Massachusetts Boys Division 1 Top 20
The regular season is now in the stretch drive with less than two weeks to go before the post-season tournaments. There are still 19 teams on the Mass. State Hockey Coaches Association Watch List for the Super 8 tournament, so expect several games this week amongst contenders to have a bearing on that list for next week.
#1 Pope Francis (12-1-2) swept to a title at its recent Invitational Tournament, beating some decent out-of-state competition in Fairfield Prep (5-0) and Delbarton (3-1). The Cardinals get #4 Austin Prep on Wednesday in a rematch of an earlier contest, then play RI’s Mt. St. Charles on Saturday.
#2 BC High (11-2-2) had the weekend off following a win over Malden Catholic (7-1). The Eagles also will be tested this week, with a Monday game at Braintree and a Wednesday tussle with St. Mary’s before their annual trip to the Buddy Ferreira Classic opening up against host Falmouth on Saturday.
#3 Hingham (14-3-1) downed Franklin 3-1 and had a tie Sunday evening with Arlington 2-2. Things won’t get any easier for the Harbormen, who take on #7 Framingham on Monday, before its opening game at the Buddy Ferreira Classic Saturday against Arlington Catholic.
A 1-0 win over St. Mary’s Saturday clinched the Catholic Central League title for Austin Prep (13-2-2), which will look for revenge when it hosts Pope Francis in its only game of this week.
#5 Duxbury (16-2-0) needed a goal in the final minute of regulation Saturday to get past upset-minded Whitman-Hanson 2-1. The Dragons, who also beat Pembroke, have won 10 straight and look ahead to Plymouth North on Wednesday.
Both Austin Prep and Duxbury will be at the Ferreira Classic as well.
#6 Arlington (11-3-3) had a good rebound week, beating league rivals Woburn (4-1) and Lexington (5-1) before the big tie with Hingham. The Spy Ponders have the inside track to the Middlesex League Liberty Division title and take on league foes #13 Winchester (Wednesday) and Belmont (Saturday).
#8 Xaverian (11-4-2) posted a key 5-4 Catholic Conference win over Catholic Memorial, then was deadlocked by Rhode Island’s Moses Brown 1-1. The Hawks will play Marshfield on Wednesday before seeing Framingham.
That loss to Xaverian was #9 Catholic Memorial‘s (10-5-0) only action of the week. The Knights would need a big week against St. John’s Prep (Wednesday) and St. John’s Shrewsbury (Saturday) to keep themselves in the Super 8 conversation.
A pair of shutout wins helps Marshfield (10-4-2) vault up to #11. The Rams hope to keep things going against Xaverian.
#12 Reading (10-6-2) officially clinched its post-season berth with Saturday’s 5-1 win over Woburn. The Rockets close out their league slate Wednesday against Belmont. They open play Saturday at the Buddy Ferreira Classic against Austin Prep.