Massachusetts Boys D3 Top 10
If it looks like there isn’t much change from last week in the Hockey Night in Boston Massachusetts Division 3 rankings, there’s a good reason. Half of last week’s Top 10 had a week free of games, while the other half that did play went a combined 6-0.
No. 1 Marlboro was idle all week, but the Panthers get back into action Monday against Leominster, then have an intriguing matchup Saturday vs. D2’s No. 7 team, Longmeadow.
No. 2 Medway handled Bellingham in its lone game of the week, but it gets interesting this week for the Mustangs, as Tri-Valley Large rivals Medfield (Wednesday) and Norwood (Saturday) loom.
No. 3 Scituate also had its lone game from last week vs. Quincy moved to Friday. But first the Sailors take on Bridgewater-Raynham in a nonleague game Wednesday.
Hanover was one of the busiest teams last week with a normal two-game slate, both decisive wins over North Quincy and Pembroke. The No. 4 Hawks are off until Saturday, when they get a big Patriot League test vs. Marshfield.
No. 5 Lynnfield also had a pair of wins last week, including a solid 6-2 victory over Newburyport in the Cape Ann League. The Pioneers also beat Hamilton-Wenham, and now get North Reading and Pentucket this week.
Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk has been off since before the New Year, but the No. 6 Falcons are slated to return to the ice Wednesday vs. Apponequet.
No. 7 Bishop Stang got in one game under the wire, beating St. Joseph Prep on Sunday. Next for the Spartans are Cardinal Spellman (Monday) and Bourne (Saturday).
Nashoba knocked off D1 Wachusett last Monday to stay at No. 8. Groton-Dunstable is next for the Wolves on Saturday.
No. 9 Danvers returns from a break to take on Marblehead on Wednesday.
The lone change to the rankings is at No. 10, where Hopedale cracks the list with an impressive start, including Saturday’s road win over then-D4 No. 1 Sandwich. The Raiders will try to keep their unbeaten run going, returning to CMass this week vs. St. Paul (Wednesday) and Oakmont (Saturday).
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