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Mass. Boys D2 Poll: Contenders face off this week in vacation week tournaments

Massachusetts Boys Division 2 Poll

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Marblehead11801
2Medfield31313
3Medway41133
4Canton51322
5Bishop Feehan61212
6Boston Latin71122
7Tewksbury21242
8Coyle Cassidy81241
9North Reading91033
10Peabody111044
11Lincoln-Sudbury121161
12Westwood13943
13Pembroke10834
14Stoneham151162
15North Attleboro14843

It’s February vacation week, which usually means a lot of action. And this year is no exception. Throw in some tournaments and it should be an exciting week ahead in Mass. Division 2.

Top-ranked Marblehead (18-0-1) keeps on rolling. The Headers posted wins over East Longmeadow (6-4) and Swampscott (6-2) and are closing in on 100 goals for the season. They play Pentucket Monday in the first round of the Newburyport Bank Classic. They will see either Lynn or Rockport on Wednesday.

Medfield (13-1-3) climbs up to #2. The Warriors tied Westwood 1-1 and Sunday knocked off Smithfield (RI), 7-1. They begin play in the Joe Quinn Memorial Tournament on Tuesday against surging Boston Latin, then get either Canton or Coyle Cassidy in the next round Thursday.

HNIB-Ad-for-MassHShockey_2016Also up a spot to #3 is Medway (11-3-3). The Mustangs beat Hopkinton Saturday (3-2). Monday they will face D1 Bridgewater-Raynham at the South of Boston Shootout, and either Lincoln-Sudbury or Mansfield Wednesday. They close out their regular season Saturday against Holliston.

#4 Canton (13-2-2) returned after a brief layoff with a 6-1 win over Oliver Ames. They have the interesting matchup with Coyle Cassidy Tuesday the Quinn Tournament, and then either Medfield or Boston Latin Thursday.

#5 Bishop Feehan (12-1-2) wrapped up the EAC title with a 4-1 win over Somerset/Berkley and followed that up with a win over Stoughton (5-1). The Shamrocks have a three-game week with King Philip (Monday), Durfee (Wednesday) and Glastonbury, CT (Saturday).

An impressive 4-0 win over previously second-ranked Tewksbury highlighted the week for #6 Boston Latin (11-2-2), which ended with an 8-3 win over Concord-Carlisle that saw senior Jimmy O’Leary hit the 100-career point plateau. The Wolfpack, who now control their own destiny with regards to the MVC/Dual County II title, play Haverhill Monday prior to participating in the Joe Quinn Memorial Tournament.

Tewksbury (12-4-2) fell to #7 after the loss to Boston Latin and a 1-1 tie with Lincoln-Sudbury. The Redmen close out their league schedule Monday against Methuen.

#8 Coyle Cassidy (12-4-1) played well this past week in a pair of losses to D1 powers Hingham (3-2) and St. Mary’s (2-0), The Warriors look to make some noise in the Quinn Tournament this week.

#9 North Reading (10-3-3) blanked Lynnfield (3-0) in its only game of the week. The Hornets will look for a title this week at the Jeff Hayes Memorial Tournament, playing Oliver Ames Monday and then either Sandwich or Lowell Catholic Tuesday. They play Saugus this coming Saturday.

#10 Peabody (10-4-4) played Gloucester to a 4-4 standoff, and then edged past Lynn (2-0). The Tanners play Bishop Fenwick Monday in the Carlin Cup and finish their regular season Wednesday against Concord-Carlisle.

#11 Lincoln-Sudbury (11-6-1) earned a win over Methuen (3-0) and that tie with Tewksbury (1-1). The Warriors play Mansfield Monday at the South of Boston Shootout and either Medway or Bridgewater-Raynham Wednesday.

A 1-1 tie with Medfield and a Farleigh Dickinson Tournament championship (shutout wins over Weston, 5-0, and Lynnfield, 4-0) were the highlights for #12 Westwood (9-4-3). The Wolverines look to continue their solid play against Bellingham (Wednesday) and Bourne (Saturday).

Pembroke (8-3-4) drops a bit to #13. The Titans fell To Scituate (3-1) but bounced back to tie D1 Bridgewater-Raynham (4-4) Saturday. They take on D3 heavy Norwell Monday in the first round of the Gould Memorial Tournament and could see either Scituate or Silver Lake on Wednesday. Plymouth South will be Sunday’s opponent.

Stoneham (11-6-2) moves up a peg to #14 after wins over Wilmington  (1-0) and Melrose (4-2). One regular season game remains, and that is Friday against CMass power Groton-Dunstable.

#15 North Attleboro (8-4-3) was idle and returns to action Wednesday against Stoughton. The Red Rocketeers play King Philip on Saturday.

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Gary Demopoulos
Gary Demopoulos has been covering prep school hockey for the HNIB News for over 30 years, and has been the editor of the HNIB News since 2005. A former sportswriter and news editor at the Woburn (MA) Daily Times Chronicle, he has been the HNIB News' key reporter for Mens Prep School hockey since 1988, as well as womens hockey, both at the prep school and high school levels. for almost 20 years. Gary also helps organize and oversee HNIB's many summer tournaments and festivals for scholastic players.
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