Mass. Boys HS Hockey – Division 1 Top 20: With Solid Win Over CM, St. John’s Prep Back At #1; Big Week Ahead For Belmont

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 Prep2511
2Catholic Memorial1610
3Reading4600
4Pope Francis5412
5Hingham7512
6Arlington6521
7Wellesley9700
8Belmont11611
9BC High3421
10Marshfield10611
11St. Mary’s12801
12Franklin13610
13Xaverian8430
14Braintree14320
15Lincoln-Sudbury15620
16Framingham17520
17St. John’s (S)16441
18Malden Catholic20223
19Central Catholic19441
20Archbishop WilliamsNR530

To quote a famous lyric from The Who, “Meet The New Boss, Same As The Old Boss.” is the theme this week.

Pre-season #1 St. John’s Prep (5-1-1) fell out of the top spot in last week’s rankings, but reappears in this latest HNIB News Massachusetts Boys Divsion 1 Top 20, thanks to Saturday’s 6-3 win over Catholic Memorial, who had taken over the top spot. SJP looks ahead to league games with St. John’s of Shrewsbury (Wednesday) and Malden Catholic (Sunday).

ST. JOHN’S PREP defenseman Jack Doherty carries puck with CM’s Connor Fryberger in pursuit during Saturday’s 6-3 Eagles win.

Catholic Memorial (6-1-0) will go to #2 this week after that loss, their first of the season. The Knights did blank Xaverian this week will face rival BC High on Wednesday and then St. John’s of Shrewsbury on Sunday.

Creeping up a spot to #3 is unbeaten, untied Reading (6-0-0), which knocked off league foes Winchester (7-3) and Woburn (3-1). The Rockets have a huge one on Wednesday, travelling to the Skip to battle #8 Belmont (6-1-1)

#4 Pope Francis (4-1-2) tied up #6 Arlington 1-1 on Saturday despite having a decided shot advantage. Bridgewater-Raynham (Wednesday) and #15 Lincoln-Sudbury (6-2-0) are opponents this week.

#5 Hingham (5-1-2) is back up two spaces in this week’s rankings, after Sunday’s big 2-1 win over Arlington, which followed a win over Central Catholic, 4-1. The Harbormen will scrimmage with Marshfield at Fenway Park and then face #14 Braintree (3-2-0) on Saturday.

The Spy Ponders host Winchester on Wednesday, and will have a huge tussle with #8 Belmont on Saturday.

#7 Wellesley remained perfect at 7-0-0, its only result a 5-0 shutout win over Natick. The Raiders look ahead to key battle with #16 Framingham (5-2-0) on Wednesday.

Belmont is coming off a very impressive week, first taking down #9 BC High, 3-1, and then Winchester, 5-1. The Marauders will learn a lot about themselves this week when they face Reading and Arlington.

BC High (4-2-1) dropped a bit in this competitive Division 1 group with the loss to Belmont. The Eagles took out their frustrations Sunday in a 9-1 rout of Malden Catholic. They should give CM a battle on Wednesday.

Shutout wins over Quincy and Duxbury highlighted #10 Marshfield‘s week. The Rams (6-1-1) are off until a Saturday date with Hanover, the Fenway scrimmage with Hingham notwithstanding.

#11 St. Mary’s (8-0-1) continues its upward trend as well, following a 4-3 OT win over Arlington Catholic with a 6-0 conquest of Bishop Feehan. The Spartans have a big league game with #20 Archbishop Williams (5-3-0) on Wednesday.

#12 Franklin (6-1-0) took down D2 power Canton 2-0 on Saturday. The Panthers get league foes Foxboro (Wednesday) and Mansfield (Saturday).

A pair of losses drops Xaverian (4-3-0) to #13. Malden Catholic (Wednesday) and BC High (Saturday) are on this week’s docket.

#14 Braintree (3-2-0) is scheduled to take on Weymouth on Wednesday prior to the Hingham battle.

#15 Lincoln-Sudbury (6-2-0) had a bang-up week with wins over Westford Academy (6-1) and Tewksbury (2-1 in OT). The Warriors look forward to Saturday’s scheduled match-up with Pope Francis.

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