Massachusetts Division 2 Boys Poll
Rank Team W L T
1 Beverly 8 0 1
2 Tewksbury 5 1 1
3 Oliver Ames 3 0 1
4 Lincoln-Sudbury 5 1 2
5 North Reading 5 0 1
6 Marblehead 5 3 0
7 Amesbury 4 0 2
8 Martha's Vineyard 4 1 1
9 Winthrop 4 3 0
10 Canton 1 2 2
11 Medfield 6 0 1
12 North Andover 3 2 1
13 Masconomet 3 2 2
14 Danvers 3 4 0
15 Plymouth South 5 0 1
With their second straight key win over league rival Marblehead, this time by a 4-3 score, Beverly (8-0-1) remains unbeaten and in the #1 spot in HNIB’s Mass. Division II Top 15 poll. The Panthers will be tested again this week when they host Winthrop on Wednesday.
Tewksbury (5-1-1) also remains in the #2 spot, having knocked off Concord-Carlisle on Saturday for coach Derek Doherty’s 150th career win. The Redmen will host Wayland on Wednesday and Boston Latin on Saturday.
#3 Oliver Ames (3-0-1) is also unbeaten and most recently knocked off Hockomock foe King Philip, 3-1. The Tigers will have a stern test Wednesday taking on Mansfield at home. On Saturday, OA is at North Attleboro.
#4 Lincoln-Sudbury (5-1-2) earned a tie with Division I Acton-Boxboro, 2-2, over the weekend, and also got to skate at Fenway Park, defeating Boston Latin, 3-0. L-S hosts Weston on Wednesday and travels to Methuen for a Saturday matinee (12 noon).
Moving up the polls is #5 North Reading (5-0-1), which remains unbeaten behind the play of senior veteran goalie Keith Linnane. The Hornets have a battle with Newburport (1/7) looming, however. They also are at Pentucket on Saturday.
#6 Marblehead is at 5-3, but two of its losses have come at the hands of top-ranked Beverly (and the Headers were right there with the Panthers). Marblehead travels to Peabody on Wednesday and hosts rival Swampscott on Saturday.
Also unbeaten is #7 Amesbury (4-0-2). The Indians have been getting scoring from several different players and are playing some decent defense. A big tilt looms Wednesday with Masconomet. Amesbury hosts Lynnfield on Saturday.
#8 Martha’s Vineyard (4-1-1) continues its solid play, led by Tyson Araujo (6-11-17). The Vineyarders have a pair of ferry trips in order this week, at Bourne on Wednesday and at Coyle Cassidy on Saturday.
#9 Winthrop (4-3-0) has its eyes set on Wednesday’s match with Beverly, hoping to knock the Panthers from the unbeaten ranks. Chris Page (5-8-13) leads the way offensively for the Vikings, who edged Glouceser, 2-1, on Saturday.
Looking to make a run is #10 Canton (1-2-2), which did earn a 1-1 tie with Beverly. The Bulldogs host Attleboro Wednesday and are at Franklin on Saturday, hoping to get above. 500.
Up from Division 3, #11 Medfield (6-0-1) has been impressive and shown it will be reckoned with. The team is off until Saturday when it is at Medway.
#12 North Andover (3-2-1) gave Wilmington all it could handle in a 2-1 defeat. The Knights host D-3 heavy Bedford on Wednesday and Haverhill on Saturday.
Fellow Cape Ann rival Masconomet (3-2-2) is at #13. The Chieftains hope to take down Amesbury and will welcome Triton to the Valley Forum on Friday night.
#14 Danvers (3-4-0) has a busy week ahead, at Lynnfield today, at Gloucester on Wednesday and at Concord-Carlisle on Saturday. The Falcons can make some moves with a big week.
#15 Plymouth South (5-0-1) remains unbeaten on the South Shore, and has Division I squad Falmouth on the docket for Wednesday.
GAMES TO WATCH
Tuesday, January 7
Newburyport at North Reading, 7:00pm
Wednesday, January 8
Mansfield at Oliver Ames, 7:30pm
Amesbury at Mascoonomet, 7:50pm
Winthrop at Beverly, 6:20pm
Saturday, January 11
Martha’s Vineyard at Coyle Cassidy, 6:00pm
Canton at Franklin, 8:30pm