Massachusetts Boys D1 Top 20
In a week that saw 19 postponements, enough hockey was played to present our first in-season Massachusetts Boys Division 1 Top 20. And, to that end, there haven’t been any significant surprises.
** One piece of business – teams that have yet to play a game due to COVID restrictions won’t be ranked until their season gets under way. That is why a high-caliber squad such as Natick, ranked No. 5 in our pre-season poll, doesn’t appear this week.
Onto the business at hand:
No. 1 Pope Francis (3-0-0) has exploded out of the gate. The Cardinals finally gave up a goal in Sunday’s 6-1 win against Bp. Feehan after opening with consecutive shutouts of Bridgewater-Raynham, 7-0, and Austin Prep, 8-0.
No. 2 BC High (2-0-0) dominated its first two Catholic Conference opponents, taking down defending league champion Catholic Meorial, 7-1, and Xaverian, 5-2, in convincing fashion. Sunday night’s game against St. John’s (S) was postponed.
No. 3 Woburn (3-0-0) has announced itself in a major way. The Tanners followed up their two-game sweep of reigning Division 1A co-champion Arlington with a 5-1 decision of Reading and have outscored opponents, 14-5.
After consecutive postponements, No. 4 St. Mary’s (2-0-1) ended a 10-day hiatus by tying Austin Prep last Wednesday, 3-3, in the Catholic Central Large, then completed a season series sweep against Bishop Fenwick Saturday.
No. 5 St. John’s (S) (1-0-0) made its Catholic Conference debut with a 3-2 win against Catholic Memorial. Sunday’s test against B.C. High was postponed.
No. 6 Hingham (3-0-0) bumps up five spots and is playing its typically stout defensive brand of hockey, having allowed just two goals thus far.
After Saturday’s shellacking at the hands of Pope Francis, No. 7 Austin Prep (3-1-2) faces a busy three-game week in the Catholic Central Large.
No. 8 Belmont (3-0-0) is unscored on in the Middlesex Liberty following a season-opening series sweep of Lexington and Saturday’s 2-0 whitewash of Winchester.
No. 9 Braintree (2-0-0) outscored Newton North in a season-opening sweep but is coming off an empty week following a pair of COVID postponements.
No. 10 Burlington (2-0-0) swept Wilmington to open the season and resumes action Monday with a holiday date against Stoneham.
No. 11 Xaverian (0-1-1) bounced back from its opening loss to BC High to salvage a well-earned point from SJP.
No. 12 Arlington (0-2-0) shoots to get going this week with games against Lexington and Winchester.
No. 13 Archbishop Williams (3-0-3) was unranked in the pre-season but is 2-0-1 in the CCL, having swept Arlington Catholic and tied Austin Prep.
No. 14 St. John’s Prep (0-0-1) dressed 15 new varsity players in Saturday’s 1-1 tie with Xaverian in the Catholic Conference.
No. 15 Catholic Memorial (0-2-0) is not off to the start it hoped for and will look to regain its footing this week against Xaverian.
No. 16 Franklin (4-1-0) climbs five spots, having outscored its Hockomock League opponents, 25-10.
No. 17 Walpole (2-1-0), No. 18 Melrose (1-0-1), No. 19 Central Catholic (2-0-0) and No. 20 Duxbury (2-2-1) complete this week’s rankings.