Final Massachusetts Division 2 Boys Top 15: Canton Gets Slight Nod At No. 1 Over Co-State Champ Lincoln-Sudbury

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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Massachusetts Boys D2 Top 15

RankTeam*PRWLT
1Canton22113
2Lincoln-Sudbury12032
3North Andover41456
4Tewksbury51553
5Triton81752
6Masconomet31841
7Whitman-Hanson71761
8Medfield101264
9Bishop FeehanNR1392
10Plymouth North61552
11Boston Latin131273
12Medway141445
13WilmingtonNR1093
14Marblehead111444
15GloucesterNR1363

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.

North Andover was one of those teams that pushed L-S to the brink, in the Division 2 North semifinals, and the Scarlet Knights finish No. 3.

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.

No. 10 Plymouth North was an upset overtime loser to Feehan in the first round, as the Blue Eagles couldn’t build on a No. 2 seed and historic Patriot League Keenan championship.

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.

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