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Massachusetts Boys D1 Top 20: It’s Showdown Week For Division 1 Heavies

Massachusetts Boys Division 1 Top 20

RankTeamPR*WLT
1BC High1911
2Pope Francis2911
3Arlington3812
4Austin Prep41112
5Hingham51120
6Catholic Memorial61020
7St. Mary's81220
8Framingham91121
9Duxbury131220
10Xaverian10841
11Marshfield7732
12Archbishop Williams15822
13Winchester111030
14Andover12632
15Braintree19840
16Reading16752
17Billerica17823
18Melrose14815
19St. John's Prep18453
20NeedhamNR1050

As far as showdown games go at the Division 1 level, the upcoming week is chock full of them, the results of which could be very telling by the end of next weekend.

Take a look.

1/28: #1 BC High vs #8 Framingham

1/28: #4 Austin Prep vs #3 Arlington

1/28: #15 Braintree vs #5 Hingham

1/30: #5 Hingham vs #6 Catholic Memorial

1/30: #13 Winchester vs #18 Melrose

1/30: #17 Billerica vs #14 Andover

1/31: #1 BC High vs #2 Pope Francis

2/2: #5 Hingham vs #2 Pope Francis

2/2: #3 Arlington vs #16 Reading

For this week, the top six teams in the HNIB News Massachusetts Boys D1 Top 20 remain the same, including at the top, where #1 BC High (9-1-1) and #2 Pope Francis (9-1-1) stay put. Their Thursday battle at UMass-Boston (6:15pm) will be their second meeting of the year, with the Eagles winning 5-4 in late December at the Frates Tournament.

Both teams are coming off 6-0 wins, the Eagles over Burlington, and the Cardinals over Andover.

#3 Arlington (8-1-2) and #4 Austin Prep (11-1-2) square off Monday at Breakaway Ice Center (7:20pm). The Ponders returned from a 10-day layoff to blank Wilmington (4-0) Saturday, while the Cougars, after tying St. John’s of Shrewsbury (2-2), had a pair of shutout wins over Matignon (9-0) and Bishop Fenwick (5-0).

#5 Hingham (11-2-0) and #6 Catholic Memorial (10-2-0) meet Wednesday at Warrior Arena (7 pm). The Harbormen had a solid week, knocking off #7 St. Mary’s (4-2) and St. John’s of Shrewsbury (6-2). CM had a three-win week, beating Reading (4-3), Falmouth (4-1) and Malden Catholic (6-1).

St. Mary’s (12-2-0) rebounded from the loss to Hingham with a 3-1 win over Arlington Catholic. The Spartans have a pair of non-leaguers this week with Newburyport (Wednesday) and Franklin (Saturday).

Framingham (11-2-1) is up to #8, as the Flyers registered two more shutouts, blanking Newton North (7-0) and Walpole (3-0). The Flyers have allowed just 19 goals in 14 games and look to keep their success going against BC High Monday.

The big mover of the week is #9 Duxbury (12-2-0), up four spots with a couple of signature shutouts of #10 Xaverian (2-0) and #11 Marshfield (3-0). The Dragons get Quincy (Wednesday) and Barnstable (Saturday).

Archbishop Williams (8-2-2) is up to #12 this week and face league rivals Arlington Catholic (Wednesday) and Bishop Fenwick (Saturday) this week.

And, there are know no more undefeated teams left in Division 1, as #18 Melrose (8-1-5) fell Saturday to #16 Reading (7-5-2) by a 2-0 count.

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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