Massachusetts Boys D2 Top 10
Two weeks into the 2021-22 Massachusetts boys hockey season, and there hasn’t yet been a major shakeup in the latest HNIB News Division 2 rankings.
At least at the top, where the first three spots all remained stable. No. 1 Tewksbury took care of business with a 3-0 start, outscoring a trio of DCL/MVC opponents by a combined 12-2 margin. The Redmen were taking their show on the road this week for the annual trip to Maine and the Yankee Ford Holiday Classic.
Arguably no team in the state is off to a better start than No. 2 Norwood, which had five wins under its belt before the holidays. Included was that was a championship in the Jim Gormley Cup, as well as three wins in the Tri-Valley League.
Walpole stayed at No. 3 despite a Bay State loss to powerful Braintree, but the Timberwolves also beat Needham and had a nonleague win over Mansfield.
The movement begins at No. 4, where a pair of Northeastern Conference rivals jump a couple of spots. Masconomet picked up wins over Danvers and Marblehead, and No. 5 Gloucester also took care of Marblehead twice (including the Cape Ann Savings Bank Tournament opener) after a nonleague win over North Andover.
No. 6 Newburyport doesn’t have a win yet, but the Clippers tested themselves against a pair of strong Division 1 teams – a 0-0 tie with St. Mary’s, and a tough 3-1 loss to Malden Catholic.
Dartmouth is a big mover, up three spots to No. 7 thanks to wins over Groton-Dunstable and Westfield in the Canalmen Classic, followed up by a win over Stoughton/Brockton.
No. 8 Canton had an unusually rough start, falling to Lincoln-Sudbury in overtime and then to Franklin. The Bulldogs tied Barnstable, then posted their first win against Hanover.
No. 9 Longmeadow struggled early with losses to Hanover and Marlboro in the Gormley Cup, but rightened the ship upon returning to Western Mass. with three straight wins.
The lone newcomer is No. 10 Newton South, which dropped a narrow decision to Tewksbury after rolling past Lowell in its opener.