Massachusetts Boys D2 Top 10
It’s been more than a month since the official allowing starting date of high school hockey practices, and it’s been a mixed bag for teams in Eastern Mass. being able to get on the ice. Some have played a handful of games, while others still are waiting for their first official drop of the puck during the pandemic-affected 2020-21 season.
With that, there hasn’t been much movement in the latest HNIB News Massachusetts Division 2 rankings. Nine of the 10 teams remain from our early season rankings, with the top three spots unchanged.
Lincoln-Sudbury continues to hold the No. 1 spot. The Warriors have rolled to sweeps of a pair of Dual County League foes – Wayland and Cambridge – and are unbeaten in their last 16 games dating back to last January.
Medway holds the No. 2 spot after cruising past Tri-Valley Small foe Bellingham in a pair of wins by a combined margin of 17-1.
Tewksbury got a late start to its season, but finally got on the board with Saturday’s 3-1 win over North Andover in the Merrimack Valley Conference. With that, the Redmen stay at No. 3.
The movement this week begins at the No. 4 spot, where Canton bumps up one following a pair of Hockomock wins over Attleboro and Mansfield. Last year’s other D2 champ has won eight in a row, and is unbeaten in its last nine dating back to last year’s regular-season defeat to Lincoln-Sudbury.
The climb up the ladder continues with No. 5 Triton, which has swept through Cape Ann opponents North Reading, Lynnfield and Pentucket so far. The first of three scheduled meetings with Newburyport looms Monday.
No. 6 Marblehead jumps up one despite still having not played a game. The Headers were slated to open Sunday before the game vs. Danvers was postponed at the last minute. They will try again Monday against Peabody.
Stoneham hasn’t played since opening its season Jan. 3 with a 4-4 tie against Melrose. The Spartans hope to be back in action Monday vs. Burlington in a Middlesex Freedom showdown.
Westwood also moves up a spot despite falling to Hopkinton in its last game. The No. 8 Wolverines do have a sweep of Medfield under their belts.
No. 9 Masconomet opened its season Saturday, erasing an early two-goal deficit and rolling over Beverly in its Northeastern Conference debut.
The lone newcomer this week is No. 10 Sandwich, which cracked open its Cape & Islands campaign last Thursday with a 3-0 win over Martha’s Vineyard, followed by Saturday’s victory over St. John Paul II.