Mass. HS Boys Hockey – Division 2 Top 10: Tewksbury, Canton Hold Ground; No. 3 Gloucester Moves Up Off Big Win Over BC High

Jim Clark
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
1Tewksbury11520
2Canton21721
3Gloucester41440
4Norwood51521
5Masconomet31432
6Newton South91161
7Walpole71062
8Duxbury61082
9Silver Lake81440
10NewburyportNR1072

Tewksbury righted the ship following a second loss in the Ed Burns Coffee Pot Hockey Classic, bouncing back with a pair of wins last week to maintain the No. 1 spot in the Hockey Night in Boston Massachusetts Division 2 rankings. The Redmen beat Boston Latin in Dual County/Merrimack Valley 2 play, then rolled to a win over Billerica in a crossover matchup. The Redmen face their big border showdown with Wilmington this week, as well as a league matchup with Concord-Carlisle.

No. 2 Canton has been on a serious roll for much of 2022, and continued it last week with victories over Smithfield (R.I.) and Needham. The Bulldogs close the regular season with their annual game vs. Boston Latin.

Gloucester probably made the biggest statement of the week with the win at BC High, helping the Fishermen move up to No. 3. They also needed overtime to survive Danvers, but also easily handled Swampscott. They have a pair of rematches this week at home – Woburn and red-hot Lynnfield.

Norwood is No. 4 after dispatching Holliston in Tri-Valley League play. The Mustangs close league play vs. Norton and also take on nonleague King Philip.

No. 5 Masconomet had a bumpy week, coming up flat in a big loss to Winthrop and also tying Andover. Masco has a chance to make a big statement Monday vs. St. John’s Prep.

Newton South has remained hot to move to No. 6. The Lions tied D1 Waltham (losing in a shootout) in the DCL Cup, and also beat Westford Academy and Newton North. They have a Monday makeup vs. Wellesley and also face Acton-Boxboro.

No. 7 Walpole tied King Philip, losing in a shootout to open their Songin Cup. That puts the Timberwolves in Monday’s consolation game at home vs. North Attleboro.

It wasn’t an easy week for No. 8 Duxbury, first with a loss to Bridgewater-Raynham followed by a tough opening day of the Buddy Ferreira Classic vs. BC High. The Dragons will try to bounce back in a consolation matchup vs. host Falmouth.

No. 9 Silver Lake beat Pembroke in its only game last week. The Lakers are in the Gould Memorial Tournament at Hobomock, facing Hanover on Monday.

New No. 10 Newburyport opened play in its Newburyport Bank Classic with a win over D1 Shrewsbury. The Clippers take on Andover in Tuesday’s title game.

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