Five leftover thoughts following today's seedings process:
- How about Hingham?: The biggest surprise of the day, to us at least, was the placement of Hingham as the No. 2 seed in the tournament. Granted, the Harbormen topped St. John's Prep (the next logical choice for that slot) earlier this season, but Hingham also fell to BC High in the opening round of the Cape Cod Classic this past week. We figured that -- along with a midseason loss to Waltham -- would push the Harbormen further down in the rankings, but the committee strongly backed them and bestowed a lofty perch.
- BC High vs. CM: Should be fun to see these two rivals meet in round robin play. That's a great pool with BC High, Catholic Memorial, Reading, and the Westford/Waltham winner. If our calculations are correct, BC High will meet Catholic Memorial in the third round of round-robin play and it'll undoubtedly have an effect on how the crossover bracket looks.
- History: Two bits of history were made today: The Catholic Conference got its entire league into the Super 8 bracket for the first time (this after getting a remarkable four teams in last year), while the Catholic Central League was shut out of the Division 1A tournament for the first time in its 18-year history.
- No respect for CMass?: The folks at St. Bernard's of Fitchburg were certainly disappointed with the outcome of the meeting, feeling they deserved a spot in the top 10. The only head-to-head matchup they had against another Super 8 team was a 3-2 loss to Malden Catholic way back on Dec. 27. Safe to say, the Bernardians saved their best hockey for the end of the season, but it simply wasn't enough. Westford seemed to draw accolades for a challenging nonleague schedule, which included wins over Waltham and Xaverian, two teams that the committee had pushed through earlier in the voting.
- Division 1 friendly play-ins: The folks in the Division 1 tournaments usually have to put their brackets on hold while the Super 8 play-ins unfold. Fortunately, those two games broke down with two South competitors (Needham and Xaverian) and two North squads (Waltham and Westford) facing each other on Monday night. That means one team will fall into each bracket (as the top seed) and since those teams more often than not receive a bye, teams don't have to wait until Monday to have a sense of how the brackets will shake down.
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