Massachusetts Boys D3 Final Top 10
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.