EMass Boys Division 3 Top 10
The top two teams in this week’s Hockey Night in Boston Eastern Mass. Division 3 boys hockey rankings could face their biggest challenges of the season in the upcoming days.
Start with No. 1 Hanover, which swept a pair of Patriot League games last week while also cruising past a ranked Dartmouth in a rematch of last year’s Division 3 South final. The Hawks close the regular season Tuesday afternoon against Scituate, then open up Patriot Cup play against unbeaten Division 1 power Hingham.
No. 2 Somerset Berkley has just one game before the South Coast Conference playoffs, but it’s a biggie against fellow unbeaten Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk. The teams had their earlier matchup postponed, so this is the only meeting officially on the docket.
Hopkinton drops a spot to No. 3 after splitting a Tri-Valley League pair with Westwood.
No. 5 Norwell hasn’t hit the ice since Jan. 30, and the Clippers were awaiting the upcoming South Shore League tournament to drop the puck again.
Lowell swept Merrimack Valley rival Methuen to move up a spot to No. 6. The teams are going to be plenty familiar with each — a reworked schedule has them playing twice more this week before the upcoming MVC Cup.
Entering the rankings this week is No. 7 Newton South, which had won three straight against a pair of DCL powers in Lincoln-Sudbury and Acton-Boxboro. The Lions got another one Monday night vs. unbeaten Waltham.
Shawsheen holds steady at No. 8, having prevailed against Northeast in its only action last week. The Rams had a scheduled home matchup Thursday vs. Latin Academy.
Dartmouth’s recent struggles continued, sending the Indians down in the rankings to No. 9. They had a chance to get back on track Wednesday vs. new No. 10 Bishop Stang, which they beat to open the season.
As for Stang, the Spartans have won four straight since an 0-4 start, three of the losses to Bishop Feehan, Archbishop Williams and Hingham. They also faced Nantucket on Monday to open the week.