Mass D-2 Boys Poll: Final regular season poll; teams ready for post-season

Gary Demopoulos
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Gary Demopoulos has been covering prep school hockey for the HNIB News for over 30 years, and has been the editor of the HNIB News since 2005. A former sportswriter and news editor at the Woburn (MA) Daily Times Chronicle, he has been the HNIB News' key reporter for Mens Prep School hockey since 1988, as well as womens hockey, both at the prep school and high school levels. for almost 20 years. Gary also helps organize and oversee HNIB's many summer tournaments and festivals for scholastic players.

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Massachusetts Division 2 Boys Poll

RankTeamWLT
1Beverly1811
2Tewksbury1532
3Canton1244
4North Reading1622
5Lincoln-Sudbury1235
6Winthrop1550
7Plymouth South1532
8Marblehead1651
9Masconomet1442
10Medfield1433
11Westwood1541
12Medway1442
13Martha's Vineyard1351
14North Quincy972
15Milford1262

*Updated 2/22/14

 

The 2013-2014 regular season is now finished and teams are today awaiting the announcement of the Mass Division 2 North and South sectional playoff pairings.  Here is an updated HNIB News Masachusetts Division II poll heading into the post-season. (Note: the MIAA seeds teams on the basis of winning percentage). This will be our final D-2 poll until the end of the tournament.

 

Despite losing its final regular season game and missing out on an undefeated season, Beverly (18-1-1) stays in the #1 spot and is the favorite coming out of the D2 North bracket. The Panthers finished the final week with an 8-1 win over Peabody, and then a 2-0 loss to D-1 foe Weymouth.

 

Tewksbury (15-3-2) moves up to #2 as the post-season begins. The Redmen ended with a 3-2 win over Methuen and then battled D-1 rival Wilmington hard in a 5-3 loss. They should cause teams fits in the tournament.

 

# 3 Canton (12-4-4) is ready to make some noise in the D-2 South bracket. The Bulldogs did fall to Boston Latin in the first round of the Quinn Memorial Tourament, but they beat Lincoln-Sudbury (3-2) in a key non-league showdown and also beat Coyle-Cassidy.

 

North Reading (16-2-2) finished strong with four wins in the final week, including three straight shutouts, and move up to #4. The Hornets earned the title at the Jeff Hayes Tournament, besting Sandwich in the final.

 

The loss to Canton and a tie on the last day with North Andover drops Lincoln-Sudbury (12-3-5) to #5 as the second season commences. The Warriors will be ready for post-season play, though, and can’t be taken lightly.HNIB-ad-for-HNIBnews

 

#6 Winthrop (15-5-0) is on a roll, winning 11 of its last 12 games (the only loss to top-ranked Beverly). The Vikings were impressive in a season-ending 7-1 win over Mansfield.

 

#7 Plymouth South (15-3-2) tied Bishop Stang in its only action of the regular season’s final week. They could draw the top seed in the D2 South Sectional.

 

#8 Marblehead (16-5-1) could be an intriguing post-season club, back in Division 2 this season. Of the Headers five losses, three were to #1 Beverly and the other two to Winthrop.

 

Another team playing well down the stretch is #9 Masconomet (14-4-2). The Chieftains won their last four, allowing only one goal in each of those games on the way to a championship in the Gulezian Division of the Newburyport Savings Bank Tournament.

 

Also new to the Division II post-season is #10 Medfield (14-3-3). The Warriors split a pair of games this week at the Quinn Memorial Tournament, beating host Coyle-Cassidy and losing to Boston Latin. They hope to be a force in the South sectional.

 

Fellow Tri-Valley league rivals #11 Westwood (15-4-1) and #12 Medway (14-4-2) are in the same boat as Medfield, looking to make some noise in the D-2 South bracket after being elevated from Division 3. Do not look past either of these clubs.

 

#13 Martha’s Vineyard (13-5-2) lost 8-0 to Bishop Feehan this week, then bounced back to beat Nauset, 11-2. Their goal-scoring ability can not be overlooked.

 

#14 North Quincy (9-7-4) is scuffling a bit heading into the post-season, winless in its last five games (0-3-2).

 

#15 Milford (12-6-2) is making its first-ever appearance in the D2 South sectional.

 

Check back soon to www.hnibnews.com for tournament pairings and preview…

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