Mass. Girls HS Hockey – Division 2 Top 10: Natick, Woburn Climb; #1 Duxbury Looks Ahead To Austin Prep Saturday

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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Mass. Girls D2 Top 10

RankTeam*PRWLT
1Duxbury11502
2Algonquin/Hudson21322
3Natick61152
4Sandwich31441
5Woburn91132
6Braintree41231
7Winchester51231
8Canton101150
9Norwood71321
10 tieMalden CatholicNR1142
10 tieKing PhilipNR1340

With the abundance of solid teams at the Division 2 level this season, all it takes is one hiccup to change the top ten rankings. In this week’s HNIB News Mass. Girls Division 2 Top 10, only the top two spots remain the same.

#1 Duxbury (15-0-2) has clinched its seventh straight Patriot League crown, beating Whitman-Hanson/Silver Lake in its only action of the week. Their league slate now complete, the Dragons have an interesting week, with Canton on Thursday and D1 powerhouse Austin Prep at The Bog on Saturday.

#2 Algonquin/Hudson (13-2-2) did fall to Shrewsbury, but rebounded with wins over Pope Francis (2-1) and Oakmont (8-0). The T-Hawks have Wakefield Wednesday.

Natick (11-5-2) has bounced up to #3 after two more wins this week, over Newton North and Brookline. The Redhawks close out the regulars season with home games against Wellesley (Wednesday) and Braintree (Saturday).

Down a peg to is #4 Sandwich (14-4-1). The Lady Knights had a tie vs Falmouth (2-2), drubbed Nantucket (9-4) and then fell short Sunday vs Hingham (4-0). They close out their regular season with Marshfield (Friday) and Dennis-Yarmouth (Saturday).

#5 Woburn (11-3-2) is playing well with a pair of shutout wins over #7 Winchester (12-3-1) by a 4-0 score and Belmont (2-0). The Tanners hope to continue their winning ways in a week that features HPNA (Monday), Reading (Wednesday) and Needham (Saturday).

#6 Braintree (12-3-1) is down a bit after seeing its 9-game winning streak end at the hands of Weymouth (6-3). The Wamps also beat Framingham, and are at Walpole Wednesday before the Natick match-up.

That 4-0 loss to Woburn drops Winchester down. The Red & Black did respond in a big way with wins over Lexington (5-1) and Reading (3-0). They get Dennis-Yarmouth (Wednesday) and Belmont (Saturday).

Canton (11-5-0) has climbed to #8 after a solid win over Lincoln-Sudbury (4-0). The Bulldogs look ahead to Duxbury and then Barnstable on Saturday.

#9 Norwood (13-2-1) had a rough one Saturday in a loss to Medway-Ashland. The Mustangs look to rebound against Franklin (Monday), King Philip (Wednesday) and Walpole (Friday).

For the first time this year there is a tie for the tenth spot. A pair of newcomers, Malden Catholic (11-4-2) and King Philip (13-4-0) share the spot. Both will be tough opponents in the post-season.

TEAMS TO WATCH: Needham, Westwood, Medway/Ashland, Central Catholic, Archbishop Williams, Pembroke, Watertown

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