MIAA Massachusetts High School Hockey

D3 South Tournament Preview

The tournament brackets are out, so it is time to preview the matchups. Let’s take a look at the D3 South.

Favorites:

Hopkinton: The Hillers started the season on a 13-game winning streak before they lost to Westwood 2-1. This was their only loss of the season as they enter the tournament as a heavy favorite.

Hanover: Hanover finished with an impressive record after playing one of the harder schedules in the D3 South. They hold wins over teams like Duxbury, Quincy, and Falmouth. Their side of the bracket paints a very difficult road for them, but they are still a favorite.

Sleepers:

Bishop Stang: 9th seeded Bishop Stang is a team to keep an eye on in the D3 South tournament. They enter the tournament after playing a tough schedule. Their first-round opponent is Nantucket, a team they beat and lost to in the regular season.

Norwell: 6th seeded Norwell enters the tournament on a 11-game winning streak with their most recent loss coming to D1 Shrewsbury. They are coming off of a championship in the Gould Tournament, which was capped off with a win over Hanover.

Best First Round Matchup:

#8 Nantucket vs #9 Bishop Stang: Both of these teams had great regular season on their way to a tournament appearance. Nantucket has had a solid year including a perfect record in their Cape & Islands Lighthouse division. Bishop Stang enters with a 10-5-5 record.

My Bracket Predictions:

PRELIMINARY:

#16 Holliston over #17 Silver Lake

FIRST ROUND:

#1 Hopkinton over #16 Holliston
#9 Bishop Stang over #8 Nantucket
#4 Dartmouth over #13 Rockland
#5 Somerset Berkley over #12 Marthas Vineyard
#2 Saint John Paul over #15 GNBVT
#7 Foxboro over #10 Abington
#3 Hanover over #14 North Quincy
#6 Norwell over #11 Blue Hills

QUARTER-FINALS

#1 Hopkinton over #9 Bishop Stang
#4 Dartmouth over #5 Somerset Berkley
#2 Saint John Paul over #7 Foxboro
#6 Norwell over #3 Hanover

SEMI-FINALS

#1 Hopkinton over #4 Dartmouth
#6 Norwell over #2 Saint John Paul

FINALS:

#1 Hopkinton over #6 Norwell

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