Mass. D2 Boys Poll: Reshuffling puts Westwood in #1 spot

Gary Demopoulos
Gary Demopoulos
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

RankTeamPrevious RankingWLT
5Plymouth South71003
9Coyle Cassidy91030
10North Reading10930
12Boston Latin13741
15Oliver AmesNR641

*Updated 2/2/15

Five members of last week’s top ten suffered defeats this past week (some to D1 foes), so there is a little re-shuffling of this week’s HNIB News Massachusetts Boys Division II poll.

That reshuffling also includes a new #1 team. Westwood (10-1-1) moves into the lofty position after winning both of its games this week, beating Dover-Sherborn (4-1) and Ashland (7-0). The Wolverines were scheduled to face Hopkinton tonight (weather permitting) and then get Bellingham on Wednesday and Holliston Saturday.

The Ashland win qualified Westwood for its 33rd consecutive post-season.

Despite a 4-2 loss to D1 Billerica, Tewksbury (10-3-0) actually slides up a spot. The Redmen had a big game scheduled tonight with Austin Prep, and will continue this week with league foes North Andover (Wednesday) and Concord-Carlisle (Saturday).

#3 Winthrop (11-2-1) also moves up a slot, after clinching the NEC North title with wins this week over Saugus (5-1) and Beverly (4-2). The Vikings have a non-league game with Belmont on Thursday, and then take on Lynn this Saturday.

Last week’s top team – Medfield (11-2-0) – fell to rival Medway (5-3) on Saturday, and thus drops a few pegs to #4. The Warriors hope to start some new momentum Tuesday against Bellingham.

The Division’s only unbeaten team – Plymouth South (10-0-3) – continues its move up, now ranked #5. The Panthers blanked North Quincy (3-0) and tied Scituate (4-4) in Patriot League play. South had an interesting game scheduled for tonight (Monday) against Old Rochester, and also this week get Hanover (Wednesday) and Pembroke (Saturday).

#6 Masconomet (7-3-1) dropped a tough 4-3 game to Newburyport in its only action of the week on Saturday. The Chieftains had a 3-1 lead. Tonight’s game with Beverly has been postponed, so Masco will wait for Lynnfield (Wednesday) and then get Amesbury (Saturday).

#7 Canton (7-5-0) lost another hard-fought one-goal game to a strong D1 Franklin team on Saturday. The Bulldogs have a busy week with the opportunity to make some noise against Attleboro (Wednesday), Oliver Ames (Thursday), North Attleboro (Saturday) and Milford (Sunday).

#8 Lincoln-Sudbury (8-6-0) bounced back from a 7-1 loss to D1 power Malden Catholic with a key 4-3 win over Haverhill. The Warriors have three league games scheduled this week against Concord Carlisle (Monday – weather permitting), Boston Latin (Wednesday) and North Andover (Saturday).

Coyle-Cassidy (10-3-0) avenged one of its losses with a 3-1 win over Bishop Feehan on Saturday and holds down the #9 spot. Somerset-Berkley (Wednesday) and Martha’s Vineyard (Saturday) are on this week’s docket.

North Reading (9-3-0) stays at #10. The Hornets blanked Amesbury (2-0) in their only action of the week.  A non-league game with Saugus was scheduled for tonigh. The rest of the week, North Reading gets Triton (Wednesday) and Newburyport (Saturday). The snowed-out game with Masconomet has been schedule for February 9th.

Keep an eye on #11 Medway (9-4-1) after the Mustangs big win over Medfield. Hopkinton (Thursday) and Westboro (Saturday) dot this week’s schedule.

Boston Latin (7-4-1) creeps up to #12, following a 2-0 loss to Tewksbury  and a 1-1 tie with Medford with a 2-1 win over North Andover. The Wolfpack have three more games on tap this week: Lincoln-Sudbury (Wednesday), Haverhill (Friday) and Methuen (Saturday).

#13 Danvers (8-5-2) edged Saugus (4-3) and must be on its game on Tuesday against improving Peabody. The Falcons will take on Salem on Wednesday.

Marblehead (8-5-1) drops a few spots after falling to Peabody (4-3). The Headers will take on Lynn (Wednesday) and still have to makeup a snowed-out game with Beverly.

Oliver Ames (6-4-1) returns to the poll after a solid 8-1 win over North Attleboro. OA hopes to continue its solid play on Thursday against Canton, and get King Philip on Saturday.

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