EMass Boys Division 3 Top 10
And that’s that. We’ve come to the end of the regular season. Tourney time. Those who will rise to the top are those that will find themselves playing deep into March. With that, here is the HNIB News final regular season EMass D3 Top 10.
Hanover finishes at #1, a place it occupied every week except Week 1, when Lowell topped our poll. But the Indians took over from there. They finished with only two losses, and one of those came to unbeaten, Division 2 Canton (North Quincy was the other).
Despite a loss, we’re going to leave Coyle & Cassidy at #2. Why? That loss – albeit a tough one at 6-1 – was to Canton in the Joe Quinn Memorial Tournament in Raynham. The Warriors beat Medfield, 4-2, in the first round. Not a bad finish for Coyle: 6-1-1, including a win over last year’s Division 3 champ, Shrewsbury, which is now in Division 1.
Props to #3 Newton South for finishing strong with two victories – 4-1 over Watertown and 5-2 over Sandwich. The team finished unbeaten in its final seven.
Norwell is at #4. The Clippers are looking like the Clippers circa 2016 when they won 22 games and lost in the South finals to Hanover. They finished this season with wins over Pembroke and Dennis-Yarmouth. The Feb. 18 4-0 loss to Scituate snapped a 13-game unbeaten streak.
North Quincy is #5 after finishing with four wins in its last five, including a 4-0 shutout of Cambridge and a 6-1 drubbing of Norton this past week.
None of the bottom-half teams from last week’s poll were too impressive. We’re giving Lowell the bump to #6 after its 6-2 win over Lynn in the Newburyport Bank Ice Hockey Classic. Lowell did fall in the Classic final with a 7-1 setback to Division 2 tourney-bound Triton.
Don’t go too far, #7 Bourne. We know the Canalmen finished on a sour note – a 3-0 loss to Westwood – but that’s a team that lost one game in a Division 2 schedule this season.
Speaking of not going too far, Lynn still deserves its spot in the top 10 of the regular season. The #8 Jets finished with a 4-1 win over Methuen after its defeat to Lowell. Lynn ended up finishing with one loss in its final nine games.
#9 Ashland did not play this week. #10 Bishop Stang finished the season with a 5-1 win over John Paul II. It had lost three out of four entering that final contest.