EMass HS Boys Division 3 Top 15: Unbeaten Hopkinton Stays On Top; No. 2 Cambridge, No. 3 Bedford Eye Saturday Showdown

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
1Hopkinton1600
2Cambridge3602
3Bedford4502
4Dartmouth2510
5Swampscott6620
6Martha's Vineyard7511
7Hanover10311
8Holliston13610
9Silver Lake14431
10St. John Paul II5910
11WatertownNR421
12NortheastNR410
13Bishop Stang8224
14Greater New Bedford12421
15North Quincy15341

Hopkinton remains the one constant at the top of this week’s HNIB News Eastern Mass. Division 3 rankings. The Hillers finished off their championship of the Daily News Cup by beating Algonquin, then added a solid Tri-Valley victory against Medway to go to 6-0-0. The next big test comes Wednesday when Hopkinton visits fellow TVL unbeaten Norwood, a top-five Div. 2 opponent.

#2 Cambridge and #3 Bedford each fought to ties against MVC/DCL 2 opponents, but remain clean in the loss column and move up a spot each. Both will have Saturday circled on the calendar, when Cambridge plays host to the first of two meetings this season. But before that, the Falcons must get past Div. 2 Winthrop, and the Buccaneers have a tough home league test against Newton South.

Dartmouth tumbled a couple of spots to #4 off its first setback of the season against Southeast Conference foe Bridgewater-Raynham.

New #5 Swampscott also has a pair of Div. 2 foes on the docket this week, traveling to Gloucester and Brookline.

Neither #6 Martha’s Vineyard nor #7 Hanover have stumbled since the Vineyarders’ head-to-head win back before Christmas. MV has Cape & Islands tests against Dennis-Yarmouth and Nantucket, while the Indians visit Plymouth South before hosting one of this week’s new top-10 entries, Silver Lake. The #9 Lakers’ knocked off previously unbeaten St. John Paul II, which slid into #10. Not to be overlooked, #8 Holliston picked up three wins (one by forfeit), and this week faces TVL rivals Ashland and Bellingham.

A pair of new faces dot the bottom five spots in the rankings, where #11 Watertown and #12 Northeast check in. Watertown beat Rockland, 4-0, after playing to a 2-2 tie a few days earlier. Northeast’s lone win was a nonleague battle against Revere/Malden/Matignon.

Bishop Stang went 0-1-2 this past week and falls to #13. The Spartans step into EAC play against both Bishop Feehan and Coyle & Cassidy. #14 Greater New Bedford fell to Bourne and tied Wareham/Carver to fall off the pace in the South Coast.

North Quincy holds its #15 spot despite dropping below .500 – the Red Raiders went 1-2 vs. Div. 2 opponents Oliver Ames, Scituate and Plymouth South, and the schedule doesn’t get any easier with Scituate (again) and Duxbury on tap this week.

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