The boyís hockey season continues to skate on and here are five interesting notes you should be aware of:
1. BC High Eagles continue to soar -- The Eagles kept their undefeated streak alive Wednesday night when they dominated the ice against St. Johnís Prep. While the undefeated streak is not all victories at 6-0-2, beating a team that just knocked off Malden Catholic last Saturday is another impressive notch in the Eaglesí belt. This is a team that doesnít have a tendency to dominate on the scoreboard but understands how to come away with victories and ties. Thereís a reason why BC High tops the Globe Top 20 boyís hockey rankings and the team is showing no signs of letting that ranking go.
2. Beverly lighting up scoreboards -- One team that knows how to keep a scorekeeper busy is Beverly. The Panthers have scored 38 goals in eight games this season while surrendering just six. The closest games head coach Bob Gilliganís team has seen so far were three-goal victories over Triton and Marblehead. Beverly has been dominating every opponent the team has played so far but Iím wondering if that will be the case Jan. 15 on the road against Newburyport. The Clippers were impressive last Saturday in their 1-1 draw with Franklin and defeated North Reading 4-0 their next time out. If you can handle the bone-chilling temperatures of the Henry Graf Skating Rink in Newburyport, I highly suggest checking out this upcoming contest.
3. Keep your eye on Newburyport -- Speaking of the Clippers, there was a lot to like about that aforementioned 1-1 draw. The team controlled the puck for two periods against two-time South champion Franklin and really should have one that contest. The team responded the way any quality one should after missing out on a victory by shutting out North Reading on Jan. 7. Head coach Paul Yameen noted that the team is hoping to move to Division I next season. If that is the goal for Newburyport, then Division I teams might want to keep notice of this solid Cape Ann League team.
4. Tough scheduling this week for St. Johnís Prep -- The St. Johnís Prep Eagles became the first Massachusetts team to defeat Malden Catholic in almost two years in their 3-2 victory Jan. 5. Just four days later, they had to take on Globe No. 1 BC High and, to paraphrase coach Kristian Hanson, didnít even look like they came off the bus. The Eagles now find themselves preparing to take on a downright dangerous Catholic Memorial team this Saturday. By the end of this week, the Eagles will have played the Globeís Nos. 1, 2 and 6 ranked teams. I guess thatís just the fun of playing in the Catholic Conference.
5. Catholic Memorialís return to dominance -- Speaking of the Knights, the longtime Super 8 powerhouse has been on a comeback tour this season. After a disappointing stretch, this 2012-13 squad has been just blowing away its competition. Head coach Bill Hansonís team currently sits at 8-1 on the year. In two games during the Silverback Hockey Classic, the Knights have recorded a combined 17 goals. That same number is the total amount the teamís nine opponents have been able to record this season. If you havenít purchased a ticket to see this comeback tour, I strongly advise you do so as soon as possible.
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- Bob Holmes: A Reading resident (Go Rockets!) and Boston College graduate, Holmes is the Boston Globe High School Sports Editor. We remind you now that his weekly picks are often made in jest so everyone just calm down when he picks against Everett for 11 straight weeks. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeHolmes.
- 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 email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeLars.
- Zuri Berry: Berry attended the same high school as sports legends O.J. Simpson and Joe DiMaggio. (Guess which one is his hero.) He's a South Boston resident (formerly of Eastie) and the editor of the High School Sports blog as well as the go-to-guy for everything high school sports on Boston.com. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @ZuriBerry for all of the latest updates.
Then there are our winter correspondents:
- Alex Hall | @AlexKHall | Baseball
- Colleen Casey | @ColleenCasey226 | Softball
- Mike Giesta | Boys lacrosse
- Catherine Calsolaro | @catrenee13 | Girls lacrosse
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Boys volleyball
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