Mass. HS Boys Hockey – EMass. Division 3 Top 10: Hanover Suffers First Loss; Somerset Berkley, Nantucket Still Unbeaten

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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EMass Boys Division 3 Top 10

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Two teams remain unbeaten in this week’s Hockey Night in Boston Eastern Mass. Division 3 rankings, but neither of them is the team at the top.

Hanover, last year’s co-state champion, continues to reside in the No. 1 spot despite suffering its first loss of the 2021 season. The Hawks fell to a strong Div. 2 Patriot League rival in Scituate, but bounced back with a win over North Quincy. Hanover has Pembroke and Quincy on the schedule this week.

No. 2 Hopkinton also holds its position, as the Hillers finally returned to the ice with a solid 6-0 win over Bellingham. Hopkinton was slated for a pair of tough tests upcoming against Div. 2 Westwood, which it has beaten once already this season.

At No. 3 is where we find unbeaten Somerset Berkley, which edged past Bourne in its only action last week. The Raiders had a scheduled Monday game vs. Greater New Bedford postponed by weather, and also were to face Old Rochester/Fairhaven.

Also unbeaten is No. 4 Nantucket, which scored perhaps the biggest win of the week when the Whalers took down Div. 1 Falmouth, 5-4. Up next are road trips to Mashpee/Monomoy and Martha’s Vineyard.

Norwell continues to roll since its heartbreaking last-second loss to Nantucket, and the No. 5 Clippers cruised to South Shore League wins over Rockland and Abington. They get a potentially tough matchup vs. Middleboro on Thursday, then East Bridgewater on Saturday.

Dartmouth had a rough go of it for the second time in as many games vs. a Div. 1 team, this time against Southeast Conference rival Bridgewater-Raynham. The Indians have a makeup game vs. Bishop Feehan, as well as a scheduled matchup with Cardinal Spellman.

Lowell sits at No. 7 again after splitting with Methuen. The Red Raiders have a tough upcoming stretch.

No. 8 Shawsheen also held its ground, despite suffering its first loss against Commonwealth rival Essex Tech. The Rams bounced back with a win over previously unbeaten Latin Academy, and have a CAC matchup with Northeast this week.

The first of the new teams at the bottom this week is No. 9 Dracut/Tyngsboro, which swept a pair with Haverhill and previously split games with Lowell. D/T has a big test Wednesday against Div. 2 power Tewksbury.

Essex Tech is in the rankings at No. 10 off its win over Shawsheen. The Hawks had the first of two games vs. St. Joseph Prep postponed by Monday’s storm, but they are scheduled again for Wednesday, as well as Lowell Catholic and Latin Academy back-to-back over the weekend.

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