EMass Boys Division 3 Top 15
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.