MC returns to boys' hockey No. 1


Off to an undefeated start, four-time defending Super 8 tournament champion Malden Catholic returns to the top spot in our statewide MIAA boys' hockey Top 25 poll this week.

The Lancers entered the week having not allowed a goal in their three Catholic Conference wins, taking control of the league race.

For this week's complete poll, click HERE.

(Editor's Note: Records are as of Monday, Jan. 12)

Hawks make their move: There was plenty of jockeying for position in the top 10 of the poll in the last week or so. Xaverian made the biggest move, jumping up to No. 3 after dealing BC High its second straight Catholic Conference loss on Saturday. The Eagles fell two spots down to No. 4.

Austin Prep reasserted its dominance over the Catholic Central Large with a win over rival Arlington Catholic over the weekend and moves to No. 5.

Hingham makes a splash in the top 10 as well, moving up eight spots to No. 8 this week.

Who wants the Middlesex?: Year in and year out, the Middlesex League is one of the hottest contested battles in all the state. And yet, through the fist half of the season, it's been a bit of a surprise which teams has risen to the top.

Woburn has already eclipsed its win total from a year ago, going 5-1-1 entering this week's action. Now the Tanners, who debuted at No. 11 this week, have some competition hot on their heels, as Burlington slides to No. 12 this week. Of course, the Winn Street rivals have another installment of their storied series next month.

Arlington (No. 22) and Winchester (25) round out the Middlesex contingent in the poll this week, which checks in with the second most total by a conference, trailing only the Catholic Conference with five.

Hello, old friends: With a sea change underfoot in the back half of the poll, several teams made their debut this week who haven't been seen in the poll in more than a year.

Andover, which is undefeated entering this week's action, checks in at No. 17, its highest showing since the 2011-12 season.

Another undefeated side in Westwood makes its debut at No. 20, the Wolverines' first poll appearance in more than two years. Another D2 South power also checks in this week, with Coyle-Cassidy sliding in at No. 23.

Meanwhile, unbeaten Wellesley makes the program's first poll appearance at No. 24 this week.