Mass Boys HS Hockey – Division 1 Top 20: Xaverian, CM Roll To Tournament Titles; Arlington Up To #2

Kevin Doyle
Kevin joined HNIB in 1990 and is a Senior Writer and Director of the Northern New England and Mass/R.I. High School Division camps. A veteran editor/writer of 40 years in the print and digital mediums, he has edited and produced original content and coordinated production for local and global publications and websites. He holds degrees from Merrimack College and Boston University and won multiple industry awards as Sports Editor of The Daily News of Newburyport and News Editor of The Amesbury News. He is the 2016 recipient of the North Shore Lifetime Commitment From the Community award presented by Moynihan Lumber and a 2017 Newburyport High School Wall of Fame inductee. He resides with his family in Portsmouth, NH. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @kdoyle40

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Massachusetts Boys D1 Top 20

3Pope Francis3320
4Catholic Memorial5400
5St. John's Prep7210
8Austin Prep14200
16Malden Catholic17410
17BC High2231
18St. Mary's15322
20 FranklinNR440

No. 1 Xaverian (5-0-0) of the Catholic Conference keeps rolling along at the top this week’s HNIB News Massachusetts Division 1 Top 20. The Hawks soared to the Pat Serio Cup championship, blitzing St. John’s of Shrewsbury, 7-1, before shutting out Marshfield in the title game, 2-0.

Kevin Parrish and Brock Casey scored in the title game and Kevin Richardi (14 saves) netted the shutout.

No. 2 Arlington (5-0-0) is off and running in the Middlesex Liberty. The Spy Ponders stopped Woburn Sunday, 4-1. They head to Winchester for a huge contest on Saturday.

No. 3 Pope Francis (3-2-0) defeated Braintree, 4-2, on Dec. 29 and isn’t scheduled to play again until Jan. 15.

No. 4 Catholic Memorial (4-0-0) of the Catholic Conference won the Catholic Memorial Tournament, doubling Notre Dame of West Haven (CT), 6-3, in the semifinals before demolishing Bp. Fenwick, 10-0, in the title game behind Ty Magliozzi’s hat trick.

No. 5 St. John’s Prep (2-1-0) of the Catholic Conference kicks off a 3-game week Monday against New Hampshire stalwart Bishop Guertin  before trips to Austin Prep and Xaverian on Wednesday and Saturday.

No. 6 Braintree (3-1-0) lof the Bay State Herget. lost its first to PF. The Wamps are scheduled to take on Needham at home on Wednesday.

No. 7 Belmont (8-0-0) won last week’s Salem NH Christmas Tournament with three wins in three days, including shutouts of Londonderry and Pinkerton. The Marauders handled Franklin Sunday, 4-1, and return to league play vs. Winchester and Reading this week.

In addition to Wednesday’s match with SJP, No. 8 Austin Prep (2-0-0) also visits league foe Arlington Catholic on Saturday.

No. 9 Winchester (4-0-0) of the Middlesex Liberty, fresh off a big win over Reading, takes on Belmont and Arlington this week, a rugged two-game set for sure.

No. 10 Reading (3-1-0) of the Middlesex Liberty heads toWoburn Wednesday and is home against Belmont Saturday.

No. 11  Hingham (3-2-0) had Monday’s game with Catholic Memorial postponed and will ready for a Wednesday date with St. John’s (S).

No. 12 Waltham (2-1-1) of the MVC/DCL One expects to resume action this week against Billerica and Shrewsbury after nearly 15 days off.

No. 13 Andover (2-2-0) of the MVC/DCL One squares off with Westford Academy and Central Catholic this week

No. 14 Woburn (4-1-0) of the Middlesex Libertyhaditsseason-opening four-game winning streak snapped by Arlington Sunday, 4-1.

No. 15 Marshfield (3-2-1) dropped two straight—the Pat Serio Cup final to Xaverian, 2-0, then 2-1 to Hingham. The Rams face Plymouth North and North Quincy this week.

No. 16 Malden Catholic (4-1-0) of the Catholic Conference tripped up Weymouth Sunday and doesn’t play again until Jan. 12.

No. 17 BC High (2-3-1) of the Catholic Conference faces an empty week after losing to Arlington and tying St, Mary’s. The Eagles get a crack at top-ranked Xaverian next on Jan. 12.

No. 18 St Mary’s (3-2-2) of the Catholic Conference Large earned that impressive non-league tie against BC High on Sunday.

No. 19 Falmouth (5-0-1) of the Cape & Islands Atlantic and No. 20 Franklin (4-4-0) of the Hockomock Kelley-Rex complete this week’s rankings.

** Featured photo courtesy of @BEACHSKATES

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