Mass. Boys HS Hockey – Division 3 Top 10: Marlboro, D-R/Seekonk Win Unbeaten Showdowns; Hopedale Still Perfect; Bishop Stang Suffers First Blemish

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 D3 Top 10

RankTeam*PRWLT
1Marlboro1901
2Scituate3930
3Hanover4831
4Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk5900
5Medway21120
6Hopedale81000
7Bishop Stang6801
8North Reading9820
9Lynnfield10920
10Essex TechNR812
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The matchup of unbeaten Central Mass. teams was no contest, and Marlboro left no doubt about its status as the No. 1 team in the Hockey Night in Boston Massachusetts Division 3 rankings. The Panthers rolled to a 9-1 win over Nashoba in a game rescheduled to last Monday, and followed that up with a win over Westboro to remain in the No. 1 spot.

Things changed a bit from there, with Scituate bumping up a spot to No. 2. The Sailors had little trouble with Whitman-Hanson and Pembroke in the Patriot League, then rolled over Southeastern in a nonleague battle.

Patriot rival Hanover remains hot on Scituate’s skate heels at No. 3. It wasn’t a perfect week for the Hawks, who sandwiched a tie with Quincy between wins over Pembroke and Plymouth South.

New No. 4 Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk was another team that prevailed in a matchup of perfect records, holding off Somerset Berkley to run its two-year unbeaten streak to 19 games.

No. 5 Medway finally dropped one to an MIAA opponent, losing to Westwood in the Tri-Valley League. The Mustangs did score wins over Norton and Ashland.

Meanwhile, Hopedale continued to roll, pushing its record to 10-0-0 and its unbeaten streak to 21 games after sweeping Worcester, Grafton/Blackstone Valley and Minnechaug.

No. 7 Bishop Stang still is unbeaten, but did suffer a 3-3 tie with Nantucket. The Spartans still are unbeaten in their last 19.

Even with a loss to Newburyport, North Reading is up to No. 8 after edging past Pentucket in overtime.

No. 9 Lynnfield had a strong week, beating D2 Westwood as well as Groton-Dunstable in nonleague games.

Essex Tech returns to the rankings at No. 10, as the Hawks rolled to three Commonwealth wins – Shawsheen, Greater Lowell/Nashoba Tech, and Minuteman.

** There are plenty of interesting games this week for the top-10 teams, starting Tuesday as Essex Tech visits Latin Academy (5:30, Devine) after the teams skated to a 0-0 tie earlier this season. Wednesday’s packed slate includes Hopedale vs. Worcester (5:30, Blackstone); Hanover at Falmouth (7); Bishop Stang at Bishop Feehan (7, NE Sports Village); and Triton vs. Newburyport (7, Graf). Then Saturday, Lynnfield hosts Newburyport (12, McVann-O’Keefe); Marlboro is at Auburn (4, Horgan); Hanover at Duxbury (5:40, Bog); and Medway hosts resurgent Hopkinton (8:30, Sgt. Pirelli).

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