Mass. HS Boys Hockey – Division 2 Top 10: Tewksbury Holds Steady At No. 1; Canton On The Rise Again

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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While Tewksbury continued to maintain its grip on the top spot in the Hockey Night in Boston Massachusetts Division 2 boys rankings, the shuffling of the chase pack continues.

The Redmen used a five-goal first period and then held on to edge Newton South in their only game last week.

Meanwhile, Masconomet jumps back up to No. 2 despite beginning the week with a one-goal loss to a strong D1 Lincoln-Sudbury squad. Masco bounced back to beat Winthrop on Saturday.

Canton also is on the rise, up to No. 3 with a clean sweep of its three games – a nonleaguer vs. Newburyport, plus Hockomock matchups with Oliver Ames and Attleboro.

No. 4 Gloucester also had a perfect week with a nonleague win over Triton, then a Northeastern Conference conquest of Danvers.

Walpole slips to No. 5 with a loss in its only game last week, a 2-1 loss to D1 Wellesley.

No. 6 Norwood had a similar fate, struggling to begin the week with a loss to D1 Milton. The Mustangs did get back on track in their return to Tri-Valley competition, sweeping to convincing wins over Dover-Sherborn/Weston and Dedham.

No. 7 Mansfield hasn’t played a game since Jan. 8, but the Hornets have a big one Wednesday vs. Franklin.

After beating Rockland, No. 8 Silver Lake scored a big Patriot win over Plymouth North before ending the week with a tough loss to Marshfield.

For No. 9 Duxbury, the Marshfield loss started the week – 2-1 in OT in the Green Cup. The Dragons also battled against powerful Xaverian in another OT loss, but finished the week strong by beating Whitman-Hanson.

Back in the rankings at No. 10 is Newburyport. Despite the loss to Canton, the Clippers knocked off North Reading, then scored a big win Saturday vs. D1 St. Mary’s.

Among the key games coming up this week is Monday’s matchup between Walpole and Norwood (4, Skating Club), which was postponed from December. Silver Lake has an interesting nonleaguer Monday vs. Dartmouth (7, Hetland); Gloucester hosts Marblehead (6, Dorothy Talbot) and Masconomet is home Wednesday vs. Danvers (6:30, Essex); Tewksbury hosts Lincoln-Sudbury on Friday (7:10, Breakaway); Duxbury welcomes Hanover on Saturday (5:40, the Bog), and Newburyport is on the road Saturday vs. Lynnfield (noon, McVann-O’Keefe). Tewksbury, Canton and Walpole also will be taking part in the 16-team Ed Burns Tournament, which begins Sunday, with matchups to be determined later this week.

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