Mass. Boys HS Hockey – Final Division 1 Top 20: Resilient St. John’s Prep Win Truly A Team Effort

Gary Demopouloshttp://www.hnibnews.com
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 Prep12230
2Xaverian32041
3Arlington71952
4Hingham22041
5Belmont41923
6Austin Prep51842
7Braintree91742
8Pope Francis61362
9BC High1910131
10Catholic Memorial81561
11Marshfield101662
12St. Mary's141185
13Franklin151490
14Reading1211102
15Malden Catholic1312100
16Wellesley111236
17Archbishop WilliamsNR1391
18Chelmsford161561
19Winchester181193
20 Milton201480

Say what you will about the new statewide Divison 1 tournament format, but this year’s post-season was chock full of exciting action and thrilling games. And when it came down to the end, the top two seeds were left standing.

#1 St. John’s Prep (22-3-0) was the top-ranked team heading into the post-season in the HNIB News Massachusetts Division 1 Top 20, and they remain, after pocketing the state title with a win over #2 Xaverian (20-4-1).

The Hawks reached the finals with some nail-biting post-season wins, most notably the 5-4 2OT victory over #3 Arlington (19-5-2) that saw the Spy Ponders rally for three late goals to tie it.

It was that Arlington team that ended #4 Hingham’s (20-4-1) season in a thrilling, quartefinal matchup. Despite the loss, it was a banner season for the Harbormen.

As it was for #5 Belmont (19-2-3). The Marauders won the Middlesex League Liberty title.

Austin Prep (18-4-2) finished at #6 in this its final season as an MIAA program.

#7 Braintree (17-4-2) went unbeaten in its Bay State Conference schedule, and had post-season triumphs over #8 Pope Francis (13-6-2) and Framingham. Things look bright for Pope, who competed with a very young club this winter.

Rounding out the final Top 20 are BC High (10-13-1) at #9 and Catholic Memorial (15-6-1) at #10. The Eagles were the biggest movers of the post-season, and were less than a minute away of beating champion St. John’s Prep in a semifinal contest. One of BC High’s post-season wins was a 1-0 verdict over the Knights.

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