Re: EMASS Girls Hockey 2012-2013
posted at 1/7/2013 1:37 PM EST
With the passing of New Years the high school hockey season is in full swing. Here are my thoughts on some of the top leagues and conferences so far:
Middlesex Liberty – I think this is the best league in girl’s hockey. Woburn, Reading and Lexington are not only vying for a league title they are competing for a state title. Arlington will make a run in D1 and Winchester and Belmont will go a few rounds in D2 tourney.
Merrimack/Dual Large – Westford, AB and Andover are going to battle. I believe Andover was up 2-0 on Westford only to give up 3 in the 3rd and take an L. Andover then went on to beat AB last week. I would not sleep on Billerica either.
SEMGHL Coastal – Falmouth, Barnstable and Duxbury are the head of the class here. Sandwich is better and may sneak into post season.
Bay State Herget – Walpole, Wellesley will fight it out of crown but Norwood won’t be far off. Milton is getting strong goaltending and is on the rise. Natick should qualify for post season and Dedham has the fire power but needs to get support in net.
Top 5 Teams in D1:
Woburn, Reading, Hingham, Lexington and Marys
Top 5 Teams in D2:
Falmouth, Duxbury, Wellesley, Walpole and Canton
Other league and conference thoughts:
GEMIHL – CAL/Northeast – Beverly-Danvers is loaded with upperclassmen and played Lexington tough in a 4-1L in the preliminary round last year. Lynn/Winthrop will push them and has post season swagger. GBL/Metro - Cambridge is tops here. They play Beverly this week so that will be a game to measure where these teams are.
SEMGHL – East – Marshfield and MV are playing well but look for 2nd year program Norwell to make some noise as well. SEMGHL – West - Canton and Westwood will go battle as they do every season. Franklin is a bit down this season. Medfield and Medway will make post season.
The Middlesex Freedom, Merrimack/Dual Small and Catholic Conf look to be 1 team races. Watertown despite the loss of some fire power can lean on EL for scoring. LS has an exceptional goaltender. Fontbonne has two freshman goalies seeing action and like Watertown lost fire power but is managing to get it elsewhere.
The Bay State Carey will be decided by Braintree and Framingham. Needham is improved and could qualify for the tourney and or finish second in the Carey if things break right.
The Catholic Central race doesn’t even matter to the teams in the conference. Marys and AC are shooting for state titles. Archies has been a pleasant surprise so far. AP has the best goalie in the state.
The Central/West – is tough to call. Shrewsbury has been good in past and got off to a good start this season. They play AP so that should give a better view of what they got. Springfield Cathedral’s sample size is too small to evaluate.
Hingham is an Independent and it goes without saying that they will be def one of the final 8 and probably a final 4 team this season.
Hingham will be the site for the 1st Super 8 hockey tourney. It will be during Feb. break and give the top 8 teams a chance to get some good work in prior to the state tourney. The field is: Hingham, Duxbury, Arlington, AC, Woburn, Lexington, AB and Marys. Could this lead to a post season girls Super 8, maybe in a few years...
Falmouth is also hosting a late season tourney with Barnstable, Norwood and Wellesley. That sounds like a nice post season tune up.
An ALL STAR event for girls is in the making. Game would be late March with teams able to nominate 2 players. It would be a state wide event similar to the boys. Juniors and seniors would be eligible. It would possibly be played back to back with the boy's game.