Mass. Boys HS Hockey – Division 1 Top 20: Reading, Arlington Fight For ML Liberty Crown Wednesday; Marshfield Wins Burns Doherty Division Title

Gary Demopoulos
Gary Demopoulos
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

1Pope Francis11350
3St. John’s Prep41430
4Catholic Memorial51153
5Archbishop Williams31430
11Westford Academy121331
12St. John’s (S)131071
15BC High11691
17St. Mary’s171081
20Arlington Catholic20791

It was a show of force for the upper echelon of teams in the HNIB News Massashusetts Boys Division 1 Top 20, as the top nine teams went a combined 14-1-1 over the past seven days.

Pope Francis (13-5-0, 13-4-0 MIAA) holds on to the #1 ranking. The Cardinals took care of business in their own Invitational Touranment, dispatching a pair of Connecticut HS foes in Northwest Catholic and Fairifield Prep. Two more ranked opponents lie ahead in Winchester (Thursday) and Catholic Memorial (Saturday).

#2 Xaverian (12-4-0) played just once, a 6-2 win over Barnstable. The Hawks face Chelmsford on Wednesday and then close out the Catholic Conference schedule with Malden Catholic on Saturday.

St. John’s Prep (14-3-0) appears to have righted itself, jumping back up to #3 following wins over St. Mary’s and Newburyport. The Prep have #16 Andover on Wednesday, and then #12 St. John’s (S) on Saturday.

#4 Catholic Memorial (11-5-3, 11-4-3 MIAA) is also up a spot. The Knights edged #5 Archbishop Williams (14-3-0), the only loss the top nine teams suffered this week, and then survived Falmouth in OT on Saturday. CM has a week to prepare for Saturday’s matchup with Pope.

Archbishop Williams takes on Franklin Wednesday before heading to the Buddy Ferreira tournament, where play begins on Saturday.

#6 Marshfield (16-2-2, 15-2-2 MIAA) won the Ed Burns Tournament Doherty Division Sunday with a convincing win over Franklin. The Rams also had an OT win over Pembroke. They are off until a Saturday matchup with Bridgewater-Raynham.

#7 Reading (14-4-0, 13-4-0 MIAA) had solid wins over Belmont (5-1) and Wellesley (4-1). #8 Arlington (14-3-2) tied Winchester, and downed both Belmont (7-0) and Weymouth (4-1). The two meet Wednesday in Reading, with Middlesex League Liberty Division title aspirations on the line.

It also was a very solid week for #9 Hingham (10-6-2). The Harbormen had wins over St. John’s (S) (6-0) and Braintree (4-2). Before heading to Falmouth for the Buddy Ferreira Touranment, Hingham will see Lincoln-Sudbury on Wednesday.

Franklin holds on to the #10 spot, despite Sunday’s loss to Marshfield. Wednesday’s game with Archbishop Williams is the Panthers only scheduled game this week.

In the bottom half of the Top 20, Winchester (12-7-1) has been hot. The past week saw the Red & Black tie Arlington, and post victories over Woburn and Canton.

** Some records in the rankings include results from Endowment Games. Those results do not count in the team’s MIAA record for post-season play

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