Mass. Boys HS Hockey – Final Division 2 Top 10: Tewksbury Goes Wire To Wire; State Champion Redmen Finish Atop Rankings

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 D2 Final Top 10

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It’s hard to start a season as the prohibitive favorite and then go wire-to-wire, but Tewksbury did just that. The Redmen started the season as the top-ranked team in the Hockey Night in Boston Massachusetts Division 2 boys’ list, never gave that spot up, and carried it all the way to a state championship at TD Garden.

That doesn’t mean there weren’t bumps in the road. Canton, the final #2 team, gave the Redmen a good run and the Bulldogs certainly know what it means to carry the weight of expectations.

Gloucester sat around the top of the rankings all season before settling at #3 after reaching the state semifinals.

Among the teams that broke into the rankings since the start of the season, #4 Duxbury leads the way. The expectation was that some former D1 teams moving down to D2 would have a shot at shaking things up, and the Green Dragons certainly did that, ultimately pushing Tewksbury to double overtime.

Masconomet won the Northeastern Conference’s Dunn Division and reached the quarterfinals before falling in overtime, and finishes #5.

#6 Norwood had a controversial loss to Gloucester in the quarterfinals, but the Mustangs were among the most consistent teams all season.

Another team that dropped down to D2 and made noise is #7 Walpole, which battled Canton into overtime before falling.

Speaking of tough overtime losses, that was the fate for #8 Newburyport, which dropped a heartbreaker on the road vs. Norwood in the Round of 16.

At #9 is Silver Lake, which celebrated its 50th season of hockey by reaching the quarterfinals – including a thrilling overtime comeback win over North Attleboro – before falling victim to the powerful Tewksbury squad.

Rounding out the top 10 is #10 Wakefield, which was bounced by Walpole in the only shootout of the entire tournament.

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