Mass. Boys HS Hockey – Division 1 Top 20: Pope Francis Returns To #1 This Week; ABW, CM Faceoff Wednesday

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
1Pope Francis21150
2Xaverian31140
3Archbishop Williams41320
4St. John’s Prep11230
5Catholic Memorial6953
6Marshfield71422
7Reading51240
8Arlington81231
9Hingham9862
10Franklin141060
11BC High11681
12Westford Academy121221
13St. John’s (S)10961
14Wellesley171132
15Winchester181070
16Andover19851
17St. Mary’s13971
18Braintree15771
19Shrewsbury16951
20Arlington CatholicNR681
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It was another crazy week of action in the Mass. Division 1 boys ranks, and if it shows us anything, it is that if you don’t bring your A game in the playoffs, no matter who you are playing, you could be in trouble.

For this week, Pope Francis (11-5-0, 11-4-0 MIAA) returns to the #1 spot in the HNIB News Massachusetts Division 1 Boys Top 20. The Cardinals blanked Hingham, 3-0, in its only action of the week. They are off until Friday, when the face Northwest Catholic (CT) in the first round of the Pope Francis Invitational.

#2 Xaverian (11-4-0) won both of its contests, down St. John’s (S) and Malden Catholic. The Hawks will see Barnstable on Wednesday.

Up a spot to #3 in Archbishop Williams (13-2-0). The Bishops finished a perfect Catholic Central League slate with wins over St. Mary’s and Bishop Fenwick. Williams has a big one on Wednesday against Catholic Memorial.

It was a tough week for #4 St. John’s Prep (12-3-0). The Eagles dropped a pair, to Catholic Memorial (2-1) and Arlington Catholic (3-1). They look to right the ship this week against St. Mary’s (Wednesday) and Newburyport (Saturday).

Catholic Memorial (9-5-3, 9-4-3 MIAA) is at #5. The Knights had a 2-2 tie Saturday with BC High. After seeing Archies on Wednesday, CM gets Falmouth on Saturday.

#6 Marshfield (14-2-2, 13-2-2 MIAA) advanced to the Burns Tournament final with Sunday’s 4-1 takedown of Tewksbury. The Rams are off until Saturday when they see Pembroke, and then Franklin is up on Sunday.

#7 Reading (12-4-0, 11-4-0 MIAA) blanked Wilmington, and beat Woburn, before falling to Franklin Sunday in a Burns Tournament semifinal. The Rockets take on Belmont Wednesday, and then Tewksbury on Sunday.

#8 Arlington (12-3-1) had a solid week with wins over Watertown and Framingham. The Spy Ponders look ahead to Winchester (Wednesday) and Belmont (Saturday), before closing out Burns Tournament play on Sunday.

#9 Hingham (8-6-2) had a split week, beating Duxbury, falling to Pope Francis and tying Canton. St. John’s (S) is up next on Wednesday.

Franklin (10-6-0) moves up to #10 with Sunday’s impressive win over Reading. Taunton (Tuesday) and Bishop Feehan (Wednesday) are next.

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

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