Massachusetts Division 2 Poll
It is status quo at the top of the latest HNIB News Massachusetts Boys Division II poll, with the top four spots remaining intact.
#1 Tewksbury (8-1-0) continues to play solid hockey, a good week was highlighted by wins over Lincoln-Sudbury (4-1) and Methuen (8-1). Ryan Petti had a hat trick against Methuen. Two of the Redmen’s three games this week are against D-1 clubs, so that will present a challenge.
Tewksbury takes on Acton-Boxboro on Monday and Billerica on Saturday. In between, the Redmen get league rival Haverhill (Wednesday).
#2 Westwood (8-0-1) saw its quest for a perfect season ended Saturday in a 2-2 tie with TVL foe Medway. The Wolverines also knocked off Holliston (4-1). Next up, though, is a showdown with #3 Medfield on Wednesday (6:30pm, Canton). Westwood will also see Hopkinton this week on Saturday.
Before they take on Westwood, the Warriors (8-1-0) will do battle Monday with Bishop Feehan. They also have Holliston on the docket on Friday. In its only action this week, Medfield slipped past pesky Dover-Sherborn, 4-3.
#4 Lincoln-Sudbury (7-3-0) lost its first of two battles with Tewksbury this week, and things won’t get any easier for these Warriors. First up, a MLK Day game with D1 power Central Catholic, and then a non-league tussle with Canton on Wednesday. Concord-Carlisle is Saturday’s opponent.
Up a spot is #5 Winthrop (8-2-1), which had wins this week over Danvers (2-1) and Peabody (3-0). Coach Dale Dunbar’s defense-first hockey is in full form. The Vikings are off until Saturday, when they get improving Marblehead.
#6 Masconomet (6-2-1) has won four straight, including a nice, 2-1, win over Triton Saturday behind two-goal performance of Michael Castro. The Chieftains also don’t play again until Saturday, when they face off with Pentucket.
As expected, #7 Canton (6-3-0) has turned in on after a slow start, with big shutout wins this week over Stoughton (6-0) and Foxboro (11-0). A win Wednesday over Lincoln-Sudbury would be another huge step for coach Brian Shuman and his troops, as would a win Monday in another key non-league battle with Newburyport. The Bulldogs will see Oliver Ames on Saturday.
Here comes Plymouth South (8-0-2). The #8 Panthers had a big win Saturday, knocking off D1 foe Duxbury, 4-3, to remain unbeaten. PS also knocked off Scituate, 5-1. A rematch with the Sailors looms on Friday.
#9 Coyle Cassidy (8-2-0) dropped a few spots. The Warriors were able to rebound from a loss to Bishop Feehan in the Braga Cup with a nice 7-2 decision of Somerset-Berkley on Saturday. Rival Martha’s Vineyard is on top for Wednesday, followed by a non-leaguer with St. Mary’s on Saturday.
North Reading (7-3-0) holds serve at #10. The Hornets dispatched Lynnfield (6-3) and Pentucket (7-0) in Cape Ann League play this week and have been getting goals from a variety of sources. A non-league game with Beverly awaits on Wednesday, followed by Amesbury on Saturday.
Its 2-2 tie with Westwood, on the heels of an 8-0 rout of Bellingham, shows that #11 Medway (6-4-1) may be ready to make a nice run. The Mustangs, led offensively by Cam Fisher and Mike Boldy, will take on Holliston (Monday) and Pembroke (Friday) this week.
The Northeast Conference’s Danvers (6-4-1) and Marblehead (6-3-1) are at #12 and #13 respectively this week. The teams played to a 1-1 standoff on Saturday. The Falcons also dropped a one-goal decision to Winthrop.
This week, Danvers has Methuen (Monday), Stoneham (Wednesday) and Beverly (Saturday) to deal with, while Marblehead gets WMass foe Agawam (Monday), Swampscott (Wednesday) and Winthrop (Saturday).
#14 Boston Latin (5-3-0) rebounded from a mid-week loss to Concord-Carlisle with a 4-2 win over Haverhill on Saturday. They play D1 opponent Westford Academy on Monday.
North Attleboro (6-3-0) reappears in the poll at #15. The Red Rocketeers also have a three-game week with Mansfield (Monday), Franklin (Wednesday) and King Philip (Saturday) on the docket.