Massachusetts Boys D4 Top 10
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.