Massachusetts Boys D1 Top 20
It certainly was a memorable run to a state championship for Pope Francis (21-2-4). It also wasn’t easy, as the Cardinals won four one-goal games in a row, culminated by a 3-2 last minute win over Xaverian in the MIAA D1 state final at TD Garden.
Pope Francis, which moves into the #1 spot in the HNIB News Final Boys Division 1 Top 20, also beat Wellesley (3-2 in OT), Marshfield (1-0), and defending champ St. John’s Prep (1-0) en route to the championship game.
St. John’s Prep (20-3-2) which entered the post-season as the top seed, closes out at #2.
#3 Xaverian (16-9-0) entered the post-season playing its best hockey of the year, and fell just a goal short of a state title. With a young team, the future bodes well for the Hawks.
Catholic Memorial (19-3-1) finishes at #4. The Knights’ season came to end in a loss to Xaverian in a quarterfinal match-up.
The biggest mover from the end of the regular season is #5 Reading (14-8-4), which climbed all the way from #14 after a tournament that saw the Rockets knocked off Woburn, Hingham and Braintree, the latter two on the road, before a heartbreaking 1-0 overtime loss to Xaverian in the semifinals.
All in all it was a great regular season and post-season in Division 1, which featured many outstanding teams.