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Mass. Boys D2 Poll: Feehan the big mover

Massachusetts Boys Division 2 Poll

6Bishop Feehan9812
7North Reading4823
9Coyle Cassidy51021
10Boston Latin8722
14North Attleboro15733

Spending its first week in the #1 spot in the HNIB News Mass. Boys D2 Top 15 poll apparently suits Marblehead just fine. After ascending to the top, the Headers (14-0-1) this week took care of Winthrop, Beverly and Peabody by a combined score of 13-1. Junior forward Braden Haley scored his 100th career point as well.

So, it is safe to say that Marblehead will remain in the top spot this week. Looking ahead, the Headers will see unbeaten D3 power Lynn on Wednesday and Saugus Saturday.

#2 Tewksbury (10-3-1) played just once, and it was a 3-1 loss to D1 Billerica. The Redmen get back into the swing of things with league games this week against North Andover (Wednesday) and Concord-Carlisle (Saturday).

After a long layoff, #3 Medfield (12-1-1) returned to action Saturday and snuck past Dover-Sherborn (1-0). The Warriors have a huge game Wednesday with TVL rival and #4 Medway (9-3-2). The Mustangs blanked Ashland (8-0) and then registered an impressive 4-1 win over Pembroke. Medway will play Dover-Sherborn on Saturday.

Justin Slocum Canton

Justin Slocum

#5 Canton (10-2-2) was also off for the week, returning Saturday to play D1 Franklin to a 0-0 standoff behind the solid play of senior goaltender Justin Slocum. The Bulldogs take on Attleboro (Monday) and then a key tilt with North Attleboro (Saturday).

The biggest mover of the week is #6 Bishop Feehan (8-1-2), as the Shamrocks beat EAC rival Coyle Cassidy for the second time this season, a 2-1 win Saturday. Feehan also edged Martha’s Vineyard by the same 2-1 score. A rescheduled game with Somerset/Berkley looms Monday, and then a return date with Bishop Stang, who gave the Shamrocks their only loss, on Wednesday.

#7 North Reading (8-2-3) has now gone three games without a win, which drops the Hornets down in the poll. They fell to North Andover (4-2) and then were tied by Triton (2-2).  D1 Newburyport is Wednesday’s opponent, while NR will see Pentucket Saturday.

Solid wins over Boston Latin (6-3) and Haverhill (4-1) bring #8 Lincoln-Sudbury (10-4-0) to the 10-win plateau. The Warriors have Boston Latin again Wednesday in a key tilt, and will tackle North Andover on Friday.

HNIB-Ad-for-MassHShockey_2016#9 Coyle Cassidy (10-2-1) did take care of Bishop Stang (7-2) prior to the Feehan loss. The Warriors are scheduled to play Somerset/Berkley (Monday) and Martha’s Vineyard (Saturday).

#10 Boston Latin (7-2-2) would like nothing more than to avenge the loss to Lincoln-Sudbury when the teams meet again Wednesday. The Wolfpack, who took care of North Andover 6-0 on Sunday, will play Methuen Saturday.

#11 Peabody (8-4-2) drops a bit after the 4-0 loss to Marblehead. The Tanners did beat Danvers (3-0). Revere (Wednesday) and Beverly (Saturday) are this week’s opponents as the Tanners look to officially qualify for the post-season.

A 5-1 win over North Quincy was how #12 Pembroke (8-2-3) responded from the loss to Medway. The Titans are idle until a Friday date with Plymouth South.

Keep an eye on #13 Westwood (6-4-2). The Wolverines had two big wins over Bellingham (7-0) and Holliston (4-1) and will look to Ashland this coming Saturday.

#14 North Attleboro (7-3-3) beat Mansfield (3-1) and then picked up a crucial 6-4 win over Oliver Ames Saturday. They tangle with Foxboro (Wednesday) before taking on Canton (Saturday).

New to the poll this week is #15 Stoneham (8-5-2). The Spartans knocked off D1 Arlington (4-3) and followed that up with a 6-1 win over Wakefield. Watertown is Wednesday’s foe, followed by another D1 power in Burlington Saturday.

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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