Massachusetts Boys D2 Top 10
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).