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Mass. HS Boys Hockey – EMass. Division 3 Top 10: Huge Tests Coming Up This Week For Top Two Teams

EMass Boys Division 3 Top 10

RankTeam*PRWLT
1Hanover11011
2Somerset Berkley3600
3Hopkinton2420
4Nantucket4701
5Norwell5511
6Lowell7520
7Newton SouthNR323
8Shawsheen8511
9Dartmouth6430
10Bishop StangNR430
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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. 4 Nantucket holds the No. 4 position after sweeping past Mashpee/Monomoy and Martha’s Vineyard. The Whalers were putting their unbeaten record on the line against Bishop Stang on Monday.

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.

Jim Clark

Jim Clark

Jim Clark has covered Massachusetts high school hockey for three decades, and joins Hockey Night in Boston for the 2019-20 season. Previously he was the lead high school hockey writer for 19 years for the Boston Herald, where he also worked full-time on the copy desk in the sports department and served as the paper's 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 and reporter for the Sentinel & Enterprise in Fitchburg, Mass.
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