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Massachusetts Division 2 Poll: Big group of teams capable to taking it all

Massachusetts Boys Division 2 Poll

9Bishop Feehan1642
13North Attleboro1354
15Lowell Catholic1533

This year’s field in Massachusetts Division 2 hockey seems to be as wide-open as ever. Looking at all the teams, it appears to us that there are several teams capable of challenging for a state title, both in the North and South sections.

MIAA Division 2 state champions Medfield celebrate at Boston Garden after a 3-1 win over Lincoln-Sudbury. (Jamie Callery photo)

Which makes compiling a pre-season Top 15 all the more difficult, even with input from many of the division’s coaches, let alone a pre-season #1.

With that in mind, we will go with defending Division 2 state champion Medfield (19-1-5) to start the season. The Warriors do have some big shoes to fill up front, but the bet here says they can do it.

Returning 97% of its scoring, #2 Medway (12-8-2) should be able to score goals. But, the Mustangs need to replace Mike Purnell, a four-year starter in goal. If the goaltending is adequate, then the Mustangs will be a tough out.

Always in the mix, #3 Canton (16-3-4) needs to both develop scoring depth and settle on a new starter between the pipes.

#4 Tewksbury (14-6-2) looks like it will have good depth. The question for the Redmen, like Medway and Canton, is who will emerge as the starting goaltender.

With a veteran cast returning, #5 Peabody (12-5-4) is hoping for a further run in the post-season this winter. The Tanners do have the luxury of a returning starting goaltender in senior Aaron McDonnell, They also have some good production back up front.

The lone Division 2 team in the Middlesex League, #6 Stoneham (11-8-2) could be in for a banner year with a solid cast returning, including some scoring prowess. Their tough schedule will have the Spartans ready for the post-season.

#7 Scituate (15-9-1) also caught fire in the post-season and the Sailors are banking on feeding off that momentum this winter. They return a solid core.

#8 Gloucester (14-6-3) was impressive during the post-season last winter, and will have to be watched with the return of top scorers Liam Lyons and Sal Costanzo.

#9 Bishop Feehan (16-4-2) wrested the Eastern Athletic Conference title away from Coyle Cassidy last winter, and the Shamrocks were the only team to defeat state champion Medfield. They have to be considered a threat.

Defending North champion #10 Lincoln-Sudbury (16-7-2) entered last season rather unheralded, but had a great post-season run under coach Hal Gill. A lot of production has moved on, but goalie Cam Kessler returns.

Ranked #1 for most of last season, #11 Marblehead (24-1-1) saw its dream season end in the D2 North final. The Headers do return one of the division’s top forwards in Braden Haley, and starting goaltender Ronan Cunningham.

#12 Winthrop (13-5-2) will again be a serious challenger in the Northeastern Conference North division.

Closing out the Mass. Division 2 preseason poll are #13 North Attleboro (13-5-4), #14 Westwood (12-5-4) and #15 Lowell Catholic (15-3-3).

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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