EMass Boys Division 3 Top 15Sponsored by Laura Stamm
The top five teams in the HNIB News Eastern Mass. Division 3 boys hockey rankings went mostly unscathed last week, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t a minor shuffle.
Things are status quo at the top, where No. 1 Hopkinton extended its win streak to 10 by slipping past Holliston and also qualified for the tournament. The Hillers have just one game this week, but it will be a good Tri-Valley test against Medfield.
No. 2 Dartmouth outscored Durfee and Coyle & Cassidy by a combined 20-2 last week, and the Indians will try to stay hot against Cranston West (R.I.), Rockland and Somerset Berkley.
Bedford took care of Watertown in its lone game last week. The No. 3 Buccaneers will face a stiff challenge against Div. 2 Marblehead, and also face Revere/Malden/Matignon and Hamilton-Wenham.
Hanover slides up to the No. 4 spot off a pair of impressive wins against Div. 1 Falmouth and previously unbeaten Div. 2 foe Plymouth North. The Indians take on Bourne, Quincy and Whitman-Hanson this week.
New No. 6 Somerset Berkley took care of Greater New Bedford to qualify for the postseason. Now the Blue Raiders stare down Dartmouth, but first face Apponequet.
Watertown bounced back from the loss to Bedford with a win against Somerville, and jumps to No. 7. The Raiders face Div. 2 Wakefield, as well as Hopedale/Millis this week.
Holliston took its lumps against some stiff competition, falling to Norwood and Hopkinton before rallying for a tie with Dedham. It gets no easier for the No. 8 Panthers, with Div. 2 Tri-Valley foes Medfield and Westwood on the docket.
No. 9 Silver Lake split its action, falling to Whitman-Hanson and beating Plymouth South. The Lakers face a big test Wednesday against Div. 1 Duxbury, as well as matchups with East Bridgewater and North Quincy.
No. 10 St. John Paul II had its lone scheduled action wiped out by Saturday’s storm, but the Lions make up for it this week with three games – Plymouth South, Cohasset/Hull and St. Joseph Prep.
Norwell swept past Cohasset/Hull and East Bridgewater to move up to No. 11. The Clippers have a grind this week with North Quincy, Div. 1 Shrewsbury and Rockland.
No. 12 Lowell tied North Andover and then took care of Missisquoi Valley from Vermont. The Red Raiders get a taste of all three divisions in the MVC/DCL coming up with Chelmsford, Dracut/Tyngsboro and Concord-Carlisle.
Swampscott drops to No. 13 after falling to Winthrop, as well as beating Saugus. The Big Blue also have a busy week with Hamilton-Wenham, Peabody and Lynn.
No. 14 Martha’s Vineyard beat Bourne in its only game last week. Now the Vineyarders take on Mashpee/Monomoy, followed by new No. 15 Bishop Stang. The Spartans knocked Nantucket from the rankings with a 2-0 victory, and face Latin Academy before playing host to the Vineyard.