerset Berkley101630
8North Quincy15983
11St. John Paul II91622
15Newton South111081
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It didn’t take long for Hopkinton to return to the No. 1 spot in the HNIB News Eastern Mass. Division 3 boys hockey rankings. The lone loss to Westwood is in the rear view mirror as the Hillers appear to be throttling up for the postseason, notching four wins this past week including takedowns of Plymouth North and Martha’s Vineyard to win the annual Fairleigh Dickinson Tournament on the island.

But if the Hillers do peek back, they’re likely to see No. 2 Hanover and No. 3 Norwell keeping pace as potential big hurdles in the upcoming Division 3 South tournament. Hanover continued its impressive run by beating Division 1 Duxbury, while the Clippers also remain hot.

Bedford is up to No. 4 despite a loss to Div. 1 Medford, while No. 5 Cambridge was idle.

One of the big movers was No. 6 Bishop Stang, which split action in its Spartan Cup, losing a tough battle Saturday to defending state champ Wachusett. New No. 8 North Quincy also trekked to New Bedford for the tournament and lost its opener to Wachusett, but both teams scored wins over Dartmouth, which took a big tumble from last week’s top spot down to No. 9.

Watertown and Lowell, which have been in and out of the rankings this week, are back this week at Nos. 13 and 14, respectively.

Hanover and Norwell have a potential meeting Wednesday in the annual Gould Memorial Tournament at Hobomock. The Indians open Monday vs. Scituate while Norwell takes on Pembroke. The Clippers also close the week with a game against Nantucket just before Thursday’s cutoff.

Cambridge and host North Quincy will have an interesting matchup Wednesday night, while Bishop Stang hosts No. 11 John Paul II on Tuesday.

No. 12 Foxboro takes part in the Dan Jordan Cup at Canton, facing East Bridgewater on Monday and then either Abington or Blue Hills. Lowell is in the Newburyport Bank Classic with games against Triton and Methuen.

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