Mass. HS Boys Hockey – Division 3 Top 10: No. 1 Marlboro, No. 2 Hopedale On Collision Course; No. 3 Hanover Scores Big Overtime Win

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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This week’s top two teams in the Hockey Night in Boston Massachusetts Division 3 boys rankings both hail from Central Mass., and could be on a collision course in the near future.

No. 1 Marlboro has been at the top of the rankings for much of the season, and the Panthers hold that spot thanks to victories last week over Hudson and Groton-Dunstable.

Meanwhile, new No. 2 Hopedale has been steadily rising all season as the victories continue to pile up – 27 in a row dating back to last season. The Raiders squeezed out tough wins over Assabet Valley and Northbridge last week and now are the No. 2 seed, behind Marlboro, in the new Central Mass. Athletic Directors Association tournament. Should both keep winning, they will square off sometime next week for the inaugural championship.

The No. 3 spot already was decided on the ice last Saturday, as Hanover squeezed past Scituate in overtime to split the regular-season series. That gives the Hawks the slight edge at this point over the Sailors, who settle in at No. 4.

Red-hot Lynnfield climbs to No. 5 this week fresh off a solid win over Medford, as well as a 1-1 tie with D2 power Masconomet.

Bishop Stang remains at No. 6 and continues its own unbeaten run back to last season. The Spartans added wins over St. John Paul II and Nantucket last week.

No. 7 Medway needed only a Tri-Valley League win over Norton to move up one spot.

Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk finally suffered its first loss in two seasons, falling to Somerset Berkley. That drops the Falcons to No. 8 in this week’s rankings.

No. 9 West Springfield held its ground with a 3-0 week of wins against Easthampton, Greenfield and Belchertown.

Back in the rankings at No. 10 is Danvers. While the record might not be as sparkling as some teams, the Falcons have suffered all five losses (and two of their three ties) against D1 or D2 opponents.

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