MIAA Massachusetts High School Hockey

Thursday Broadcast Notes: Division 3 Nouth first round

No. 5 Watertown Raiders vs. No. 12 Rockport/Manchester-Essex Vikings
Division 3 North First Round | Thursday, Feb. 27, 8 p.m., O’Brien Rink

Watertown (12-6-2, Independent)
Second consecutive tournament appearance
Program went on hiatus in 2016-17, missed postseason in 2017-18
Formerly competed in Middlesex League - Freedom Division
Last postseason: Lost in Division 3 North quarterfinals vs. Dracut, 3-2
Won 4-1 vs. Wayland, first round
Goal differential: plus-27 (64-37)
22nd in Division 3 in goals scored, 12th in goals against
Streak: Lost 1 | Last game: Lost 5-0 at Wakefield, Feb. 20; snapped 5-game win streak
Last win: 2-0 at Essex Tech, Feb. 15
Home: 6-3-1 | Road/Neutral: 6-3-1
Biggest win: 7-0 at O’Bryant, Jan. 11 | Season-high goals: 8-4 win at Peabody, Feb. 5
Worst loss: 5-0 at Wakefield, Feb. 20
Shutouts: 6-4
Leading scorer: Keith Ricci, Sr. (12-5--17)
Last state championship: 2015 | Won 2-1 vs. Agawam
Last sectional title: 2015

Rockport/Manchester-Essex (9-8-3, 5-3-2 Commonwealth Athletic Conference)
First postseason appearance since 2013, when first-year coach Kyle Nelson was a sophomore on team
Last postseason win: 2013 Division 3 North first round vs. Wayland, 4-1
Goal differential: plus-2 (51-49) | Nonleague differential: minus-2 (23-25)
49th in Division 3 in goals scored, 22nd in goals against
Streak: Lost 3 | Last game: Lost 3-1 at Hamilton-Wenham, Feb. 15
Last win: 8-1 at East Boston, Feb. 1
Home: 5-2-3 | Road/Neutral: 4-6
Biggest win: 8-1 at East Boston, Feb. 1
Worst loss: 8-2 at Shawsheen, Dec. 19
Shutouts: 0-3-1
Last state championship: None
Last sectional title: None

No. 7 Newton South Lions vs. No. 10 Hamilton-Wenham Generals
Division 3 North First Round | Thursday, Feb. 27, 6 p.m., O’Brien Rink
Winner will face No. 2 Cambridge (13-3-4) in quarterfinals on Sunday in Watertown

Previous meeting: Newton South won, 7-0, on Feb. 28, 2018 in Division 3 North first round

Newton South (11-8-1, 5-5 DCL/MVC 3)
Seventh consecutive tournament appearance
Last postseason: Lost in Division 3 North final vs. Lowell, 5-2
Won 5-3 vs. Bedford, quarterfinals
Won 4-1 vs. Dracut/Tyngsboro, semifinals
Finished fourth in DCL/MVC 3, 10 points (Bedford won, 16)
Goal differential: plus-20 (66-46) | Nonleague differential: plus-11 (27-16)
20th in Division 3 in goals scored, 18th in goals against
Streak: Won 2 | Last game: Won 3-1 at Martha’s Vineyard, Feb. 19
Home: 6-4 | Road/Neutral: 5-4-1
Biggest win: 10-3 vs. Wayland, Jan. 4 and 8-1 at Wayland, Jan. 15
Worst loss: 5-1 vs. Methuen, Feb. 1
Shutouts: 5-1
Leading scorer: Eric Donlan, Sr. (13-13--26)
Last state title: None
Last sectional title: None (lost in final twice, including last season and 2014)

Hamilton-Wenham (10-8-2, Independent)
Third consecutive tournament appearance
Program revived in 2016-17, went 0-17-2
10 wins are most since revival
Last postseason: Lost in Division 3 North quarterfinals vs. Lowell, 8-1
Won 6-1 vs. Latin Academy, first round, for first postseason win
Rest of athletic teams compete in Cape Ann League
Goal differential: plus-17 (53-36)
46th in Division 3 in goals scored, T-10th in goals against
Streak: Won 1 | Last game: Won 10-2 vs. O’Bryant, Feb. 19
Home: 6-2-1 | Road/Neutral: 4-6-1
Biggest win: 10-2 vs. O’Bryant, Feb. 19
Worst loss: three losses by three goals (Amesbury twice, Bedford)
Shutouts: 3-3
Last state title: None
Last sectional title: None

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