Mass. HS Boys Hockey – Division 2 Top 10: Tewksbury Suffers First Loss, But Still On Top; Masconomet, Duxbury Pick Up Ranked Victories

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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Tewksbury’s unbeaten run finally hit a snag over the weekend when the Redmen dropped a thriller to Marshfield in the semifinals of the Ed Burns Coffee Pot Hockey Classic. But that isn’t enough to move them out of the top spot in the Hockey Night in Boston Massachusetts Division 2 rankings. Tewksbury also scored a shutout win over Lowell in DCL/MVC 2 play last week.

Masconomet kept hold on the No. 2 spot thanks to a thrilling overtime victory over Gloucester to lock up the Northeastern Conference’s Dunn Division. Masco also grinded out a win over Marblehead.

No. 3 Canton did survive its semifinal in its division of the Ed Burns Classic, beating Natick, in addition to a Hockomock League win over Taunton.

Despite the loss to Masco, Gloucester remains in the No. 4 spot. Two of the Fishermen’s three losses this season have come to Masco in OT.

The first move comes at No. 5, where Duxbury continues its red-hot play. The Dragons rolled to Patriot League wins over Whitman-Hanson, Plymouth North, and then a top-10 showdown with Silver Lake.

Norwood dropped a spot to No. 6 after tying Westwood and then bouncing back to beat Hopkinton in the Tri-Valley League.

No. 7 Walpole bounced back from a heartbreaking shootout loss to Natick in the Ed Burns Classic to win in regulation in a Bay State Conference game, then took down Milton, before falling to Burlington in an Ed Burns consolation matchup.

The loss to Duxbury dropped Silver Lake to No. 8, but not before the Lakers also scored a nonleague win over North Attleboro and a Patriot League conquest of North Quincy.

Red-hot Quincy bumps up a spot to No. 9 after PL sweeps of Pembroke and Hanover.

Newburyport checks back into the rankings at No. 10.

While there are no top-10 head-to-head matchups this week, plenty of teams face tough matchups against ranked opponents from other divisions:

Monday – Triton at Masconomet (3, Graf); Holliston at Norwood (4, Skating Club of Boston); Gloucester at Woburn (6, O’Brien).

Tuesday – Boston Latin at Tewksbury (6, Breakaway).

Wednesday – Bishop Feehan at Canton (4:30, Metropolis); Ashland at Norwood (5, Skating Club of Boston); Quincy at Plymouth South (5:30, Armstrong); Silver Lake at Abington (5:50, Rockland); Duxbury at Hingham (6, Pilgrim); Weymouth at Walpole (7, Rodman); Newburyport at Amesbury (8:10; Haverhill VF).

Friday – Mansfield at Canton (4, Metropolis).

Saturday – Masconomet at Lynnfield (12, McVann-O’Keefe); Needham at Walpole (1, Rodman); Newburyport at St. John’s Prep (2, Essex); Marshfield at Duxbury, 3:40 (Bog); Medfield at Norwood (5, Skating Club of Boston); Winthrop at Gloucester (6, Talbot); Plymouth North at Quincy (6:40, Quincy).

Sunday – Canton vs. Reading (Ed Burns Coffee Pot Hockey Classic, TBA); Tewksbury vs. TBA (Ed Burns Coffee Pot Hockey Classic); Walpole vs. TBA (Ed Burns Coffee Pot Hockey Classic); Saugus at Masconomet (4:20, Haverhill VF).

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