Mass. Boys HS Hockey – Division 2 Top 10: Unbeaten Tewksbury, Norwood Keep Rolling

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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Massachusetts Boys D2 Top 10

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The top two teams in this week’s Hockey Night in Boston Massachusetts Division 2 boys rankings took care of business on the ice last week, both improving to 6-0-0 overall.

Top-ranked Tewksbury rolled to Dual County/Merrimack Valley 2 wins over Lincoln-Sudbury and Lowell by a combined score of 13-1, as the Redmen look ahead to scheduled games against Acton-Boxboro and Boston Latin.

Staying at No. 2 is Norwood, which easily handled Medfield in its only action of last week. The Mustangs are off until Saturday, when they have a late-night trip to Franklin to meet Medway.

In the big Division 2 showdown of the week, it was Masconomet coming out on top thanks to AJ Sacco’s power play overtime strike. The 4-3 win over Gloucester capped a 3-0 week for Masco, which also beat Bishop Fenwick and Swampscott to move up to No. 3. Masco has an interesting nonleague matchup Monday vs. former Cape Ann rival Newburyport.

Despite suffering its first loss, Gloucester holds on to the No. 4 spot. The Fishermen did score a win over Beverly, and will look to bounce back against Winthrop and Saugus.

Walpole topples a couple of spots to No. 5, having lost to D1 Weymouth following a comeback win over Framingham. The Timberwolves take on Newton North in their lone action this week.

Moving up a spot to No. 6 is Canton, which is started to gain its footing and scored a big Hockomock League win over rival Franklin (the Bulldogs had fallen in a nonleague matchup in December). Canton matches up with King Philip and Mansfield this week.

No. 7 Longmeadow prevailed in a tough Western Mass. matchup with Westfield, but the Lancers now look ahead to Saturday’s trip to face Central Mass. (and D3) power Marlboro.

The bottom three teams this week either return to the rankings or check in for the first time, starting with No. 8 Plymouth North. The Eagles have bounced back from a pair of losses to open the season, including last week’s upset of Marshfield as well as a tie with Duxbury. North meets Plymouth South on Wednesday, then Whitman-Hanson on Saturday.

Mansfield is back in at No. 9, as the Hornets also have won three in a row after an 0-2-1 start. Saturday’s showdown with Canton looms, but first they must face North Attleboro on Wednesday.

Rounding out the top 10 is Algonquin, which has suffered its only two losses to Marlboro. Algonquin takes on Div. 1 Shrewsbury on Wednesday, then crosses over to Western Mass. to visit Minnechaug on Saturday.

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