Mass. Boys HS Hockey – Division 3 Pre-Season Top 10: Scituate, Essex Tech Ready For Big Campaigns

Jason Cooke
Jason Cooke
Jason is a college student at UMass Lowell pursuing a degree in journalism. He currently is a sports reporter covering high school sports for the Tewksbury/Wilmington Town Crier as well as the Lowell Sun. Jason also writes for Black N’ Gold Productions covering the Boston Bruins.

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Massachusetts Boys D3 Top 10

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There was plenty of excitement during the MIAA Boys Division 3 state tournament a year ago, and there is no reason to believe this year won’t be the same.

Scituate is hungry for another trip to the TD Garden following their overtime loss in the state finals last March. The Sailors start the season as #1 in the HNIB News Massachusetts Boys Division 3 Top 10. Returning forwards James Sullivan and Johnny Donahue can put the puck in the net. However, an inexperienced defensive core must jell quickly.

#2 Essex Tech is returning a plethora of offensive skill after their Elite Eight exit last season. Logan Casey (45 pts) and Brady Leonard (45 pts) will lead an action-packed offense this winter as ET moves to the Cape Ann League.

Lynnfield slides in at No. 3 after an Elite Eight appearance last season. The forward trio of Joe Raffa (20 pts), Jack Carpenter (36 pts), and Will Norton (20 pts) will lead the charge this winter.

Don’t count out No. 4 Medfield on the rinks this winter. Despite graduating a large chunk of their offense, the Warriors welcome back scorer Charlie Hardiman (27 pts), who will lead an effort back to the state tournament.

Central Mass. stalwart #5 Grafton had an impressive bid at the D4 title last season and will look to carry that success into the D3 field this winter.

No. 6 Watertown-Wayland will be without eight seniors who were a part of their run to the Final Four last season but are still returning some firepower up front led by James Erickson. A tough Middlesex League schedule will have the Raiders ready for the post-season.

No. 7 Triton is returning a pair of forward lines and two crucial blueliners from last season’s successful campaign in the Cape Ann League. Luke Sullivan and Jack Lindholm, along with goalie Gavin Marengi, will look to make some noise in the tournament.

No. 8 Nauset Regional is running it back after a trip to the Elite Eight last spring. Forward Logan Poulin (41 pts) and defenseman Joe Mcmanus (9 pts) will return with experience for the Warriors.

No. 9 Nashoba Regional is back to defend its D3 title after an epic run last Spring that consisted of three overtime victories. After graduating most of their production, they will rely on elevated depth to recreate last season’s magic.

Dracut Tyngsboro is loaded with talent this season. Headlined by goal scorers Colin Underwood (38 pts) and Drew DuRoss (41 pts), a wide array of supporting depth will complement the offense.

TEAMS TO WATCH: Methuen, Longmeadow, Shawsheen Tech

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