Massachusetts Boys D2 Top 10
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