Malden Catholic remains the king of the hill following a 7-4 win over BC High, who also stay put in the third spot after a very strong start to their season in the Globe boys hockey Top 20.
Woburn makes the leap to the second spot because they sport one of the stingiest defenses around allowing only 11 goals in their first seven games. They have also proven that they can bear down in tight games and come away the desired outcome.
St. Maryís makes the biggest jump of the week after flattening nearly everyone in their path with their only loss and tie of the year coming at the hands of the top-ranked Lancers. In their seven wins the Spartans have outscored their opponents 39-8.
Hingham, in the midst of a five-game win streak that has included wins over Marshfield, Needham and Catholic Memorial, also makes a leap into the Top 10 and are one of the hottest teams around. There is no let up in their schedule, so itíll be a test of endurance the rest of the way for the Harbormen.
Speaking of Catholic Memorial, they dip from No. 2 to No. 8 after suffering losses to Needham and the aforementioned Harbormen. They have a busy week ahead that could set the tone for the rest of their season as they face No. 11 Springfield Cathedral on Thursday, then take to Frozen Fenway for a key Catholic Conference matchup against the No. 3 Eagles on Saturday.
New to the Top 20 this week are Franklin, Burlington and Andover, while Weymouth, Wilmington and Xaverian duck out.
Some teams on the bubble right now include Falmouth, North Andover, Lynnfield and Westford.
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- Craig Larson: A native of West Springfield (Leo Durocher anyone? Tim Daggett?) and Curry College graduate (a proud Colonel!), Larson is the sports editor for the Globe's regional sections: South, West and North, as well as a frequent contributor on the college beat. Abington to Xaverian: it all starts with the schools. Have a compelling story idea? Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeLars.
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Then there are our winter correspondents:
- Emily McCarthy | @EmilyMcCahthy | BPS correspondent
- Jake Fischer | @GlobeFischer | Boys basketball
- Michelle Fenelon | @michfenelon | Girls basketball
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Boys hockey
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls hockey
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