Massachusetts Boys D2 Top 15
Canton continues to chug along as the No. 1 team in the HNIB News Massachusetts Division 2 boys hockey rankings. The Bulldogs swept to shutout victories against Hockomock League rivals Oliver Ames (6-0) and Foxboro (2-0) this week, extending their unbeaten streak to 37 games. Canton will get a couple of good Division 1 tests this week against Newburyport and Hockomock rival Franklin.
Charging hard up the rankings is new No. 2 Boston Latin, which scored a pair of big victories against Division 1 teams in the past week – Andover (4-3) and Medford (5-1). The Wolfpack face another Div. 1 foe (Mansfield) on Monday, then MVC/DCL 2 rival North Andover.
Masconomet holds firm at the No. 3 spot off its lone win against North Reading. The Chieftains square off with Beverly in a non-league battle, then return to Cape Ann play vs. Lynnfield this week.
Marblehead took another minor bump this week with a tie against Winthrop in Northeastern Conference play and settles in at No. 4. The Headers have an interesting matchup with Bedford, one of the top Div. 3 teams in Eastern Mass., then NEC rival Danvers.
Red-hot Tewksbury already qualified for the tournament with a sweep last week of Westford Academy, Concord-Carlisle and Haverhill. The No. 5 Redmen also face a Div. 1 team (Billerica) in their lone contest this week.
Dedham remains at No. 6 after tying Holliston in the Tri-Valley League. The Marauders take on Medway and Dover-Sherborn/Weston this week in TVL Small action.
Plymouth North suffered its first loss of the season Saturday against Hanover and drops to No. 7. It doesn’t get any easier this week for the Blue Eagles with Scituate and Marshfield.
Lincoln-Sudbury’s only action last week was an MIAA endowment win against Acton-Boxboro, which doesn’t count against its tournament record. The No. 8 Warriors are busy this week with North Andover, Billerica and Haverhill.
No. 9 Norwood swept past Holliston and Medfield, and the Mustangs also have a three-game week coming up (Milton, Westwood, Ashland).
Triton bounced back with solid wins against CAL foes Amesbury and Pentucket, and the No. 10 Vikings look ahead to league games against Lynnfield and North Reading.
Scituate was postponed in its lone scheduled game last week, but still moves up to No. 11. The Sailors bookend the big game vs. Plymouth North with action against Concord-Carlisle and Plymouth South.
No. 12 North Andover, which played to a tie last week against Lowell, has a grueling week ahead with Waltham in addition to L-S and Latin.
The two new teams this week are No. 13 Wakefield and No. 14 Whitman-Hanson. Wakefield took down both Stoneham and Woburn in impressive fashion, while W-H took care of both Southeastern and Silver Lake.
No. 15 Medfield remains in the rankings despite its loss to Norwood. The Warriors did bounce back with a win against Bellingham, and matches up with Bishop Feehan, Holliston and Hopkinton in a span of five days.