Massachusetts Boys Division 1 Top 20
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No. 1 Arlington (16-1-4) finished a five-week run at the head of the pack while earning the top seed in the Division 1A Tournament. The Middlesex League’s Liberty Division champion lost to Pope Francis on Dec. 23 and is 14-0-4 since. The Spy Ponders’ foray into the Bay State Conference this week produced wins against Weymouth, 6-2, and No. 15 Braintree (11-6-3), 3-2.
Two-time defending 1A champion No. 2 BC. High (13-3-4) heads into the post-season as the 1A’s second seed and with its fifth consecutive Buddy Ferreira Classic tucked away. The Catholic Conference power tied Reading, 1-1, and then shut down Hingham in the title game, 4-0. The Eagles are unbeaten in 10 (7-0-3).
Independent No. 3 Pope Francis (13-4-2), the only other first-ballot selection for the 1A Tournament, closed the season by winning their own Cardinal Classic, toppling Division One North Sectional qualifiers Central Catholic in the semifinals, 5-2, and No. 12 St. Mary’s (12-7-3), 1-0, for the championship.
No. 4 Xaverian (13-4-4) of the Catholic Conference doubled up North qualifier No. 19 Melrose (11-7-3) of the Middlesex League’s Freedom Division in its final game. The Hawks head to the 1A as one of only six teams across the division to exceed 70 goals scored this season.
No. 5 Catholic Memorial (9-6-6) claimed an outright Catholic Conference crown for the first time since 2009-10 and is also headed to the 1A dance. The Knights finished up out of state, upending Mount St. Charles (RI), 3-1, and tying Fairfield Prep (CT), 1-1.
No. 6 St. John’s Prep (11-4-5), the fourth Catholic Conference squad bound for the 1A, hits the post-season playing its best hockey. The Eagles walloped Needham in their finale and posted a 6-1-3 second half.
No. 7 Framingham (14-5-2), the Bay State Conference’s Carey Division champion and a 1A selection, squeezed past Chelmsford, 2-1, and fell to Burlington, 3-2, in OT (an MIAA tie) at the Ed Cahoon Classic.
Independent No. 8 Hingham (12-7-3), also a 1A pick, advanced to the title game of The Ferreira Classic. The Harbormen stopped Arlington Catholic in the semis before falling to B.C. High in the title game, 4-0.
Middlesex League Freedom Division champion and 1A selection No. 9 Burlington (14-4-4) captured its Cahoon Classic crown, stopping Medford in the semifinals before that OT decision of Framingham for the title.
No. 10 Reading (10-5-6), the Middlesex Liberty’s runner-up and a 1A pick, jumps five spots to crack the Top 10. The Rockets tied BC High, 1-1, and shut down Arlington Catholic, 4-1, at the Ferreira Classic.