Massachusetts Boys D4 Top 10
Norwell not only locked up another South Shore League championship, but the Clippers also secured their grip on the No. 1 spot in the Hockey Night in Boston Massachusetts Division 4 rankings. In addition to a nonleague win over Nantucket, the Clippers took down Middleboro to finish a perfect season in league play heading into Wednesday’s Old Oaken Bucket showdon against Scituate.
No. 2 Sandwich went 1-0-1 in a pair of games against D1 Barnstable in the Cape & Islands, then followed that up with a nonleague win over D3 Pembroke.
No. 3 Martha’s Vineyard has continued its impressive season with wins over Bourne and Nauset in C&I play. The Vineyarders have plenty of games on the docket over the final two weeks of the regular season.
Watertown scored the biggest win of the week, avenging an earlier loss to Stoneham by toppling its Middlesex Freedom rival. The Raiders also blanked Wilmington to aid their climb to No. 4 in the rankings.
The loss to Watertown was partly responsible for Stoneham dropping to No. 5, but the Spartans also struggled in a loss to resurgent D2 team Wakefield.
Shawsheen bumped up a spot to No. 6 with three wins – Latin Academy in a nonleague game, then Northeast and Minuteman in the Commonwealth. The league race comes down to a rematch Wednesday on the road against Essex Tech.
Just when it seemed Winthrop was on the upswing, the No. 7 Vikings hit another rough patch with losses to Beverly and Gloucester sandwiching a one-goal win against Saugus.
No. 8 Dedham bounced back from a loss to Dover-Sherborn/Weston to beat Holliston and Norton in Tri-Valley action, both wins by a goal.
Speaking of the TVL, No. 9 Ashland had quite the roller coaster. The Clockers squandered a three-goal lead in the third period before losing to Norwood in overtime, but turned the tables on Hopkinton with a four-goal third period and OT win.
No. 10 Chicopee Comp returns to the rankings with a sparkling record, as the Colts have won six in a row – three of them last week against Drury, Gardner and South Hadley.