Mass. Boys HS Hockey – Division 1 Top 20: Plenty Of Huge Matchups On The Horizon, Including Burns Tournament Action Starting Sunday

Gary Demopoulos
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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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Massachusetts Boys D1 Top 20

RankTeam*PRWLT
1St. John’s Prep11010
2Archbishop Williams41010
3Xaverian2830
4Pope Francis3850
5Arlington7821
6Hingham8741
7St. John’s (S)5931
8Reading6730
9Catholic Memorial9652
10Marshfield11921
11Westford Academy131011
12BC High10470
13Braintree15441
14Shrewsbury16821
15St. Mary’s12850
16Wellesley17722
17Franklin14760
18Andover20541
19WinchesterNR650
20Weymouth18441

While several top teams suffered losses this past week, #1 St. John’s Prep made sure it took care of the business at hand.

The Eagles (10-1-0) stay at the top of this week’s HNIB News Massachusetts Boys Division 1 Top 20. They won two more Catholic Conference contests, besting St. John’s (S) 6-1 and BC High (5-2) to make it 10 straight wins since a season-opening loss to Hingham. Malden Catholic is next on Wednesday, followed by a second meeting with Xaverian.

#2 Archbishop Williams (10-1-0) showed a lot of resilience this week, taking OT wins over Milton (5-4) and Canton (4-3) before a 6-1 bouncing of Bishop Feehan. The Bishops face Arlington Catholic on Wednesday before a showdown with Pope Francis on Saturday.

Xaverian (8-3-0) had a week that started with an upset loss to Central Catholic, and ended with a clutch win over Catholic Memorial. The Hawks have BC High on Wednesday before tangling with the Prep.

#4 Pope Francis (8-5-0) dropped an MIAA Endowment game to Reading, but rebounded with convincing wins over Malden Catholic and St. Mary’s. The Cardinals have an interesting battle slated for Thursday with red-hot #14 Shrewsbury before seeing Archies.

Arlington (8-2-1) get the nod for #5 this week, fresh off a big 3-2 OT win over Woburn. The Spy Ponders face Stoneham and Wednesday this week before opening up Burns Tournament play on Sunday.

#6 Hingham ((7-4-1) had a solid win with wins over St. Mary’s (4-1) and Central Catholic (7-1). The Harbormen have the week off before appearing at the Burns Tournament.

Down a bit to #7 is St. John’s (S), which had a tie with Malden Catholic on Saturday. Catholic Memorial (Wednesday) and BC High (Saturday) are next.

#8 Reading (7-3-0) fell 2-0 to new #19 Winchester on Saturday, a team they beat 6-1 earlier this season. The Rockets look ahead to Watertown and Wakefield before their Burns Tournament appearance.

#9 Catholic Memorial (6-5-2) had a split week, beating BC High 4-1 but falling to Xaverian, 4-3. Malden Catholic looms on Saturday.

Marshfield (9-2-1) moves back into the top ten after a week that saw the Rams tie Duxbury, and beat both North Quincy and Plymouth North.

TEAMS TO WATCH: Belmont, Waltham, Central Catholic, Wachusett

** Note: some records include results from MIAA Endowment games. Those results do not count in MIAA power rankings.

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