EMass Boys Division 3 Top 15
The top seven teams in this week’s HNIB News Eastern Mass. boys hockey rankings have just a combined six losses and have taken care of business for the most part.
No. 1 Hopkinton most certainly made a big impression last week with three victories, including one against previously unbeaten Norwood. The Hillers have a huge showdown against rival Holliston coming up Wednesday.
Dartmouth had just one game last week, handing another previously unbeaten team (Somerset Berkley) its first loss. That’s good for a move up to No. 2 for the Indians, who face Durfee and Coyle & Cassidy this week.
No. 3 Bedford and No. 4 Cambridge both suffered their first losses a week ago, but it is Bedford that holds the slight upper hand this week after winning Saturday’s head-to-head battle, 5-2. The Buccaneers did fall to Newton South, and face a couple of tough tests with Watertown and Dracut/Tyngsboro. Meanwhile, the Falcons will try to regroup against Methuen and Wayland.
No. 5 Hanover has been on a roll since suffering its lone loss, winning four straight. The Indians face Div. 1 Falmouth on Wednesday and then unbeaten Plymouth North on Saturday.
Things probably couldn’t get much tougher for No. 6 Holliston this week with TVL games against Norwood, Hopkinton and Dedham – teams that have a combined single loss.
No. 7 Somerset Berkley suffered its first loss of the season against Dartmouth, and will take on Old Rochester/Fairhaven and Greater New Bedford in South Coast battles this week.
Watertown blanked Essex Tech and O’Bryant to sweep its week, and now faces perhaps its toughest test Wednesday on the road against Bedford. The No. 8 Raiders also host Somerville on Saturday.
No. 9 Silver Lake gave Hanover all it had Saturday before falling late. The Lakers host Whitman-Hanson and Plymouth South in Patriot League games this week.
No. 10 St. John Paul II still has just the single loss to Silver Lake after blanking Cardinal Spellman on Saturday. The Lions don’t play again until Saturday vs. Coyle & Cassidy.
It was not an easy week for No. 11 Swampscott, which fell to a pair of Division 2 opponents in Gloucester and Brookline. The Big Blue return to the Northeastern Conference wars against Saugus and Winthrop.
A trio of newcomers fill the No. 12-14 spots – Norwell, Lowell and Nantucket.
Norwell swept Abington and Middleboro in convincing fashion and will try to hold its spot atop the South Shore this week vs. Cohasset/Hull and East Bridgewater.
Lowell is a tough team to rank with all four of its losses to tough MVC/DCL 2 teams, but never count out the defending Div. 3 North champs. The Raiders, who beat North Andover last week, take on the Scarlet Knights again along with Missisquoi Valley from Vermont.
Nantucket jumps into the rankings after Saturday’s Cape & Islands victory against Martha’s Vineyard, which is down to No. 15. The Whalers face Sandwich and Bishop Stang this week, while the Vineyarders have a single nonleaguer Saturday vs. Bourne.