Mass. Girls HS Hockey – Division 1 Top 10: #1 St. Mary’s Edges #3 Notre Dame, 1-0; #6 HPNA Picks Up Key Win Over Billerica/Chelmsford

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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Mass. Girls D1 Top 10

RankTeam*PRWLT
1St. Mary’s11300
2Shrewsbury21001
3Notre Dame Academy3730
4Winthrop41000
5Peabody/Lynnfield/North Reading51020
6HPNA8931
7Methuen/Tewksbury7731
8Arlington9820
9Billerica/Chelmsford6650
10Pope FrancisNR731

Two of the state’s best teams met Saturday and battled each other for a full 45 minutes. With overtime looming, #1 St. Mary’s (13-0-0) got a goal from senior Maggie Pierce with 33.7 seconds left in regulation to take a 1-0 win over #3 Notre Dame Academy (7-3-0).

With the win, the Spartans continue their stay at the top of this week’s HNIB News Massachusetts Girls Division 1 Top 10. They face Billerica/Chelmsford Wednesday and have a showdown with D2 #2 Archbishop Williams scheduled on the road Saturday.

Notre Dame, which did beat Needham (6-1) and Hingham (1-0) this week, looks ahead to LaSalle Academy (Wednesday) and Boston Latin (Saturday).

In between, Shrewsbury (10-0-1) stays at #2, even after suffering its first blemish of the season in a 0-0 deadlock with D2 #4 Andover Saturday. The Colonials had a win over Westford Academy (5-0) and will see Acton-Boxboro (Wednesday) and HPNA (Saturday).

#4 Winthrop (10-0-0) returned to the ice Saturday and downed Beverly/Danvers (4-1). The Vikings are off until this coming Saturday when the face off with Shawsheen/Bedford.

Northeastern Hockey League rival Peabody/Lynnfield/North Reading (10-2-0) is right behind at #5 after dispatching Medford (6-0). This week, PLNR gets Gloucester (Wednesday) and Beverly/Danvers (Saturday).

HPNA (9-3-1) gets the #6 spot after Sunday’s 1-0 win over #9 Billerica/Chelmsford (6-5-0) in a typical MVC/Dual County Large game. They also beat Lincold-Sudbury (3-1) and Acton-Boxboro (5-0). The gauntlet continues this week with Andover (Wednesday) and Shrewsbury (Saturday) on the horizon.

#7 Methuen/Tewksbury (7-3-1) posted wins over Masconomet (4-0) and Acton-Boxboro (3-1) and a scoreless time with Waltham. Westford is up next on Wednesday.

#8 Arlington had a solid 3-0 win over Reading Saturday to improve to 8-2-0. The Spy Ponders will play Burlington (Wednesday) and Stoneham/Wilmington (Saturday) this week.

Billerica/Chelmsford drops to #9. B/C also fell to Andover 2-1 in another one-goal game. A key league game looms Saturday against Methuen/Tewksbury.

And new to this week’s Top 10 is #10 Pope Francis (7-3-1). The Cardinals ran off three wins this week, over Acton-Boxboro (6-1), Auburn (2-1) and Marblehead (2-0). They will get ready for Algonquin on Saturday.

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