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Mass. HS Hockey: Beverly, Tewksbury still top Division 2 Poll

Massachusetts Division 2 Boys Poll

RankTeamWLT
1Beverly801
2Tewksbury511
3Oliver Ames301
4Lincoln-Sudbury512
5North Reading501
6Marblehead530
7Amesbury402
8Martha's Vineyard411
9Winthrop430
10Canton122
11Medfield601
12North Andover321
13Masconomet322
14Danvers340
15Plymouth South501

*Updated 1/6/14

 

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.

 

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#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

HNIB Staff
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