Malden Catholic maintains the top spot of the Globe boys hockey Top 20 following a big 8-3 win over Xaverian which kept them undefeated, 4-0, in the Catholic Conference.
BC High dropped down just one spot after an 0-1-1 week, with the loss coming at the hands of St. John's Prep who look ready for another second-half surge as they move up to number five.
Woburn takes the biggest hit of the week, dropping from No. 2 to No. 10 after losses to Burlington and Reading. Of course Burlington gets the biggest bump (up from No. 14 to No. 9), since their 3-0 win over Woburn was the team's second this season over the former No. 2 team.
It's tough to keep Catholic Memorial in the Top 10 when they are a sub-.500 team in the midst of a four game losing streak. Yet all of those losses have come at the hands of Top 10 opponents and CM will always be CM, so they remain in striking distance at number 12. We will know where they truly stand when they hit a five game Catholic Conference run following their game on Monday against Weymouth.
No. 13 Austin Prep and No. 14 Reading jump up two spots each and No. 15 Falmouth and No. 16 Westford Academy slide up three spots apiece, but there is a huge logjam ahead of these teams, so they will need big wins moving forward and each team should have ample chances to prove themselves.
Franklin and Andover are out , making way for 19th-ranked Arlington Catholic to find their way back into the mix and Canton to make their debut at number 20.
Some bubble teams for this week include Boston Latin (7-0-3), Braintree (7-2-2), Chelmsford (8-3), Milton (9-2), Norwood (8-2-3).
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- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls hockey
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