Mass. Boys HS: EMass. D3 Top 15 – High Fives As Hopkinton, Dartmouth, John Paul II Continue Perfect Starts

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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EMass Boys Division 3 Top 15

RankTeam*PRWLT
1Hopkinton1500
2Dartmouth2500
3Cambridge4501
4Bedford5401
5St. John Paul II8700
6Swampscott6420
7Martha's Vineyard10511
8Bishop Stang3212
9Dracut/Tyngsboro9210
10Hanover11111
11Norwell12111
12Greater New Bedford14410
13HollistonNR310
14Silver LakeNR321
15North QuincyNR221

Five teams remain unbeaten in Eastern Mass. Division 3 hockey, and all five can be found atop the latest HNIB News rankings less than three weeks into the season.

Hopkinton continues to roll following its trip to the state final a season ago. The Hillers rolled past Hudson in Saturday’s opening round in the Daily News Cup to maintain the #1 spot for the second week.

#2 Dartmouth also had a big week by capturing the Dartmouth Christmas Tournament, which included a win against then-#3 Bishop Stang.

That opened the doors for #3 Cambridge and #4 Bedford each to move up a spot. Cambridge won the First Responders Cup, and Bedford grabbed a pair of wins including a solid 3-0 decision against #6 Swampscott.

St. John Paul II is one of the big movers, jumping three spots to #5, or one rung on the ladder for each game the Lions won in the past week. At 7-0-0, they also have the best record of any team in the state so far.

Martha’s Vineyard also made a three-spot jump to #7 thanks to its sweep of the Heuchling & Swift Memorial Classic at the University of New Hampshire.

Three teams — #9 Dracut/Tyngsboro, #10 Hanover and #11 Norwell – took the vacation week literally and didn’t play at all last week.

#13 Holliston won the St. Joseph Prep Christmas Classic and enters the rankings for the first time, as does #14 Silver Lake. North Quincy, winner of the Quincy Youth Christmas Tournament, re-enters this week at #15.

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