Mass. HS Boys Hockey – Division 3 Top 10: Lynnfield Closing In On No. 1 Marlboro; Hopedale, Bishop Stang Suffer First Defeats

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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Massachusetts Boys D3 Top 10

RankTeam*PRWLT
1Marlboro11701
2Lynnfield51621
3Hopedale21710
4Medway71730
5Hanover31261
6Scituate41370
7Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk81810
8West Springfield91720
9Bishop Stang61521
10NashobaNR1520
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The No. 1 spot in the Hockey Night in Boston Massachusetts Division 3 rankings remains unchanged, but there is a new team hot on Marlboro’s heels.

The Panthers continue to hold the top spot, advancing to the Class A championship game of the Central Mass. Athletic Directors Association tournament with a win over Algonquin. Marlboro also beat Auburn in a regular-season game.

Lynnfield continued its scorching play by winning a pair of games on Martha’s Vineyard in the Fairleigh Dickinson Tournament. The No. 2 Pioneers took down Plymouth North and the host Vineyarders, and also beat Wakefield. This week, Lynnfield tries to avenge one of its two losses when it travels to Gloucester.

No. 3 Hopedale’s nearly two-year run of wins finally was halted in a loss to Nashoba in the CMADA Class A semifinals. The Raiders had advanced with a late win over Wachusett in the quarterfinals.

Medway jumped to No. 4, beating Bellingham and getting a forfeit win from Burrillville (R.I.) to close the regular season.

It was a tough week for Patriot League rivals Hanover and Scituate, now Nos. 5-6, respectively. Hanover fell to Plymouth North, while the Sailors sandwiched losses to Norwell and Plymouth South around a win over Barnstable. The teams potentially could meet in this week’s Gould Memorial Tournament.

No. 7 Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk added four wins to its ledger – Apponequet twice, plus Bourne and Wareham/Carver. An interesting matchup with a solid D2 Dartmouth looms Wednesday.

West Springfield climbs to No. 8 with wins over Amherst and Westfield, and now the Terriers head into the PVIAC Class A tournament, drawing Ludlow in a semifinal.

No. 9 Bishop Stang’s unbeaten run hit a big snag in the Spartan Cup with losses to Dartmouth and Watertown. The Spartans wrap up their regular season vs. Matignon and Middleboro.

Thanks to its win over Hopedale, Nashoba is back in the rankings at No. 10, and the Wolves will look to upset the rankings some more when they meet Marlboro in Wednesday’s CMADA title game.

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