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Mass. Boys HS Hockey: Division I Poll

Massachusetts Division 1 Boys Poll

RankTeamWLT
1Malden Catholic500
2B.C. High501
3Central Catholic501
4Springfield Cathedral511
5Catholic Memorial510
6Xaverian601
7Arlington Catholic501
8Austin Prep321
9St. John's (S)411
10Reading520
11Archbishop Williams321
12Milton600
13St. John's Prep330
14Melrose511
15Burlington312
16St. Mary's431
17Falmouth521
18Wilmington413
19Bridgewater-Raynham421
20Marshfield430

 

*Updated 1/5/14

The holidays have come and gone and three-time defending Div. 1A State Champion and No. 1 Malden Catholic remains firmly ensconced atop the poll. In its only action of the week, MC turned back a pretty sound effort by St. John’s Prep, 3-1, at Frozen Fenway on New Year’s Eve Day.

 

A light week saw No. 2 B.C. High (5-0-1) surrender its first point in Saturday’s 2-all tie with Xaverian. Anchored by sophomore goalie Brandon Payzant (0.85, .948), the Eagles have emerged as one of the division’s premier defensive teams. They host MC Tuesday night at UMass-Boston (7) in a key Catholic Conference joust.

 

No. 3 Central Catholic (5-0-1) bumps up three spots. After handling Austin Prep on New Year’s Day (4-1), the Raiders rallied to trip St. John’s Prep (5-3) on Saturday. The line of Lloyd Hayes, Alex Lester and Corey Webber is lighting it up with cumulative 17-25-42 totals through six games.

Lloyd Hayes Central Catholic

Lloyd Hayes
Central Catholic

 

No. 4 Springfield Cathedral (5-1-1) wore out Division 1 newbie Franklin on Saturday, 6-2. Junior forwards Peter Crinella (11-9-20) and D.J. Petruzzelli (7-13-20) are off to explosive starts for the Panthers, who host St. John’s (S) in a Catholic West clash Thursday.

 

No. 5 Catholic Memorial (5-1-0) continued to take of business with tidy decisions of Needham and Hingham. CM is off until Saturday when it finally plays its first Catholic Conference game at St. John’s Prep. Sophomore keeper Brandon Collett (1.64, .918) has been sharp.

 

If No. 6 Xaverian (6-0-1) had escaped the attention of some, the Hawks certainly have it now after Saturday’s tie with B.C. High in their Catholic Conference lid-lifter. St. John’s Prep is next on Wednesday.

 

No. 7 Arlington Catholic (5-0-1) moves up two notches and continues to play well. The Cougars claimed the Winter Showcase Classic crown Monday, shut out Bishop Fenwick Wednesday and tied Austin Prep Saturday.

 

No. 8 Austin Prep (3-2-1) drops four spots after a week that saw it fall to Central Catholic, then scramble to tie AC Saturday on a late Bobo Carpenter goal. Next up is a major road test at Archbishop Williams Wednesday.

 

No. 9 St. John’s of Shrewsbury (4-1-1) cracks the Top 10 for the first time this winter. The Pioneers scored a convincing 5-2 win against Archbishop Williams Saturday. Senior goalie Mario Pizzeri (1.60, .934) has excelled.

 

No. 10 Reading (5-2-0) is the lone public school to crack the Top 10. The Rockets have not fared well against outside competition but continue unbeaten atop the Middlesex League’s Liberty Division.

Kevin Doyle

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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