Massachusetts Boys D3 Top 10
As the calendar begins to flip toward February and Massachusetts hockey begins to enter the stretch run, there still are four unbeaten teams in the top 10 of the Hockey Night in Boston Division 3 rankings.
No. 1 Marlboro is one of them, the Panthers on an 11-game winning streak since the season-opening tie against Sandwich. The last of those wins were over Westboro and Auburn last week.
Hanover is up a spot to No. 2, the Hawks having scored a resounding win over D1 Falmouth in their only matchup last week.
No. 3 Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk took care of Attleboro in a nonleague game, extending its unbeaten streak to 22 games.
Scituate hit a roadblock last week with its loss to North Quincy. The No. 4 Sailors bounced back with a win over Plymouth North.
Medway stays at No. 5 off of wins over Tri-Valley League rivals Holliston and Hopkinton.
No. 6 Hopedale gutted out a win over Worcester to keep its unbeaten run going.
No. 7 Bishop Stang gave Ken Gouveia his 100th win at the helm of the Spartans when they beat Foxboro, 5-2, to win the delayed Dartmouth Christmas Tournament championship. The Spartans also were 2-0 winners over Bishop Feehan in the annual Reid Braga Cup.
No. 8 Lynnfield took command of the Cape Ann League’s Kinney Division, beating both Triton and Newburyport.
No. 9 Essex Tech qualified for the postseason with Sunday night’s blanking of Hudson. The Hawks also tied Latin Academy for the second time this season.
On the heels of an eight-game win streak. West Springfield checks in this week at No. 10 from Western Mass. The last of those eight wins was last week over East Longmeadow, and the Terriers haven’t lost since back-to-back games against Longmeadow and Auburn in late December.
While there are no matchups of top-10 teams this week, there is plenty of action scheduled for the ponds across the state:
Monday: Hopedale at Assabet Valley, 4 (Navin); Hanover at Duxbury, 4:30 (Bog); Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk at Greater New Bedford, 8.
Wednesday: Hopedale at Grafton/Blackstone Valley, 4 (Buffone); Scituate at Plymouth South, 5:30 (Armstrong); Medway vs. Dover-Sherborn/Weston, 6 (Sgt. Pirelli); Bishop Stang vs. Latin Academy, 6 (Hetland); Hanover vs. Whitman-Hanson, 6:10 (Hobomock); Marlboro vs. Algonquin, 6:30 (Navin); Essex Tech vs. Cambridge, 6:30 (Essex); Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk at Norton, 7.Saturday: Bishop Stang vs. St. Joseph Prep, 12 (Hetland); Lynnfield vs. North Reading, 12 (McVann-O’Keefe); Essex Tech vs. Minuteman, 12 (Essex); Hopedale vs. Westboro, 3 (Blackstone); Scituate vs. Marshfield, 3:10 (Hobomock); Medway at Dedham, 5:15 (Nobles); Hanover at Quincy, 6:40 (Quincy); Marlboro vs. Hudson, 7:30 (Navin); Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk at Everett, 7:30.