Mass. Girls HS Hockey – Division 1 Top 10: League Tourneys Dominate Final Week Of Season

Gary Demopoulos
Gary Demopoulos
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

1St. Mary's 11223
2Austin Prep2712
9Peabody/Lynnfield/North ReadingNR810

The final week of the truncated 2020-2021 season is upon us, and will be dominated by league post-season tournament action, put in place with the state tournaments shelved for this winter.

This week’s HNIB News Massachusetts Girls Division 1 Top 10 features two new members. The majority of clubs took care of business this past week to keep their spots in the rankings.

#1 St. Mary’s (12-2-3) and #2 Austin Prep (7-1-2) will meet for the fourth time this season in a Catholic Central League semifinal Wednesday. The Spartans dispatched Archbishop Williams in a Saturday quarterfinal, while Cougars advanced as well when their expected matchup with Bishop Feehan was called off as the Shamrocks were unable to play.

#3 Arlington (7-0-2) and #4 Woburn (7-1-1) are expected to be the top two seeds in the upcoming Middlesex League post-season tournament. The Spy Ponders beat Belmont Saturday (4-1) and face the Marauders again Monday in the regular season finale. The Tanners doubled up Winchester (6-3) and get their rival again Monday. A third meeting between these two powers looms.

#5 Duxbury opened up Patriot Cup play with a 4-0 shutout win over Quincy/North Quincy. A semifinal date with the winner of Monday’s Hingham-Cohasset/Hanover game is scheduled for Wednesday.

#6 Billerica/Chelmsford (8-1-0) knocked off Andover and HPNA this week, finishes its regular season Monday with a return match with HPNA, then will play either Andover or Methuen/Tewskbury in the MVC Tournament final this weeked at Tsongas Arena.

#7 Waltham (5-0-1) is still unbeaten and will face Concord-Carlisle in Monday’s Dual County League Divsion 1 championship game. Fellow DCL member #8 Lincoln-Sudbury (7-1-2) is all done for the year after a solid campaign.

This week’s first newcomer is Peabody/Lynnfield/North Reading (8-1-0) at #9. PLNR avenged its only loss to date with a mid-week win over Winthrop. With no post-season tournament in the Northeastern Hockey League, it will be a busy week of regular season action for PLNR, starting with Beverly/Danvers Monday,  as they strive for a third straight league crown.

Also new this week is Shrewsbury (6-1-2), which tied up unbeaten Algonquin, 2-2, on Sunday night. The teams meet two more times this week as well.

TEAMS TO WATCH: Needham, Andover, Methuen/Tewksbury, Winthrop, Acton-Boxboro

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