Mass. HS Boys Hockey – Division 2 Top 10: No. 1 Tewksbury Still Perfect; No. 2 Masconomet Faces Pair Of Tough Tests

Jim Clark
Jim Clark joined Hockey Night in Boston in December 2019, and has covered high school hockey in Massachusetts for more than three decades. He also covers high school hockey and is a multiplatform editor for the Boston Globe, and previously spent two decades as high school hockey reporter at the Boston Herald, where he also served as the high schools editor from 2000-06. Clark was honored by the Mass. State Hockey Coaches Association with its William Stewart Award for contributions to the sport in May 2019, and also received the Joel Perlmutter Award for media coverage in 2006. A graduate of UMass, he also spent eight years as sports editor/reporter at the Sentinel & Enterprise in Fitchburg, and has extensively covered high school hockey in Central and Western Mass. as well as Connecticut.

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Massachusetts Boys D2 Top 10

RankTeam*PRWLT
1Tewksbury1700
2Masconomet3810
3Walpole5420
4Norwood2610
5Canton6421
6Gloucester4720
7Plymouth North8521
8Mansfield9321
9Silver LakeNR520
10DuxburyNR522

No. 1 Tewksbury continues to take care of business, but the rest of the pack chasing in the HNIB News Massachusetts Division 2 boys’ hockey rankings continues to shuffle.

Start first at first, where the Redmen improved to 7-0-0 with a win over Acton-Boxboro. Tewksbury has a pair of afternoon battles this week against Concord-Carlisle and Newton South.

Up to No. 2 is Masconomet, which swept a pair of games against Newburyport and Beverly, and now sets its sights on Lincoln-Sudbury (Monday) as well as Winthrop.

Walpole moved back up to No. 3 fresh off a Bay State Herget win over Milton. The Timberwolves have just one game this week, at Wellesley on Saturday.

Norwood slides down to No. 4 after suffering its first loss of the season, against fellow Tri-Valley power Medway. The Mustangs will try to bounce back Monday with a nonleague game vs. Milton on the road.

No. 5 Canton pulled out a narrow win against King Philip in its only action last week. The Bulldogs have an interesting nonleaguer Monday vs. Newburyport, and also face Hockomock foe Oliver Ames on Wednesday.

No. 6 Gloucester has hit a bit of a bump since its fast start. A 3-1 loss to Winthrop made it back-to-back setbacks, but the Fishermen bounced back to beat Saugus, and now line up games vs. Triton (Wednesday) and Danvers (Saturday).

No. 7 Plymouth North swept past crosstown rival Plymouth South as well as Whitman-Hanson, and now the Eagles will have a test Wednesday with new No. 9 Silver Lake. North also visits Pembroke on Saturday.

But in between the Patriot Keenan rivals is No. 8 Mansfield, which was off last week and is not scheduled to return to the ice until Jan. 26.

As for Silver Lake, the Lakers get their first crack at the rankings despite having not played since beating Duxbury in overtime Jan. 5. They will be busy this week with Rockland (Monday), Plymouth North and Marshfield (Saturday) on the docket.

New No. 10 Duxbury took care of business last week vs. North Quincy and Plymouth South. The Dragons face neighboring rival Marshfield on Monday in the annual Green Cup, and also face off with Xaverian (Wednesday) and Whitman-Hanson (Saturday).

NOTE: These rankings do not reflect the MIAA power rankings, which will be used for seeding purposes in the state tournament

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