Mass. Boys HS Hockey – Division 4 Pre-Season Top 10; After Coming So Close Last Season, Is This Norwell’s Year?

Alexis Demopoulos
Alexis Demopoulos
Alexis is a 2017 graduate from UMass Lowell who currently works covering hockey for Hockey Night in Boston as well as the Worcester Railers JHC & is a sports reporter for the Daily Times Chronicle in Woburn.

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Massachusetts Boys D4 Top 10

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Last season, Norwell was within a double OT goal of getting to the Division 4 state final at TD Garden. Needless to say the Clippers are on a mission this year. With that in mind, Norwell (21-2-0) gets the nod as the pre-season #1 in the HNIB News Division 4 Top 10

Sandwich (18-4-3) won the inaugural Division 4 championship last March, and with many key players back for another go-around, the Blue Knights start the new year close to the summit at the #2 spot. Be sure they would want another crack at Norwell, who beat them in the season opener.

Despite losing star forward Danny Storella, expect #3 Stoneham (15-9-0) to be competitive in an always tough Middlesex League and be battle-tested for post-season play. The Spartans reached the semifinals a year ago.

#4 Shawsheen (16-6-1) is coming off a strong year and has a core group returning in hopes to make a run for the D4 title this season.

Martha’s Vineyard (14-4-1) comes in at #5 and boasts solid team chemistry and a veteran group returning. Coach Matt Mincone hopes they can hang tough this season.

#6 Ashland (12-10-0) has a huge senior class returning which should work to its advantage. Expect them to be right in the mix this season under the leadership of those 12th graders.

Abington (7-13-1) is holding down the #7 spot as the Green Wave go for broke this winter returning eight of their top nine scorers, three of their top four blueliners, and senior goalie Spencer Merrick, the runner-up for the South Shore League MVP last winter.

Chicopee and Chicopee Comp have joined forces this season to form #8 Chicopee Co-Op and the group should be competitive. Comp won 17 games a year ago.

#9 Dedham (10-12-0) ended last season strong and hopes to continue that into this season with a good mix of upper and lower classmen back.

Rounding out the Division 4 rankings is #10 Dover-Sherborn/Weston (10-11-1). who after making their first playoff appearance since 2017 last year hope to keep trending upward. 

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