Mass. HS Boys Hockey – Division 4 Top 10: Red-Hot Stoneham New No. 1; Two Big Matchups Of Ranked Teams This Week

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
1Stoneham2530
2Sandwich1521
3Norwell3410
4Nantucket4330
5Watertown7330
6Fitchburg/Monty Tech8600
7Ashland9430
8Shawsheen6410
9Grafton/Blackstone Valley10311
10Martha's VineyardNR410
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It was just a matter of time before Stoneham got untracked. That’s a big reason why the Spartans still were a top-10 team despite an 0-3 start against tough Middlesex Liberty competition, but now they have run over five wins in a row and ascended to the top spot in this week’s Hockey Night in Boston Massachusetts Division 4 rankings. The Spartans took care of Freedom Division rivals Burlington and Wilmington last week, and now set their sights on Wakefield (Wednesday) and a key top-10 showdown Saturday at Watertown.

Sandwich’s stay in the No. 1 spot is over for now, but the Blue Knights don’t fall too far despite a loss Saturday to unbeaten CMass Division 3 opponent Hopedale. Sandwich did rally to edge Nauset last week, but it will be a big week – Cape & Islands power Falmouth on Wednesday, then another top-10 visit Saturday from Grafton/Blackstone Valley.

No. 3 Norwell took care of business last week against East/West Bridgewater in South Shore League play, which continues this week vs. Rockland (Wednesday) and Hull/Cohasset (Saturday).

No. 4 Nantucket has been off for a while, and doesn’t return again until Saturday vs. Dennis-Yarmouth.

Up to No. 5 is Watertown, despite being idle last week. The Raiders have Saturday’s big game vs. Stoneham, but can’t overlook an ML Freedom matchup Wednesday vs. Wilmington.

Fitchburg/Monty Tech is another riser as the Bulldogs swept Gardner, Littleton/Bromfield and Lunenburg/Ayer Shirley to move to No. 6. Next up are Northbridge (Wednesday) and Greater Lowell/Nashoba Tech (Saturday).

Ashland also bumps up two spots to No. 7 despite being off last week. The Clockers have only one game on tap this week, Wednesday vs. Bellingham.

No. 8 Shawsheen tumbled a couple of spots after losing Sunday vs. Methuen. The Rams have a key Commonwealth battle Thursday vs. Northeast, then face former CAC foe Rockport on Saturday.

No. 9 Grafton/Blackstone Valley eyes Saturday’s trip to Gallo to take on Sandwich, but first the Gators face off Wednesday vs. Lunenburg/Ayer Shirley.

Breaking into the rankings this week is No. 10 Martha’s Vineyard, which iced both Dennis-Yarmouth and St. John Paul II last week and has lost just once vs. islands rival Nantucket. The Vineyarders stay on the Cape for a pair of games vs. Bourne (Wednesday) and Monomoy/Mashpee (Saturday).

** Featured image courtesy of @BEACHSKATES

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