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Massachusetts D-1 Boys Poll: B.C. High still # 1

Massachusetts Division 1 Boys Poll

RankTeamWLT
1B.C. High802
2Malden Catholic620
3Central Catholic811
4Springfield Cathedral921
5Catholic Memorial712
6Xaverian613
7Austin Prep622
8Arlington Catholic711
9Marshfield830
10St. John's (S)732
11Walpole821
12Wilmington714
13Reading642
14St. Mary's841
15St. John's Prep451
16Milton1010
17Acton-Boxboro513
18Burlington514
19Melrose822
20Barnstable533

*Updated 1/19/14

 

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.

Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Kevin joined HNIB in 1990 and is a Senior Writer and Director of the Northern New England and Mass/R.I. High School Division camps. A veteran editor/writer of 40 years in the print and digital mediums, he has edited and produced original content and coordinated production for local and global publications and websites. He holds degrees from Merrimack College and Boston University and won multiple industry awards as Sports Editor of The Daily News of Newburyport and News Editor of The Amesbury News. He is the 2016 recipient of the North Shore Lifetime Commitment From the Community award presented by Moynihan Lumber and a 2017 Newburyport High School Wall of Fame inductee. He resides with his family in Portsmouth, NH. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @kdoyle40
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