Good wins: Springfield Cathedral (shootout win)
Leading scorer: Sam Kane 26-15-41
Goaltender: Evan MacDonald
Needham won the Bay State Conference with a perfect record, unfortunately for them they haven't had much in the way of big time wins outside of the conference. Their best showing of the season was in the Springfield Cathedral Tournament a few weeks ago when they took MC and the hosts to overtime.
6. Springfield Cathedral
Good wins: none
Leading scorer: Austin Orszulak 21-24-45
Goaltender: PJ DaMario
The Panthers have tied Needham, Hingham and Austin Prep this season, but they don't have a major win to really make their record sparkle. Their biggest advantage will be their relative obscurity. As they play in the Western and Central portions of the state the teams from Eastern Mass haven't seen them as much.
Good wins: Burlington, Malden Catholic
Leading scorer: Tommy Jenkins 8-12-20
Goaltender: Kyle MacDonald
Xaverian is a solid defensive squad that relies on MacDonald to be on top of his game as he was in the play-in game against Burlington. He has a 1.95 GAA and has posted 5 shutouts this season.
Good wins: Woburn, Burlington, Central Catholc
Leading scorer: Mike Seward, TJ Hickey
Goaltender: Mike Messuri
The Sachems have played their best hockey of the season in the past two weeks, knocking off Woburn 3-1 to win the Middlesex League and then a 5-3 victory over Central Catholic in the play-in game. Though they lack a real marquee win on their resume, the Middlesex League is a tough league to play in as the performances of its teams in the past few Super 8's have indicated.
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