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Mass Boys HS: Final Regular-Season EMass Division 3 Top 15: No. 1 Hopkinton Leads Loaded South; No. 2 Bedford Tops In North

EMass Boys Division 3 Top 15

RankTeam*PRWLT
1Hopkinton11910
2Norwell31633
3Bedford41532
4Hanover21631
5North Quincy81083
6Cambridge51334
7Bishop Stang61055
8Lowell14974
9Dartmouth91631
10Holliston101082
11Foxboro121045
12Somerset Berkley71640
13St. John Paul II111723
14Watertown131262
15Newton South151181
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Hopkinton will begin its road to return to the Garden as the No. 1 seed in Division 3 South, and the No. 1 team in the Hockey Night Eastern Mass. Division 3 rankings to close the regular season.

The Hillers closed out the season with a 19-1-0 mark, tied for the best in Massachusetts among boys teams, before embarking on a quest to repeat as Div. 3 South champs.

But it won’t be easy. Three of this week’s top five teams lurk in the same corner of the South bracket, including a matchup between No. 4 Hanover (3 seed) and No. 5 North Quincy, perhaps one of the most dangerous 14 seeds in recent memory. Whichever team wins that one likely would face No. 2-ranked Norwell, which is the No. 6 seed in the bracket.

Second-ranked Bedford is at the top of the Div. 3 North bracket, followed closely by MVC/DCL 3 rival and sixth-ranked Cambridge. Defending champion Lowell, ranked No. 8 this week, also lurks as a tough low seed (9) after battling through the tough MVC/DCL 2.

Jim Clark

Jim Clark

Jim Clark has covered Massachusetts high school hockey for three decades, and joins Hockey Night in Boston for the 2019-20 season. Previously he was the lead high school hockey writer for 19 years for the Boston Herald, where he also worked full-time on the copy desk in the sports department and served as the paper's 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 and reporter for the Sentinel & Enterprise in Fitchburg, Mass.
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