Mass. Boys HS Hockey – Division 1 Top 20: SJP, CM Keep Pace; Hingham, Belmont, Arlington, Reading All Win In Burns Tournament Openers

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

1St. John’s Prep11011
2Catholic Memorial21210
3Pope Francis3913
12BC High14571
15St. Mary’s11933
16Archbishop Williams171040
17St. John’s (S)16671
18Central Catholic20761
20Malden Catholic19283

NOTE: These rankings include results from Endowment Games for Pope Francis, Reading and Marshfield . Those results are not included in team records for MIAA Power Rankings.

Six of the top ten Division 1 teams took part in the first round of the Ed Burns Coffee Pot Tournament Sunday afternoon. A great day of action shuffled up this week’s HNIB News Massachusetts Boys Division 1 Top 20 a bit.

There was no shuffling at the top, however, where #1 St. John’s Prep (10-1-1) and #2 Catholic Memorial (12-1-0) kept pace. Their second meeting of the year, postponed by weather last Wednesday, is now set for February 13th.

The Prep cruised past #17 St. John’s (S) with a 9-2 win this past Saturday. The Eagles will see Malden Catholic (Wednesday) and #9 Xaverian (8-5-0) on Saturday. The Knights get St. John’s (S) Wednesday and Malden Catholic (Saturday).

#3 Pope Francis (9-1-3; 9-1-2 MIAA) played just once, downing RI’s Bishop Hendricken (4-3). Pope will see another RI foe in Mt. St. Charles on Thursday, and then has a huge contest Saturday when the Cardinals host #4 Hingham (8-1-4).

Arlington goalie Jake Davies thwarts Braintree’s Kyle Hutchinson in second period of Spy Ponders’ 3-2 OT win at Burns Tournament

The Harbormen opened up play in the Burns Tournament with a 3-1 win over Canton. They will have a second round Burns game this coming Sunday against Reading (2pm, O’Brien Rink, Woburn)

#5 Belmont (10-1-2) kept rolling with wins over Wakefield (3-1) and #8 Marshfield (2-0 at the Burns). The Marauders take on Wilmington on Wednesday.

#6 Arlington (10-2-2) had a big come-from-behind win Sunday over Braintree (3-2 in OT) at the Burns Tournament, which followed wins over Burlington (4-1) and Stoneham (7-2). The Ponders have Melrose (Wednesday) and Woburn (Saturday) ahead of a second round Burns Tournament game Sunday against ML rival Belmont (12pm, O’Brien Rink).

#7 Reading (8-2-1; 8-2-0 MIAA) climbs a few pegs. The Rockets blanked Watertown (3-0) on Saturday, then were impressive in Sunday’s win over #10 Wellesley by a 4-1 count. Wakefield (Wednesday) and Winchester (Friday) are the next two games. Their next Burns Tournament game will be the intriguing matchup with #4 Hingham.

Despite a tie with Bridgewater-Raynham (1-1) and that loss to Belmont (2-0), Marshfield (11-2-2; 11-1-2 MIAA) stays put at #8. The Rams have Patriot League matchups with Scituate (Wednesday) and Plymouth South (Saturday) prior to Sunday’s Burns Tournament contest against Braintree (4pm, Canton Ice House).

#9 Xaverian edged Malden Catholic, 4-3 in OT, in its only action. The Hawks have a non-league tilt with Chelmsford on Tuesday, then league matches with #12 BC High (Wednesday) and St. John’s Prep (Saturday).

#10 Wellesley (11-2-0) suffered its first two losses of the season, falling to Milton 4-2, as well as the Reading decision. The Raiders, who did beat Needham 5-1, get Newton North on Wednesday and Weymouth on Saturday.

In the second half of this week’s rankings, both #11 Braintree (6-4-1) and #12 BC High (5-7-1) are up two spots. #14 Lincoln-Sudbury (10-3-1) and #16 Archbishop Williams (10-4-0) also are up, while St. Mary’s (9-3-3) dropped to #15 after back-to-back losses to Bishop Fenwick and Arlington Catholic.

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