Mass. HS Boys Hockey – Division 4 Top 10: No. 1 Stoneham Tops No. 4 Watertown; No. 2 Sandwich; No. 3 Norwell Keeps Winning

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 D4 Top 10

RankTeam*PRWLT
1Stoneham1730
2Sandwich2621
3Norwell3510
4Watertown5440
5Fitchburg/Monty Tech6700
6Ashland7430
7WinthropNR330
8Shawsheen8610
9Martha's Vineyard10610
10Chicopee CompNR800
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Now that Stoneham has reached the No. 1 spot in the Hockey Night in Boston Massachusetts Division 4 boys’ hockey rankings, the Spartans don’t appear to be ready to give it up any time soon. Stoneham ran its win streak to seven since an 0-3 start, the most recent a sweep of Middlesex Freedom rivals Wakefield and ranked Watertown. The Spartans face Lowell Catholic on Monday, then it’s a big showdown Saturday vs. Middlesex Liberty power Arlington.

No. 2 Sandwich got back on track by handling Central Mass. visitor Grafton/Blackstone Valley. The Blue Knights had Wednesday’s game vs. Barnstable postponed, but are slated to visit Dennis-Yarmouth on Saturday.

No. 3 Norwell rolled over Rockland in its lone game last week. Next up for the Clippers is D2 Dartmouth on Monday, then a pair of South Shore matchups with Hull/Cohasset (Wednesday) and East/West Bridgewater (Saturday).

Despite the loss to Stoneham, Watertown is up to No. 4. The Raiders did score a nice win over D2 Wilmington in the Middlesex League, but it gets tough this week with three D1 ML rivals – Woburn (Monday), Burlington (Wednesday) and Reading (Saturday).

Fitchburg/Monty Tech moved up to No. 5, staying unbeaten with a win over Greater Lowell/Nashoba Tech. The Bulldogs put their perfect mark to the test this week vs. St. Bernard’s (Thursday) and Lunenburg/Ayer Shirley (Saturday).

Ashland hasn’t played since Jan. 2, but the No. 6 Clockers meet Westboro (Monday) and Abington (Wednesday) in nonleague games, then powerful Tri-Valley rival Medway on Saturday.

Winthrop is back in the rankings at No. 7 after getting back to .500, and the Vikings are getting on a bit of a roll with strong wins over Gloucester and Marblehead in the Northeastern Conference. Winthrop will try to keep it going this week vs. D1 Bishop Fenwick and D2 Masconomet.

Shawsheen stays at No. 8, thanks to a sweep of Northeast and Rockport. The Rams have a big Commonwealth tilt Monday vs. Essex Tech.

Martha’s Vineyard moved up to No. 9, edging past Bourne and Monomoy/Mashpee last week. The Vineyarders will try to avenge their lone loss Saturday at home vs. island archrival Nantucket.

This week’s new entry is unbeaten Chicopee Comp at No. 10. The Colts have been rolling through Western Mass. competition, which continues this week vs. Amherst (Monday), Wahconah (Wednesday) and Ludlow (Saturday).

NOTE: These rankings do not reflect the MIAA power rankings, which will be used for seeding purposes in the state tournament.

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