Mass. HS Boys Hockey – EMass. Division 3 Top 10: Hanover Holds Top Spot; Unbeaten Latin Academy Makes Strong Season 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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Now that we are three full weeks into game action for a majority of teams in Massachusetts, there is finally starting to be some movement in the Hockey Night in Boston News Eastern Mass. Division 3 boys’ hockey rankings.

One spot that still hasn’t changed is at the top, where Hanover holds on to the No. 1 spot. The Hawks bounced both Pembroke and Quincy in Patriot League play last week, though a scheduled showdown of unbeatens against Hingham was postponed. Hanover still was scheduled to meet Scituate and North Quincy this week.

Hopkinton hasn’t had any game action since beating Westwood on Jan. 13, but some movement around the Hillers allowed them to jump up to No. 2. The Hillers hope to get back onto the ice this week against Medfield for a pair of games.

Somerset Berkley scored a huge win over Wareham/Carver last week, helping push the unbeaten Blue Raiders up to No. 3. The lone game this week is scheduled vs. Bourne, which gave SB its toughest test of the season back on Jan. 9 (a 4-3 win).

No. 4 Dartmouth suffered its first loss of the season Saturday in a tough non-league showdown with Div. 1 power Falmouth. The Indians did beat Southeast Conference foe Durfee last week, and were on the docket for a busy week against Old Rochester/Fairhaven (Monday), then Bridgewater-Raynham (Wednesday).

No. 5 Nantucket suffered its first blemish last week, but it was a 3-3 tie with fellow unbeaten Sandwich, which is ranked in Division 2. The Whalers were slated to take on Falmouth on the road on Saturday.

No. 6 Norwell has the early lead in the South Shore League, thanks to a pair of wins last week over Rockland and Cohasset. The Clippers have a rematch this week with Rockland, this time on the road (Wednesday), and also host unbeaten Abington on Saturday.

Lowell took a bit of a hit, sliding down to No. 7 after splitting a pair of games against Dracut/Tyngsboro in the Merrimack Valley Conference. Next up for the Red Raiders is a home-and-home vs. Methuen.

No. 8 Shawsheen swept a pair of games against Greater Lowell/Nashoba Tech in Commonwealth play. The Rams face a pair of tests this week, first vs. Essex Tech (Thursday at Hallenborg), then Saturday vs. Latin Academy.

Speaking of Latin Academy, the Dragons finally hit the ice last week and scored a pair of big wins over Northeast and Essex Tech to break into the rankings at No. 9. Before the scheduled game vs. Shawsheen, LA also is slated to visit Bishop Stang on Wednesday.

Two South Shore League rivals — Abington and Middleboro — share the No. 10 spot this week. They skated to a 4-4 tie last week and have identical 2-0-1 marks. The Green Wave take on Cohasset as well as Norwell, while the Sachems will be sidelined this week.

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