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

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

5North Quincy81083
7Bishop Stang61055
12Somerset Berkley71640
13St. John Paul II111723
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.

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