Massachusetts Boys D2 Top 10
The HNIB News rankings have settled a bit when it comes to Massachusetts Division 2 boys hockey, with no movement in the top five this week. In fact, nine of the teams remain unbeaten entering the final week in January of the shortened season.
No. 1 Lincoln-Sudbury continues to roll through the schedule, sweeping past a tough Boston Latin team that was playing its first game action of the season. The Warriors, who still have not lost in nearly a calendar year (Jan. 27, 2020 vs. St. John’s), are slated for a pair of matchups with a solid Newton South squad this week.
Medway had a tougher time of it, but the No. 2 Mustangs squeezed out a pair of high-scoring wins against Norton in the Tri-Valley League. Next up this week is a home-and home with Dedham.
No. 3 Tewksbury had a big week with three wins, the last of them a historic 250th for longtime coach Derek Doherty. That stretch included another win over North Andover, then a sweep of Div. 1 Chelmsford. The Redmen have another huge week on tap with a pair of games against unbeaten Central Catholic.
Lurking at No. 4 is Canton, which continues to chug along with an unbeaten mark, taking home a pair of wins over North Attleboro. The Bulldogs added a Hockomock crossover matchup Monday vs. Attleboro, and were scheduled to face Oliver Ames later in the week.
Triton suffered the only blemish among the top five last week, but the No. 5 Vikings battled to a tie with Cape Ann archrival Newburyport. They also rolled past Rockport, and will look to take on Hamilton-Wenham and North Reading this week.
The first movement comes at No. 6, where Stoneham is up a spot. The Spartans made waves with a 3-1 win over Middlesex Freedom power Burlington and also blanked Watertown, which they are scheduled to face again to end this week.
No. 7 Masconomet still hasn’t been seriously tested in the Northeastern Conference, taking down Saugus and Peabody by identical 8-1 scores. That should change this week when Masco is slated to take on Winthrop and Gloucester.
Speaking of Gloucester, the Fishermen crack the rankings this week at No. 8 after edging Winthrop and taking down Beverly. Before hosting Masco on Saturday, the red-hot Fishermen also have a huge test Wednesday vs. Marblehead.
Sandwich climbs a spot to No. 9, despite suffering its first blemish in a 3-3 tie with a strong Nantucket squad. But the Blue Knights also beat Barnstable for the first time in 11 years, and had another big test Monday night at home vs. Falmouth. Nauset and Dennis-Yarmouth also are on the schedule this week.
Checking in at No. 10 is Plymouth North, the lone ranked team with a loss. But that came against unbeaten Div. 1 power Hingham, and the Blue Eagles also have tied and beaten Duxbury, the latter of those coming Saturday (3-2). North has a huge week ahead with a pair of Div. 1 matchups against Hingham and Marshfield.