Massachusetts Division 1 Boys Poll
|10||St. John's (S)||7||3||2|
|15||St. John's Prep||4||5||1|
Another productive week and more time in the driver’s seat for No. 1 B.C. High (8-0-2) as the season hits its midpoint. The Eagles handled No. 13 Reading, 5-0, early in the week then edged Catholic Conference foe No. 15 St. John’s Prep in the annual Derek Hines Memorial Game Saturday, 4-2.
This is a deep, balanced, experienced squad that is blessed with a high hockey IQ, excels on defense, and plays with controlled offensive aggression, attacking at every opportunity.
“This is a seasoned team that knows what’s at stake. We’re in the mix but we can’t look at what we’ve accomplished, we have to look at what’s ahead of us,” said coach John Flaherty after Saturday’s game.
A 2-1 loss to New Jersey No. 1 Delbarton on Saturday is no reason to move No. 2 Malden Catholic (6-2-0). It’s a busy week for the Lancers, who have a pair of marquee non-league matches prior to Saturday’s league date at Catholic Memorial.
No. 3 Central Catholic (8-1-1) moves up one spot following a 5-3 statement win against Springfield Cathedral this past Wednesday. The Raiders’ top two lines are delivering in a big way.
Fans with Martin Luther King Day off may want to trek to The Icenter in Salem, NH to take in a Malden Catholic-Central Catholic tussle sure to tell a lot about where both clubs stand. The puck drops at 1:30 pm.
No. 4 Cathedral (9-2-1) bounced back from its loss to Central in impressive fashion Saturday, handling Rhode Island stalwart Mount St. Charles, 6-2. The division’s highest-scoring team skates against No. 17 Acton-Boxboro and B.C. High this week.
No. 5 Catholic Memorial (7-1-2) won the Nate Nickerson Invitational title today with a 2-1 OT win against No. 20 Barnstable (a tie for tournament qualification purposes). The Knights are off until Saturday’s encounter with MC.
No. 6 Xaverian (6-1-3) earned a quality 2-2 tie with CM on Wednesday and kicks off a busy week Monday afternoon at home against Chelmsford.
Catholic Central Large leader No. 7 Austin Prep (5-2-2) doesn’t have a loss in league play. The Cougars visit Arlington Catholic Saturday with division control in play.
Following non-league wins against Central Catholic and St. John’s of Shrewsbury, No. 8 Arlington Catholic (7-1-1) was surprised by No. 14 St. Mary’s in league play Saturday.
No. 9 Marshfield (8-3-0) has won six straight and becomes the highest-ranking public school since the pre-season poll.
Following a loss to AC and a 5-5 tie with Connecticut No. 7 Hamden, No. 10 St. John’s of Shrewsbury drops a notch.