EMass. HS Boys Division 3 Top 15: Top Teams Make Statements; North Quincy, Hamilton-Wenham Enter Rankings

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

RankTeam*PRWLT
1Hopkinton11200
2Dartmouth21110
3Bedford31012
4Cambridge51013
5Hanover4921
6Holliston8842
7Somerset Berkley61120
8Watertown7742
9Norwell11633
10North QuincyNR553
11Lowell12652
12Silver Lake9771
13Bishop Stang15634
14St. John Paul II101121
15Hamilton-WenhamNR541

The top four teams in this week’s HNIB News Eastern Mass. Division 3 boys hockey rankings all turned in impressive, or thrilling, victories. Or both.

No. 1 Hopkinton continues to roll with a pair of wins, including Saturday’s 6-3 vanquishing of Div. 2 Medfield in which the Hillers poured on five first-period goals and never looked back.

No. 2 Dartmouth made a huge statement win with an 8-0 pounding of Somerset Berkley, capping a week in which the Indians outscored three opponents by a combined 21-1.

Bedford stays at No. 3, and the Buccaneers started their week with a solid victory against a ranked Div. 2 Marblehead.

Cambridge jumps to No. 4 thanks to its last-second victory Wednesday against Newton South. The Falcons swapped spots with new No. 5 Hanover, which had been on a roll until running into a red-hot Whitman-Hanson team Saturday.

The two new entries this week are No. 10 North Quincy and No. 15 Hamilton-Wenham. North Quincy is only .500 overall, but has responded well following the devastating injury to senior Connor Kulig, as the Red Raiders this week tied No. 9 Norwell and also posted a strong 3-0 win against No. 12 Silver Lake.

As for Hamilton-Wenham, the Generals were on the short end Saturday vs. Bedford, but did score a nice win Monday against a previously ranked Swampscott team.

Looking ahead, Cambridge and Bedford square off Wednesday (4:05, Edge Sports Center) in one of two ranked matchups this week. Bedford handed the Falcons their only loss of the season earlier in January.

A bit later Wednesday, North Quincy travels to Hobomock for a 6:10 faceoff with Hanover.

Hopkinton puts its unbeaten season to the test with a pair of matchups with Tri-Valley Div. 2 foes – Dedham (Wednesday, 8:00, NE Sports Center) and Westwood (Saturday, 7:55, Canton Ice House). Dartmouth tries to avenge its lone loss Wednesday when it hosts Bridgewater-Raynham (8:00).

In key games Saturday, No. 11 Lowell meets Boston Latin (3:00, Murphy), and North Quincy takes on Whitman-Hanson (6:15, Rockland).

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