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Wednesday, January 9, 2013
BC High assumes No. 1 spot in hockey Top 25

By Scott Barboza

With Malden Catholic facing its first MIAA defeat in nearly two calendar years last week, we have a new No. 1 atop this week's ESPN Boston MIAA boys' hockey Top 25 poll.

Unbeaten BC High (5-0-2) makes its first-ever appearance in the No. 1 spot. Catholic Memorial, which handed the Lancers their second straight loss on Tuesday evening with a 7-4 thumping, slide into the No. 2 spot and have yet to drop a point against MIAA competition. Springfield Cathedral holds steady in the No. 3 position, while St. John's Prep (which defeated MC on Saturday) reaches its high-water mark on the season at No. 5, followed by Malden Catholic.

(Note: Rankings do not reflect Tuesday's results)

UPHEAVAL ALL AROUND
Aside from the jockeying at the top of the poll this week, we also saw significant movement to the back end. We welcomed five new teams to the poll this week, including three schools which are making their first-ever poll appearance.

The resurgent Arlington program, which boasts an unbeaten record through the season's first month, makes its debut, slipping inside the Top 20 at No. 19.

Lincoln-Sudbury finds its way into the poll for the first time in our history after displacing Franklin with a 3-2 win in a non-league matchup that could be revisited in the Division 2 Eastern Mass. tournament.

Newburyport (4-1-3) found its way back into the poll for the first time since the 2010-11 season after a hot start and some good showings against Div. 1 opponents at the Cape Cod Freeze Out.

Duxbury makes its first foray into the poll at No. 24 this week and Coyle-Cassidy is back in the Top 25 for the first time this season, rounding out the poll this week.

THE DEPARTED
The turbulence during the last week also cost some much-talked-about team their space in the poll. Braintree (4-3-1), who started the season in our Top 10, fell out of the poll this week after hitting some speed bumps, as did Westford Academy (2-4-1), which has spent the greater portion of the last two seasons ensconced in the Top 25.