Mass. Boys HS Hockey – Division 1 Top 20: St. John’s Prep Clicking On All Cylinders; Reading, CM, Marshfield Moving On Up

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 Prep11210
2Pope Francis41050
4Archbishop Williams21120
6Catholic Memorial9852
10St. John’s (S)7951
11BC High12580
12Westford Academy111021
13St. Mary’s15950

It certainly was a crazy week in Divsion 1 play this week, with the majority of ranked teams suffering losses. The result? A shakeup in this latest version of the HNIB News Masssachusetts Boys Division 1 Top 20.

One team that held firm was St. John’s Prep (12-1-0). The Eagles have established themselves as the clear #1 team after a week that saw wins over Malden Catholic (5-1) and Xaverian (6-1). Having already clinched the Catholic Conference title, another big one is on for Wednesday with Catholic Memorial.

Back up to #2 this week is Pope Francis (10-5-0). The Cardinals had an impressive week that included wins over Shrewsbury (8-3) and Archbishop Williams (5-4). They look ahead to Hingham on Saturday.

Xaverian (9-4-0) gets to stay at #3 despite the loss to SJP. The Hawks did beat BC High (4-1) and have St. John’s (S) on Wednesday, and Malden Catholic Saturday.

Archbishop Williams (11-2-0) drops to #4 following the loss to Pope Francis, which was the Bishops’ fourth OT game in the last five outings. Williams can clinch the Catholic Central League title outright with a win tonight over St. Mary’s.

A big mover this week is Reading (10-3-0), up to #5 after wins over Watertown (5-0), Wakefield (5-1) and a big one over Canton (2-1) in a Burns Tournament opener Sunday. Another busy week has the Rockets seeing Wilmington (Thursday), Woburn (Saturday), and Franklin Sunday in a Burns Tournametn semifinal.

Catholic Memorial (8-5-2) jumps to #6 with wins over St. John’s (S) and Malden Catholic. The Knights look to test SJP on Wednesday.

#7 Marshfield (12-2-1) also is a big mover. The Rams beat #8 Arlington (10-3-1) in a 1-0 defensive battle at the Burns Tournament Sunday. The trek continues with Scituate (Wednesday), Plymouth South (Saturday) and Tewksbury (Sunday).

The Spy Ponders did post league wins over Stoneham and Melrose. They get Watertown on Wednesday before a Burns Tournament game Sunday.

#9 Hingham (7-5-1) drops a bit after Sunday’s 6-4 setback at the hands of Franklin at the Burns Tournament. The Harbormen are right back at it Monday with Duxbury, then take on Pope Francis Saturday and have Canton on Sunday.

Struggling St. John’s (S) (9-5-1) holds on to the #10 position. The Pioneers fell to CM and BC High. It won’t get any easier with Xaverian on Wednesday.

TEAMS TO WATCH: Central Catholic, Weymouth

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

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