Here's a quick rundown of the teams in the Super 8 ice hockey tournament.
1. Catholic Memorial
Good wins: Springfield Cathedral, Hingham, Malden Catholic and Central Catholic
Leading scorer: Derek Collucci 17-18-37
Goaltender: Tommy Knox
The Knights were sliding a bit coming into the tournament, but with wins over Springfield Cathedral, Hingham, Malden Catholic and Central Catholic they boast the most good wins in the tournament. Their only blemish was a late season loss to St. John's Prep and that CM team was depleted by suspensions and injuries. They are a scary team with the most decorated coach in Super 8 history in Bill Hanson.
2. Austin Prep
Good wins: Hingham, Central Catholic
Leading scorer: Brendan Silk 21-14-35
Goaltender: Brendan Leahy
The Cougars have wins over Hingham and Central Catholic as well as a Catholic Central League title this season. Austin Prep's only loss this year was a 3-2 game against Malden Catholic in late December and they have been playing great hockey since. As the only team in the tournament that did not go last year AP will have something to prove.
Good wins: Winchester, St. John's Prep, Needham
Leading scorer: Tim Driscoll 29-22-51
Goaltender: Derek McInnis
The Harbormen have had a great season and are one of the top teams in the state, but they haven't gotten a great win this season. They have tied Malden Catholic and Springfield Cathedral as well as lost to CM and Austin Prep by just one goal. They have shown they can play with the top teams in the state, but they have to show that they can beat one.
4. Malden Catholic
Good wins: Austin Prep, Needham
Leading scorer: Mike Vecchione 19-23-42
Goaltender: Ryan DiMare
Chris Serino has his team ready to get back to the crossover round this year after struggling early. Malden Catholic boasts three of the top five scorers in the Catholic Conference and hasn't lost since mid-January. They are deep and experienced and will be a tough draw for anyone in the tournament.
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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