Mass. Boys HS Hockey – Division 1 Top 20: St. John’s Prep Hopes Third Time Is The Charm; Belmont Finishes Strong

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 Prep31530
2Hingham21631
3Xaverian51631
4Austin Prep41522
5Belmont61713
6Catholic Memorial11431
7Pope Francis81151
8Arlington71542
9Braintree91332
10Wellesley111225
11Marshfield101452
12Reading131172
13Malden Catholic121080
14Chelmsford151341
15Franklin181380
16Central Catholic14974
17Woburn16854
18St. Mary'sNR974
19Winchester191083
20 BC High206111

In this the last in-season HNIB News Massachusetts Boys Division 1 Top 20, St. John’s Prep (15-3-0) returns to the top spot for the third time, a testament to the highly-competitive field that Mass. D1 hockey is.

The Eagles played just once, a 4-3 win over a tough Franklin team, and face Masconomet on Monday.

#2 Hingham (16-3-1) holds firm. The Harbormen edged Winchester and took a Buddy Ferreira Classic opening round win over Arlington Catholic. They finish their regular season at the BFC, with a tough matchup with #12 Reading (11-7-2) on Monday, and then either #4 Austin Prep (15-2-2) or BC High later in the week.

Xaverian (16-3-1) inches up to #3 this week after wins over Marshfield (3-2), Framingham (10-3) and RI’s LaSalle Academy (5-2). The Hawks are playing their best hockey at the right time of year.

Austin took home the CCL Cup in its final year of MIAA hockey, and bumped off host Falmouth Saturday at the Ferreira Classic. BC High is Monday’s opponent on the Cape.

How about #5 Belmont (17-1-3)? The Marauders welcomed last week’s #1 entry, Catholic Memorial, to Skip Viglirolo rink and came away with a 4-1 win. Coach Tim Foley’s club will be tough in the post-season.

To show how competitive things are this winter in Division 1, that loss has Catholic Memorial (14-3-1) at #6 this week. The Knights finish out this week at the Cardinal Classic in West Springfield.

#7 Pope Francis (11-5-1) picked up wins over Shrewsbury (3-2) and Natick (5-0) and readies for its Cardinal Classic tournaement.

#8 Arlington (15-4-2) squandered a 2-0 third period lead and fell 3-2 to Winchester Sunday, after they had edged Woburn (1-0) earlier in the week. The Ponders close out against Malden Catholic Wednesday.

#9 Braintree (13-3-2) did not play this week and will finish up with Walpole Tuesday.

#10 Wellesley (12-2-5), the lone team to defeat Belmont this season, had a tie with Natick and skates against Newton South on Monday.

Marshfield (14-5-2 – including Endowment game win) rallied to knock off Bridgewater-Raynham Saturday in overtime. Two Patriot League games await – Quincy and Whitman-Hanson.

#12 Reading (11-7-2) has seen its offense come to light, with wins over Stoneham (8-1) and Archbishop Williams (5-0), which doesn’t bode well for opponents. The Rockets will be ready for Hingham Monday.

#13 Malden Catholic (10-8-0) officially qualified for the post-season Saturday with a solid win over Central Catholic. The Lancers are schedule to face Connecticut’s top team – Notre Dame of West Haven – Monday before Arlington.

Solid wins over Melrose (7-0) and Lincoln-Sudbury (4-1) move Chelmsford (13-4-1) up to #14. The Lions head to the Cahoon Tournament this week.

#15 Franklin (13-8-0) is done for the regular season and awaits its first-round tournament foe.

Rounding out the Top 20 are #16 Central Catholic (9-7-4), #17 Woburn (8-5-4), #18 St. Mary’s (9-7-4), #19 Winchester (10-8-3) and #20 BC High (6-11-1).

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