Mass. HS Boys Hockey – Division 4 Top 10: Norwell Stays On A Roll; Dedham, Worcester Return To Rankings Off Big Weeks

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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The top three teams in this week’s Hockey Night in Boston Massachusetts Division 4 rankings remain unchanged, but there was plenty of movement throughout the rest of the top 10.

Start at No. 1, where Norwell continued its brilliant run through the South Shore League by sweeping Rockland, Middleboro and Hull/Cohasset to secure another league championship.

No. 2 Stoneham continues to show why it will be a serious threat in the postseason, beating D1 Burlington and D2 Wilmington in Middlesex Freedom play.

Sandwich bounced back from a loss to Falmouth the previous week to battle to a 2-2 tie in the Cape & Islands Atlantic rematch. The No. 3 Blue Knights also rolled past Bourne to win the Canal Cup.

Staying on the other side of the canal, new No. 4 Martha’s Vineyard finally got back into action in style, beating St. John Paul II in a league game and edging Whitman-Hanson in overtime.

No. 5 Watertown is on the rise again in the Middlesex Freedom, taking down D2 Melrose as well as Burlington.

Winthrop had a tough week to fall to No. 6, tying Danvers before falling to Bishop fenwick and Marblehead (in overtime).

On the flip side, it was a good week for No. 7 Shawsheen, which toppled Lowell Catholic and Greater Lowell/Nashoba Tech.

Dedham is back in the rankings for the first time since early in the season. The Marauders are No. 8 with a strong week that included a win over new No. 9 Ashland.

Meanwhile, the Clockers bounced back from that loss with big Tri-Valley League wins over Holliston and Westwood.

A new entry at No. 10 is Worcester – the co-op program knocked both Assabet Valley and Fitchburg/Monty Tech from the rankings with wins last week.

The big matchup this week pits Watertown and Stoneham, this time at Stoneham Arena (Saturday, 4 p.m.). The Spartans were 3-2 winners in their earlier meeting.

Monday – Sandwich at Barnstable (6:30, Kennedy).

Tuesday – Beverly at Winthrop (Larsen).

Wednesday – Nantucket at Norwell (4:20, Bog); Martha’s Vineyard at Bourne (4:30, Gallo); Ashland at Norwood (5, Skating Club of Boston); Wakefield at Stoneham (6, Stoneham); St. Paul at Worcester (6, Buffone); Dedham at Dover-Sherborn/Weston (7, Rivers); Shawsheen at Northeast (7, Allied); Winthrop at Saugus (7:50, Kasabuski); Barnstable at Sandwich (8, Gallo); Wilmington at Watertown (8, Ryan).

Thursday – Minuteman at Shawsheen (7:10, Hallenborg).

Friday – Norwell at Middleboro (5:20, Bridgewater); Dedham at Holliston (7:10, NESC).

Saturday – Worcester vs. Grafton/Blackstone Valley (2:30, DCU); Martha’s Vineyard at Nauset (4, Charles Moore); Watertown at Stoneham (4, Stoneham); Hopkinton at Ashland (4:50, Loring); Winthrop at Gloucester (6, Talbot); Dedham at Norton, 7:10 (Foxboro); Pembroke at Sandwich (8, Gallo).

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