Massachusetts Boys D2 Top 15
After the first full week of 2020, 14 of the 15 teams in this week’s HNIB News Massachusetts Division 2 boys hockey rankings are in new spots or new to the list.
The one constant, of course, remains No. 1 Canton, which continued its unbeaten ways with victories last week against Mansfield and King Philip. The Bulldogs now have a 35-game unbeaten streak dating back to the start of the 2018-19 season.
Marblehead moves up one spot to No. 2 after a week that included a gut-check tie on the road with Plymouth North, as well as a pair of Northeastern Conference victories. The Headers have a single tough NEC road test this week against Winthrop.
No. 3 Masconomet also took control of the early Cape Ann League race with a key victory against a ranked Triton squad.
No. 4 Boston Latin is unbeaten in its last seven, but the Wolfpack will be challenged this week with a pair of Division 1 opponents in Andover and Medford.
Plymouth North proved its worth with the tie against Marblehead, but the No. 5 Blue Eagles can’t look back with crosstown rival Plymouth South and Hanover on the upcoming docket.
Dedham continues to roll through the Tri-Valley, but the No. 6 Marauders will try to take down a solid Holliston squad Saturday.
No. 7 Tewksbury makes a move up after knocking off MVC/DCL 2 rival Lincoln-Sudbury, which drops to No. 8. Tewksbury also blanked Lowell on Sunday, and the Redmen face a busy week ahead with Westford Academy, Concord-Carlisle and Haverhill. L-S takes on rival Acton-Boxboro in an MIAA endowment game, then visits Concord-Carlisle.
Norwood falls to No. 9 off its first loss of the season to unbeaten Hopkinton. The Mustangs did beat Norton, but it doesn’t get any easier with Medfield and Holliston next up.
Triton’s loss to Masconomet sends the Vikings down to No. 10, and they face CAL opponents Amesbury and Pentucket this week.
No. 11 North Andover will try to get revenge on Lowell after falling to the Red Raiders as part of a 1-1-1 week.
Brookline won its lone contest of the week, holding off Swampscott, and now the No. 12 Warriors stare down a pair of Bay State powers in Walpole and Framingham.
Scituate cracks the rankings at No. 13, and the Sailors will host Whitman-Hanson on Saturday.
Stoneham stays in the rankings at No. 14 thanks to a slim 3-2 victory against Wilmington.
The other new entry this week is Medfield, back in at No. 15. Aside from the matchup with Norwood, the Warriors also visit Bellingham in the TVL.