Mass. Boys HS Hockey – Division 3 Top 10: Quiet Week Brings Little Change To Rankings

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 D3 Top 10

RankTeam*PRWLT
1Marlboro1501
2Medway2710
3Scituate3420
4Hanover4620
5Lynnfield5610
6Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk6700
7Bishop Stang7600
8Nashoba8700
9Danvers9520
10HopedaleNR500
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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).

** Featured image courtesy of @BEACHSKATES

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