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Massachusetts Boys D2 Preseason Top 15: Balanced Field Begins Quest for 2019 State Title

Massachusetts Boys Division 2 Preseason Top 15

6Plymouth South2032
7North Attleboro1281
8Oliver Ames1390
14Boston Latin1383

Plymouth South edged Stoneham in overtime in last year’s D2 title game at TD Garden.

There is wide open. And then there is WIDE OPEN. This year’s Massachusetts Division 2 Boys race to a state championship. It is WIDE OPEN. No clear-cut favorite. Many teams have some big holes to fill in their rosters due to graduation.

Others not in the conversation a year ago return a solid group that could push them into contention.

It should make for a great season, with each game carrying extra meaning.

It also means trying to put together a preseason Top 15 in Division 2 an ardous task. Not a lot separates the top teams. Our final poll at the end of the season could look very different.

We will go with tradition at the top and list Canton (17-3-4) as our preseason #1. The Bulldogs always seem to be around and have a host of talented offensive players back. A key will be goaltending and rebuilding the defensive core.

#2 Winthrop (13-7-2) has the luxury of four returning NEC All Stars in the lineup. The Vikings hope to utilize that leadership into challenging for a league title.

#3 Medfield (14-6-4) has had some turnover on its roster, but returns key players at all positions. Be sure coach Toby Carlow will have the Warriors ready to go in the tough Tri-Valley League.

A state championship finalist last year, #4 Stoneham (18-5-2) lost a nucleus of star players that helped lead that drive to the Garden. The Spartans should be OK with what they have returning, and they will be battled-tested after a schedule full of D1 opponents.

#5 Lincoln-Sudbury (12-9-1) has a new coach in Matt Carlin. The Warriors possess some good depth at forward and look to come out of the MVC/Dual County II with a title.

Last year’s  state champion – Plymouth South (20-3-2) – starts the new season at #6. The Panthers need to rebuild the roster that won them the title last year.

Hockomock League members North Attleboro (12-8-1) and Oliver Ames (13-9-0) begin the new year at #7 and #8 respectively.

* Check out MassHSHockey.com for schedules, results, rosters and stats of all Mass High School hockey teams.

Gary Demopoulos
Gary Demopoulos has been covering prep school hockey for the HNIB News for over 30 years, and has been the editor of the HNIB News since 2005. A former sportswriter and news editor at the Woburn (MA) Daily Times Chronicle, he has been the HNIB News' key reporter for Mens Prep School hockey since 1988, as well as womens hockey, both at the prep school and high school levels. for almost 20 years. Gary also helps organize and oversee HNIB's many summer tournaments and festivals for scholastic players.
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