Mass. Boys HS Hockey – Division 1 Top 20: St. John’s Prep Back In The #1 Spot; Hingham, CM Post Impressive Wins

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 Prep31320
2Hingham41330
3Catholic Memorial51221
4Arlington11321
5Xaverian21321
6Austin Prep61021
7Belmont71512
8Pope Francis8751
9Braintree111131
10Marshfield91141
11Reading14952
12Wellesley10923
13Malden Catholic12670
14Central Catholic16752
15Lincoln-Sudbury181320
16Franklin191260
17ChelmsfordNR1040
18Woburn20742
19Winchester17862
20 BC High15491

If there is anything that this past week in the Division 1 ranks taught us, it is that there is a lot of parity amongst the upper echelon teams, which should make for a great state-wide tournament.

With last week’s top two teams each losing a game, St. John’s Prep (13-2-0) vaults back into the #1 spot in this week’s HNIB News Massachusetts Boys D1 Top 20. The Eagles posted wins over Malden Catholic (6-3), St. John’s (S) (1-0) and BC High (2-1). A huge contest looms Wednesday at Catholic Memorial, then the annual Derek Hines game Saturday vs. Newburyport.

Hingham (13-3-0) vaults up to #2 after impressive wins over Pope Francis (3-1) and Wellesley (7-0). The Harbormen have Duxbury on Wednesday before taking on Marshfield Sunday in the Ed Burns Classic final.

Marshfield’s Cam McKettrick has scoring bid against Tewksbury in Ed Burns Doherty Division semifinal. Rams won 3-2.

#3 Catholic Memorial (12-2-1) picked up a pair of one-goal wins over Xaverian (3-2) and Malden Catholic (2-1), both in OT. Wednesday’s game could have direct bearing on the Catholic Conference crown.

Last week’s No. 1, Arlington (13-2-1), drops to #4 this week. The Ponders fell in OT to Marshfield last Sunday, but responded in a solid way, with wins over Bridgewter-Raynham (7-1) and Waltham (5-0). It’s a big week ahead for coach John Messuri’s squad, who will see Belmont (Wednesday) and Reading (Friday).

Xaverian (13-2-1) is at #5. The Hawks came out on the short end against CM, and then shut out St. John’s (S). They host Malden Catholic Tuesday in their final Catholic Conference game of the season.

Austin Prep (10-2-1) stays in place at #6. The Cougars fell to Central Catholic, and then had solid league wins over Arlington Catholic and Archbishop Williams. AP hosts Bishop Fenwick (Wednesday) and Winchester (Saturday), and is scheduled to finish its suspended game with Arlington Catholic (Thursday).

#7 Belmont (15-1-2) posted a win over Winchester, and had a tie with Reading. The Marauders can’t wait to see Arlington on Wednesday, and have another tough one with Woburn on Saturday.

#8 Pope Francis (7-5-1) won one (Smithfield, RI) and lost one (Hingham) this week. Next up for the Cardinals is the Pope Francis Invitational and a first round matchup with Northwest Catholic (CT) on Friday.

#9 Braintree (11-3-1) outscored opponents 19-3 in three wins this past week, jumping up to a few spots. The Wamps travel to Framingham (Wednesday) and Weymouth (Saturday) before an Ed Burns Classic contest Sunday against Arlington.

#10 Marshfield (11-4-1) played a trio of 3-2 games, winning against Arlington and Tewksbury, both at the Ed Burns Classic, and then falling in OT against Patriot League foe Scituate. Prior to the Burns title game against Hingham next Sunday, the Rams will see Plymouth North (Wednesday) and Duxbury (Saturday).

Continuing its recent strong play, now 6-0-1 in the last seven, Reading (9-5-2) is up to #11. The Rockets tied Belmont and then beat both Woburn and Franklin. A crucial weekend has them facing Arlington (Friday) and Canton (Sunday).

#12 Wellesley (9-2-3) had a little wind taken out of its sails Sunday in a 7-0 loss to Hingham. The Raiders did beat Newton North and tied Weymouth with a miracle comeback. On the horizon are Needham (Tuesday), Brookline (Wednesday) and Framingham (Saturday) before a Burns Classic contest Sunday against Tewksbury.

Malden Catholic (6-7-0) is at #13. the Lancers suffered defeats to St. John’s Prep (6-3) and Catholic Memorial (2-1), and had a 6-3 win over BC High. After Xaverian, MC has St. John’s (S) on Saturday to close out its Catholic Conference slate.

Central Catholic (7-5-2) is up to #14 after wins over Westford and Austin Prep, and a tie with Andover. The Raiders look ahead to a busy week starting with a huge battle Monday against Chelmsford, Archbishop Williams on Wednesday, Waltham on Friday and Notre Dame West Haven of CT on Saturday.

#15 Lincoln-Sudbury (13-2-0) had a three-win week, taking down Boston Latin twice and Lowell in league play. The Warriors have Newton South (Wednesday) and Chelmsford (Saturday) this week.

Rounding out the Top 20 are #16 Franklin (12-6-0), #17 Chelmsford (10-4-0), #18 Woburn (7-4-2), #19 Winchester (8-6-2) and #20 BC High (4-9-1).

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