Mass. Boys HS Hockey – EMass. Division 3 Top 10: Hanover Holds No. 1; Cape & Islands Rivals Hope To Make Final Push

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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EMass Boys Division 3 Top 10

RankTeam*PRWLT
1Hanover11121
2Bishop Stang4941
3Somerset Berkley2811
4Hopkinton3730
5Norwell6822
6Nantucket51031
7Lowell7640
8Martha's VineyardNR850
9DartmouthNR631
10Shawsheen10731
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The 2021 hockey season didn’t end with a championship for Hanover, but the Hawks certainly made plenty of statements during the pandemic-shortened season. Hanover handed Div. 1 power Hingham its only loss and took Marshfield to the limit in the Patriot Cup semifinals. Barring anything unusual over the next few days, coach Jonny Abban’s squad is in good position to finish atop the Hockey Night in Boston EMass. Division 3 rankings once again.

One team that made a big late push was Bishop Stang. After starting 0-4 against tough competition, the Spartans went unbeaten in their final 10 games and shot up the rankings in the final weeks. Coach Ken Gouveia’s team sits at No. 2.

The season ended on a down note for No. 3 Somerset Berkley, which took an unbeaten record into the South Coast Conference championship before falling to Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk. Still, the Raiders can hang a share of the SCC regular-season title on the wall.

No. 4 Hopkinton closed its season with a loss to Medfield, but once again the Hillers showed they were as strong as any team in the Tri-Valley League this season.

Norwell is one Division 3 team that can say it won a league championship. The No. 5 Clippers sailed to the South Shore League championship, overwhelming East Bridgewater and Middleboro in tournament play.

Nantucket’s season is not done — the Whalers were awaiting the Cape & Islands Lighthouse Division tournament to see if they can move off their current No. 6 spot.

No. 7 Lowell closed its season with a loss to Division 1 Andover in the Merrimack Valley Conference Cup tournaments.

Martha’s Vineyard jumps into the rankings at the No. 8 spot, thanks to a huge victory over Nantucket heading into the C&I playoffs. In addition to splitting with the archrival Whalers, MV’s only other losses this season were to Div. 1-2 foes.

Dartmouth re-enters this list at No. 9. The Indians also faced a challenging slate that included Falmouth, Bridgewater-Raynham and Hanover, as well as a 1-0-1 mark vs. Bishop Stang.

No. 10 Shawsheen wrapped up its season by beating Essex Tech, splitting the season series and sharing the Commonwealth Athletic Conference championship.

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