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This weeks rankings from ESPN Boston -
1. St. John’s Prep (5-0-3; Last week – 1): It’s no reason to the move the Eagles out of the top spot yet, but consecutive ties against Catholic Conference foes Malden Catholic and Xaverian just serves to underscore the fact that there might just be more parity in MIAA hockey this year than in any year this decade.
2. BC High (7-0-1; Last week – 2): The Eagles held off bitter rival CM’s comeback charge with a six-point game from Kayser Raei. Then, they kept their winning ways going with a handy 3-1 win over Winchester.
3. Pope Francis (7-1-1; Last week – 3): The Cardinals completed their sweep against Rhode Island-based powers with a 7-2 win over Mount St. Charles at the Olympia on Saturday.
4. Malden Catholic (4-1-1; Last week – 4): The Lancers took a point away from No. 1 Prep with a 2-2 tie at Ristuccia, thanks to Nick Botticelli’s breakaway goal inside of two minutes to play.
5. Austin Prep (5-1-1; Last week – 2): The Cougars held serve with a 5-1 win over a tough, defensive-minded Billerica squad at Hallenbourg on Saturday.
6. St. Mary’s of Lynn (9-1-0; Last week – 7): The Spartans scored a key Catholic Central win at Archbishop Williams on Saturday, with a 3-point game from Eric Pedro. They continue their league schedule with a visit to AC on Wednesday.
7. Arlington (6-0-1; Last week – 8): The Spy Ponders moved into a tie atop the Middlesex League Liberty division standings with their come-from-behind 5-4 win over Woburn on Saturday.
8. Winchester (6-1-1; Last week – 10): The Sachems looked as though they could hang with No. 2 BC High despite a 3-1 loss to the Eagles on Monday. Coupled with an impressive 2-0 win over Reading and they’re on the move this week.
9. Hingham (5-3-1; Last week – 12): The Harbormen are on a four-game winning streak to start the new year, following Saturday’s 5-2 win over Westford Academy.
10. Chelmsford (5-0-2; Last week – 22): Look no further than the Lions’ 3-0 win over Central Catholic on Saturday as an early candidate for upset of the year. Blake Alber turned aside 22 shots as Chelmsford took the inside track to the DCL/MVC Division 1 championship.
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Walpole has no business being in this conversation. No other team besides Canton has an easier overall schedule. Walpole tied a mediocre BR team yesterday 1-1, and really should have lost except for a highly questionable call at the end that disallowed game-winning goal.
BC High will be number #1 this next week.....almost certain.