It just got a whole lot more interesting thanks to a frantic weekend of action that shook things up a bit heading into the final week of regular season play.
The jockeying for position is in full effect as teams fight and scrape for those final points, as was evident Saturday when everyone was in action and no one was safe.
The following are the Super 8 projections through all games played on Saturday:
1. Malden Catholic (14-1-3) – Don’t expect them to relinquish the top seed, even in the face of the upcoming Springfield Cathedral Tournament which the Lancers will look at as the perfect postseason primer.
2. St. Mary’s (17-1-3) – With only one loss on the season, the Spartans still possess the best winning percentage in Division 1, so one tight tie against Marshfield won’t budge them. That and the fact that everyone under them stumbled throughout the week.
3. St. John’s Prep (12-5-2) – Being down 5-1 against Springfield Cathedral was not a pretty sight, especially when they pulled goalie David Letarte to start the third period. But boy did they ever wake up in the final five minutes to pull off a miraculous tie and show every team out there that no lead is big enough.
4. Hingham (14-4-2) – Their brutal schedule has caught up to them a bit as they are 1-1-2 after rattling off a 12-0-1 prior to losing to Malden Catholic. The good news is that they have already solidified their spot in the tourney and with the other teams tripping-up just the same, the Harbormen stay put.
5. Burlington (11-1-6) – They shook off a four-game tie streak with a heady 7-1 takedown of Watertown and followed that up by winning the Middlesex League Small title after defeating Wilmington on Saturday. They are securely in.
6. Central Catholic (11-3-4) – The MVC/DVL Div. 1 has stepped up as one of the best leagues this season with five teams postseason eligible, so their loss against Andover is not a huge dent in the armor. In more compelling news, they will have their first shot at knocking Catholic Memorial out of the postseason on Monday.
7. BC High (9-5-4) – A loss to Reading and a tie to Hingham keeps the Eagles stumbling to the finish line. They can only hope that the shootout victory that picked up against Hingham (because the game is part of the Cape Cod Classic) gives them some real momentum.
8. Marshfield (15-2-2) – When is a tie a win? If ever a tie could turn into something major, it may have for the Rams in the case of Saturday’s draw against No. 2 St. Mary’s. Time will tell if it holds up alongside the rest of their work.
9. Needham (16-3-0) – They took care of business in their only game of the week against Newton North and have a week off to prepare for the Springfield Cathedral tournament, in which they play the hosts on Wednesday.
10. St. John’s Shrewsbury (13-4-3) – A three-win week keeps the Pioneers on an even plane. Will two ties against Springfield Cathedral and one against St. John’s Prep help them out at all?
11. Springfield Cathedral (9-5-6) –I have no idea where that tie against the Prep leaves them. Did the collapse in the final five minutes of that game seal their fate one way or the other? It is highly possible that the combo of 11 losses and ties puts them on the outside looking in.
12 (tie). Reading (12-4-5) The Rockets stay at No. 12, with plenty of company, because of their huge win over BC High earlier in the week. Of course, as my mom always said when I dropped food on the floor, "expect company." With Reading's loss to Woburn, they've got it!
12 (tie). Westford (11-3-3) – After keeping them off the bubble last week, they jump into the fray despite catching a tough loss against No. 20 Acton-Boxboro at the end of the week.
12 (tie). Woburn (12-4-3) - Inserted themselves back into the mix by taking out Reading 3-1. They were our preseason No. 4 for a reason.
Next Saturday the votes will be tallied and the seeds finalized and we’ll be sure to keep you on top of all the action up to and through the tournament selections.
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