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Hanover didn’t get a chance to settle its ultimate fate on the TD Garden ice in the state championship game, but the Indians did get to play for a mythical title as the best Division 3 team in Eastern Mass.
With its victory over Lowell in the state semifinals, Hanover was the last Division 3 Eastern Mass. team standing for the 2019-20 season. The Indians were near the top of the rankings from the initial drop of the puck, and put it all together once again in the postseason – earning the spot as the No. 1 team in the final HNIB News EMass D3 Top 15 rankings.
No. 2 Lowell was a tough team to gauge all season. The Red Raiders were defending North champs, but moved up a division in the Merrimack Valley/Dual County. Thus, they had to fight their way through the bracket as the No. 9 seed, but dominated their four wins by a combined 14-1.
Dartmouth was another team that ranked well for much of the season. The Indians shook off a bumpy end of the regular season, reached the South final and pushed Hanover to the brink to earn the No. 3 spot.
It wasn’t an easy debate between MVC/DCL 3 rivals Bedford and Cambridge for the next two spots. Cambridge reached the North final while Bedford lost in the quarters – but both were to Lowell. Bedford did sweep its season series in winning the league title, so the Buccaneers finish No. 5, with the Falcons at No. 6.
No. 7 Bishop Stang pulled off the stunner of the postseason when it beat Hopkinton in the South quarterfinals. The Hillers were one of the dominant teams all season, and it’s tough to grade them down so much with one postseason loss, but they finish No. 8.
The emotional season for North Quincy ended with an overtime loss to Hanover in the first round, but the No. 9 Red Raiders showed their mettle throughout the season.
No. 10 Newton South bowed out to Cambridge in the North quarterfinals.
Silver Lake fell to Hopkinton in a South first-round game, but the No. 12 Lakers had a regular-season win against No. 13 John Paul II, which earned the No. 2 seed in the South but lost to Foxboro in the quarterfinals.
No. 14 Nantucket won the first Cape & Islands Lighthouse title before falling to Bishop Stang in the quarterfinals.
Swampscott, which reached the North semifinals before falling to Lowell, rounds out the rankings at No. 15.