With two wins each, St. John’s Prep and BC High have already punched their tickets to the Super 8 crossover round and top-ranked Malden Catholic, also 2-0, is a virtual lock to advance, with Central Catholic and Weymouth each suffering a loss. It also helps that the Lancers’ goal differential is a Super 8 best plus-8.
That leaves Central Catholic and Weymouth to battle for the fourth and final spot in the crossover round.
On Saturday Weymouth will take on the Lancers, while the Raiders will face winless Hingham.
So with three of the final four teams essentially set and Weymouth and Central Catholic battling for their hockey seasons to continue the question is, “Who do you think will win the crown?”
We took a quick poll around the sports desk and this is what we’re thinking.
Craig Forde: MC -- in the interest of full disclosure Fordy is a Lancer alumnus, “Blue and Gold baby!”
Lorenzo Recupero: St. John’s Prep -- We’re pretty sure it’s just to spite Fordy
Mike O’Brien: BC High -- No explanation offered
Jim Hoban: Xaverian -- Champ, who played for the Hawks back in...let’s say 1903 maybe... would say Xaverian no matter what we asked him. Yes, he knows they’re not in the tournament this year, he just doesn’t see why the Hawks can’t come from out of nowhere.
Jim McBride: MC
As for myself, BC High -- In an effort to get a little serious...I like the work Peter Cronin has done between the pipes and the shot blocking ability of the Eagles. If you don’t give up any goals, you can’t lose.
Will Weymouth be the only public school to get beyond round-robin play and take its place as one of the last four standing? Hingham won it all last year, so you know it’s possible. Who’s daring enough to pick Central Catholic? None of us were for some reason.
Let us know your opinion by voting in the poll.
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