Massachusetts Boys D2 Top 10
Remember all the way back to last week, when it was mentioned here that things had been pretty stable in the HNIB News Massachusetts Division 2 boys hockey rankings?
Then came a crazy stretch in which six of the 10 teams in the rankings all suffered their first losses of the season. Three previously unbeaten teams split back-to-back games with league foes, but in the end, it caused the first major shuffle of the 2021 season.
Canton, last year’s co-state champion, had been lying in the weeds a bit before finally getting back on the ice with a pair of victories against Stoughton/Brockton and Oliver Ames. That catapults the Bulldogs back up to the No. 1 spot with games this week slated for Foxboro and Stoughton/Brockton again.
Triton sat out all the action last week and, as a result, the Vikings move up to No. 2. They still have a lone tie against fellow unbeaten Newburyport, and the teams were set to square off again Saturday at Graf Rink.
No. 3 Tewksbury didn’t move this week despite losing for the first time. But the Redmen took down previously unbeaten Div. 1 power Central Catholic before the Raiders returned the favor two days later. Tewksbury matches up with Dracut/Tyngsboro this week.
No. 4 Lincoln-Sudbury fell from the top spot after losing for the first time in just over a calendar year, the back end of a split with Newton South. The next tests for the Warriors are a home-and-home with Acton-Boxboro.
No. 5 Sandwich kept its unbeaten record, and though it wasn’t a perfect week, the Blue Knights still impressed in their 1-1 tie with Div. 1 Falmouth. A rematch with the Clippers is on the docket for Wednesday, as well as a visit to Dennis-Yarmouth.
No. 6 Masconomet took a bump last week against Winthrop before recovering with solid wins against Saugus and Swampscott. The Chieftains have a busy week again with Marblehead and Gloucester on tap.
Medway is No. 7 this week after splitting a pair of games against Dedham, its first mark against its record this season. The Mustangs match up with Dover-Sherborn/Weston for a pair in the Tri-Valley.
Three new teams crack the rankings this week, starting with Scituate at No. 8. The Sailors have won seven in a row since an opening loss to Marshfield, including a four-game week in which they took down previously unbeaten Hanover. They are scheduled for Quincy and Plymouth South this week.
With its win over Masco, followed by another against Danvers, Winthrop enters for the first time this season at No. 9. The Vikings will try to keep it going against Swampscott and Danvers.
No. 10 Wakefield rounds out the rankings, fresh off an impressive sweep of Burlington in the Middlesex Freedom. The Warriors also rallied past Wilmington, and all three losses have come to Div. 1 teams. They have a big pair of games upcoming against Stoneham, beginning Saturday.