Mass. HS Boys Hockey – Division 3 Final Top 10: Hanover Back On Top Again After Edging #2 Marlboro For State Championship

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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Massachusetts Boys D3 Final Top 10

RankTeam*PRWLT
1Hanover51871
2Marlboro12121
3Scituate61880
4Lynnfield21941
5Medway41940
6Hopedale31920
7DanversNR1184
8Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk72020
9Nashoba81840
10West Springfield91830
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At the start of the 2021-22 season, the headline on the Hockey Night in Boston Massachusetts Division 3 rankings read, “Hanover The Team To Beat Again.”

While a lot happened in the three-plus months since puck drop in December, that proved to be prophetic. The Hawks rose to the occasion in the postseason once again, following up their co-championship for 2020 and winning the program’s sixth state championship overall since 1997.

The preseason rankings also were bullish on Marlboro having a big season out of Central Mass. and the Panthers did just that, earning the top seed in the bracket and reaching the state final. Marlboro spent much of the season atop the list, but settles for #2 at the end.

Scituate ends the season right where it began, at #3. The Sailors dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker to Hanover in the state semifinals.

While unranked at the start, Lynnfield grabbed attention early and never let up, finishing at #4.

Always-tough Medway also ended the season in the familiar #5 spot after starting there in December. The Mustangs are another team that gave Hanover a one-goal battle, this one in the quarterfinals.

Hopedale surged into the rankings as it continued a nearly two-year unbeaten run, with the Raiders wrapping it up at #6.

Resurgent Danvers overcame offseason turmoil, pushing Marlboro to the limit under first-year coach Kevin Fessette, the Falcons settling at #7.

#8 Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk got a tough draw having to face Scituate in the second round, but the Falcons put up a strong fight after a big regular season.

At #9, Nashoba also saw its season end at the hands of Scituate, this time in the quarterfinals. The Wolves were the only other team to beat Marlboro this season.

#10 West Springfield represents Western Mass. on the list, bowing out to Hopedale in a tight Round of 16 matchup.

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