Massachusetts Boys D2 Top 15
The coronavirus outbreak and subsequent cancellation of the MIAA state championships created a unique situation of co-champions in Massachusetts boys’ hockey, including Canton and Lincoln-Sudbury in Division 2.
But HNIB News is going to split the hair-thin difference between the teams. Based on its dominance for the large majority of the season, Canton will end the season as the No. 1 team for the second time in as many years. The Bulldogs rolled to the Division 2 South title, outscoring its four playoff foes by a combined 20-3 margin.
No, we didn’t forget Lincoln-Sudbury handed Canton its only loss of the season back on Feb. 12. Like everyone else, we would have loved to see the rematch so the teams could settle it once and for all on the ice at the Garden. Yes, the Warriors were dominant in their Division 2 North championship win, but they also got pushed to overtime in their previous two games and needed to wipe out a two-goal deficit in the final five minutes to get out of the quarterfinals. Championship mettle, for sure. But in this case, Canton gets the slightest of nods for its overall season run.
Tewksbury dropped a tough 3-2 decision to North Andover in the North quarterfinals, putting the Redmen at No. 4.
Triton’s run through the bracket hit a big bump against Lincoln-Sudbury in the North title game at Tsongas Center, but the No. 5 Vikings had a strong overall postseason showing.
One of those wins was against Cape Ann rival Masconomet, as the top seed in the North fell in overtime in the semifinals to finish at No. 6.
No. 7 Whitman-Hanson was one of the teams that couldn’t slow Canton in the South, falling in the semifinals.
Ditto for No. 8 Medfield, which had the misfortune of drawing the champions in the South quarterfinals.
On the flip side, Bishop Feehan made a great run to the South final out of the 15th seed, as the Shamrocks rocket back into the final rankings at No. 9.
Boston Latin was edged out by Masconomet in the North quarterfinals, putting the Wolfpack at No. 11.
No. 12 Medway fell a game short of the South title game, dropping a one-goal decision to Bishop Feehan in the semifinals.
No. 13 Wilmington slipped past No. 14 Marblehead in a preliminary round game, before the Wildcats fell to Triton in the quarterfinals.
No. 15 Gloucester nearly knocked off Lincoln-Sudbury in the quarterfinals before falling in overtime.