Mass. HS Boys Hockey – Division 3 Final Regular Season Top 10: Despite Tough OT Losses, Marlboro, Lynnfield Enter Post-Season As Top Contenders

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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An argument could be made for either Marlboro or Lynnfield at the top of the final regular-season Hockey Night in Boston Massachusetts Division 3 rankings. Marlboro won 17 straight following a season-opening tie, but wrapped it up with a heartbreaking late overtime loss to Nashoba in the CMADA Class A final. Meanwhile, Lynnfield ended its season by dropping an overtime game of its own to D2 Gloucester.

Encompassing the entire season, Marlboro gets the nod at No. 1, and the Panthers will be the top seed in the MIAA Division 3 tournament, as well. No. 2 Lynnfield likely will be seeded behind No. 5 Hanover and No. 6 Scituate (the likely 2-3 seeds, in some order) in the official MIAA standings. No. 3 Hopedale and No. 4 Medway should earn top seeds as well.

No. 8 Nashoba jumps up in the rankings off its OT win over Marlboro and CMass. title. No. 9 West Springfield fell in the PVIAC Class A final, but the loss won’t count toward the Terriers’ MIAA postseason ratings.

No. 7 Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk will be an interesting team for the postseason. The Falcons have been a high-scoring team, but their MIAA rating is dinged by their schedule. No. 10 Bishop Stang rounds out the final regular-season rankings.

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