Massachusetts Boys D3 Top 10
The top part of the Hockey Night in Boston Massachusetts Division 3 boys’ hockey rankings is essentially unchanged, but the teams took some different routes to get there.
Marlboro had little trouble holding on to the No. 1 spot, rolling past Leominster and then edging Longmeadow. The Panthers face Nashoba Regional (Monday) Westboro in their action this week.
Only Marlboro is blocking Medway from the top spot, since the No. 2 Mustangs continue to impress, including handing Tri-Valley rival Norwood its first loss of the season. Medway still hasn’t lost to an MIAA team, and will look to continue that run this week vs. Westwood (Wednesday) and Ashland (Saturday).
No. 3 Scituate and No. 4 Hanover held their spots from last week despite some bumps in the road. The Sailors dropped a tight one to D1 Bridgewater-Raynham before bouncing back to sweep Quincy on back-to-back nights. This week the Sailors meet Whitman-Hanson (Monday), Pembroke (Wednesday) and Southeastern (Saturday).
As for Hanover, the Hawks were blanked by D1 Marshfield in their only game last week. They also will be busy this week with a trio of Patriot League matchups – Pembroke (Monday), Quincy (Wednesday) and Plymouth South (Saturday).
We finally got to see Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk again. The No. 5 Falcons stayed unbeaten with a win over Old Rochester/Fairhaven, their first game since Dec. 29 and first against an MIAA team since Dec. 22. D-R/S has Wareham/Carver on Wednesday before a South Coast showdown with unbeaten Somerset Berkley on Saturday.
No. 6 Bishop Stang has been anything but quiet, sweeping Cardinal Spellman and Bourne by a combined 13-0. The Spartans, who have allowed only five goals in nine games (two in their last eight) host Nantucket on Saturday.
A pair of Central Mass. unbeatens – No. 7 Nashoba and No. 8 Hopedale – are next on the list. The Wolves returned from a break with a win over Groton-Dunstable, and take on Marlboro (Monday), Hudson (Wednesday) and Northbridge (Saturday). Red-hot Hopedale crunched St. Paul and Oakmont, and has a tough week with Worcester (Monday), Grafton/Blackstone Valley (Wednesday) and Minnechaug (Saturday).
No. 9 North Reading cracks the rankings after winning seven in a row since an opening loss, including a solid win last week over No. 10 Lynnfield. The Hornets also edged Triton, and now get a tough test Wednesday vs. D2 Newburyport. As for the Pioneers, they bounced back from the loss to shut out Pentucket, and will travel to Westwood for a nonleague battle Monday and host Groton-Dunstable on Saturday.
NOTE: These rankings do not reflect the MIAA power rankings, which will be used for seeding purposes in the state tournament.