Mass. Boys HS Hockey – Division 1 Top 20: SJP, CM Hold Serve At The Top; Key Games Highlight Monday Slate

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 Prep1711
2Catholic Memorial2810
3Pope Francis4612
4Hingham5513
5Wellesley7800
6Belmont8712
7Reading3610
8Arlington6622
9Marshfield10711
10St. Mary’s11901
11Xaverian13630
12Franklin12810
13BC High9441
14Braintree14421
15Framingham16630
16Lincoln-Sudbury15631
17St. John’s (S)16461
18Archbishop Williams20640
19Malden Catholic18243
20Westford AcademyNR531

The top two teams in the HNIB News Massachusetts Boys Division 1 Top 20 held serve in an impressive way. The rest of the pack shuffled itself with the results of some key games this past week.

#1 St. John’s Prep (7-1-1) notched a pair of Catholic Conference wins to keep the top spot, downing #17 St. John’s of Shrewsbury (7-2) and #19 Malden Catholic (5-1). The Eagles have two more league tilts this week against Xaverian (Wednesday) and BC High (Sunday).

#2 Catholic Memorial (8-1-0) also knocked off SJS (4-1) and blanked BC High (5-0). Upcoming for the Knights are Malden Catholic (Wednesday) and Xaverian (Saturday).

Pope Francis (6-1-2) got through its week unscathed to move up to #3, getting wins over Bridgewater-Raynham (5-1) and #16 Lincoln-Sudbury (4-2). The Cardinals have a huge tilt with #7 Reading (6-1-0) Monday (1:30pm at Burbank Arena) in what will be an MIAA Endowment Game. They also get Natick on Thursday and Falmouth on Saturday.

#4 Hingham (5-1-3) played to a 2-2 standoff with #14 Braintree (4-2-1) and is primed for its big game on Monday, taking on #10 St. Mary’s (9-0-1), with a 2pm start at Connery Rink. Also up are Framingham (Wednesday) and Winchester (Saturday).

#5 Wellesley (8-0-0) is now the only unbeaten and untied team in Division 1 after its lone result of the week, a 3-2 win over Framingham. The Raiders will be tested Monday against Braintree.

Up to #6 this week is Belmont (7-1-2). The Marauders beat Reading (3-1) and tied Arlington (2-2). They are off until a Saturday date with Woburn.

Reading and #8 Arlington (6-2-2) will meet for the second time this Saturday.

#9 Marshfield (7-1-1) blanked Hanover on Saturday and will have a showdown Monday with Duxbury. North Quincy (Wednesday) and Plymouth North (Saturday) are on the docket as well.

#10 St. Mary’s (9-0-1) downed #18 Archbishop Williams in its only game and anxiously awaits the arrival of Hingham on Monday.

A big win over now #13 BC High (4-4-1), following a win over Malden Catholic, has Xaverian (6-3-0) on the move at #11.

#12 Franklin (8-1-0) had convincing Hockomock League wins over Foxboro and Mansfield. The Panthers will see Oliver Ames (Wednesday) and King Philip (Saturday).

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