Massachusetts Boys D1 Top 20
It certainly was a crazy week of action in the Massachusetts Boys Division 1 ranks, which only went to show that HS hockey fans are in for a ride come the post-season.
#1 St. John’s Prep (14-1-1) was one of the few top teams to escape the craziness, chalking up wins over Bishop Feehan (8-1) and Newburyport (5-1). But, the Eagles will jump right into it this week, hosting now #4 Catholic Memorial (15-2-0) Monday afternoon (3:30pm, Essex Sports Center) for the Catholic Conference title.
Pope Francis (13-2-3) is the new #2 after a very solid week that produced wins over Shrewsbury (8-3) and both Fairfield Prep (4-1) and Bishop Hendricken (9-2) in the Pope Francis Invitational. The Cardinals face #15 Archbishop Williams Wednesday and then have a date Saturday with Catholic Memorial (12:30pm, Olympia)
Despite the 1-0 OT loss to #5 Arlington (13-3-2) Sunday in the Burns Tournament Doherty Division final, Hingham (11-2-5) will stay at #3. The Harbormen, who do own a win over Pope Francis earlier this month, knocked off Catholic Memorial 3-1 ahead of the loss to Arlington, and also decisioned #13 St. John’s (S), 5-2. Hingham gets #16 Lincoln-Sudbury on Wednesday and then heads to the Buddy Ferreira Classic in Falmouth.
CM did have a 4-0 win over Archbishop Williams Saturday.
Arlington did fall 6-3 to Middlesex League foe Winchester on Friday. They have a crucial league matchup with #9 Belmont (11-4-3) on Wednesday that will go a long way in deciding the Liberty Divison title.
Marshfield (15-2-2; 15-1-2 MIAA) blanked Canton, 2-0, in its only action and moves up to #6. The Rams have a pair of league games this week with Pembroke (Wednesday) and Whitman-Hanson (Saturday).
#7 Xaverian (10-7-0) beat Barnstable in its only action and is off from MIAA action until a Saturday date with Framingham.
Franklin (13-3-0) is another team that benefits from the craziness, sliding up to #8 after a win over Taunton. The Panthers have a busy week with Newton South (Monday), Falmouth (Wednesday) and Canton (Saturday).
Belmont (11-4-3) had an up-and-down week which dropped the Marauders, at least this week, a few rungs on the ladder. Belmont also has Woburn on Saturday.
#10 Braintree (9-6-2) doubled up #12 Reading (9-5-3), 4-2, on Sunday, and also had a win over Framingham (4-1) and a tie with Weymouth (2-2). The Wamps get Walpole (Wednesday) and Natick (Saturday) as they close out their Bay State Conference slate. Reading, which has lost three straight, takes on Stoneham Thursday.
After dropping three of four, #11 Wellesley (15-4-0) rebounded with a three-win week, highlighted by Sunday’s 3-2 win over Belmont. The Raiders also beat Brookline (8-3) and Framingham (4-1). They finish the regular season Wednesday at Natick.