Mass. HS Boys Hockey – Division 4 Top 10: Red-Hot Norwell New No. 1; Assabet Valley Makes Rankings Debut

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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Massachusetts Boys D4 Top 10

RankTeam*PRWLT
1Norwell31010
2Stoneham1850
3Sandwich2831
4Winthrop5540
5Martha's Vineyard8610
6Ashland9750
7Assabet ValleyNR610
8Watertown7581
9Shawsheen6830
10Fitchburg/Monty Tech41010
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For the first time in three weeks, there is a new No. 1 team atop the Hockey Night in Boston Massachusetts Division 4 rankings.

Norwell took control of the South Shore League race with another win last week, this time against Abington. The Clippers ran their win streak to seven games overall.

No. 2 Stoneham took its first real stumble of the season, falling to D2 Beverly. The Spartans’ previous four losses had been to D1 competition in the Middlesex League.

No. 3 Sandwich also had a tough go in a league game, losing to D1 Falmouth. The Blue Knights did open the week with a solid Cape & Islands win over Nauset.

Winthrop continues to recover from a slow start, moving up to No. 4 and above .500 with a nonleague victory over Cambridge.

We haven’t seen No. 5 Martha’s Vineyard since Jan. 15, but this looks to be the week the Vineyarders finally get back on the ice.

No. 6 Ashland also is over .500 again, having swept past Tri-Valley foes Dover-Sherborn/Weston and Bellingham.

A new face enters the rankings this week in a big way, as Assabet Valley rockets up to No. 7. The Aztecs suffered their only loss on Dec. 15, and have been rolling since getting back to regular action, including a win over Lunenburg/Ayer Shirley last week.

No. 8 Watertown’s tough schedule continues to take its toll. The Raiders had a huge tie with D1 Winchester, beat D2 Melrose, but also lost to D2 Wakefield.

Shawsheen slips to No. 9 after splitting a pair last week, losing to Haverhill but bouncing back to beat Greater Lowell/Nashoba Tech.

No. 10 Fitchburg/Monty Tech hangs on to a spot in the rankings after seeing its unbeaten run end with a loss to Northbridge. Before that, the Bulldogs edged past Gardner.

Here is this week’s schedule for top-10 teams:

Monday: Assabet Valley vs. Hopedale, 4 (Navin); Winthrop vs. Bishop Fenwick, 5:30 (Larsen); Ashland vs. Dedham, 7 (Nobles); Norwell vs. Rockland, 8 (Bog).

Wednesday: Assabet Valley at Northbridge, 4 (NESC); Martha’s Vineyard vs. St. John Paul II, 4:30 (Vineyard); Ashland at Holliston, 4:50 (Loring); Norwell vs. Middleboro, 5 (Bog); Stoneham vs. Burlington, 6 (Stoneham); Sandwich vs. Falmouth, 6 (Gallo); Watertown vs. Melrose, 6 (Ryan); Fitchburg/Monty Tech at Worcester, 8 (Buffone); Winthrop at Danvers, 8:50 (Essex).

Saturday: Stoneham at Wilmington, 12:30 (Ristuccia); Fitchburg/Monty Tech at Oakmont, 1 (Iorio); Winthrop vs. Marblehead, 1:30 (Larsen); Watertown vs. Burlington, 2:20 (Ryan); Martha’s Vineyard vs. Whitman-Hanson, 4 (Vineyard); Ashland vs. Westwood, 5:30 (Loring); Assabet Valley vs. Worcester, 6:30 (Navin); Norwell vs. Hull/Cohasset, 7:40 (Bog); Sandwich vs. Bourne, 8 (Gallo); Shawsheen at Greater Lowell/Nashoba Tech, 8 (Chelmsford).

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