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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.