The boyís hockey season continues to skate on and here are five interesting notes you should be aware of:
1. BC High continues to soar -- The call to keep the Eagles No. 1 in the Globe Top 20 this week was not met without a bit of uproar from some Springfield Cathedral faithful. That was understandable, but BC High put any debate over which team was better when it beat Catholic Memorial 5-1 Wednesday night. With that victory, the Eagles have beaten the likes of No. 2 CM, No. 3 St. Johnís Prep and No. 5 Reading. If that kind of performance doesnít deserve the top ranking, I donít know what does.
2. Keep your eyes on Braintree -- The Wamps have been on the outside of the Globe Top 20 the past few weeks but that may have to change. Braintree has been on a demolition tour as of late, winning five of its last six contests in impressive fashion. Over the teamís last two games, the Wamps have scored a combined 12 goals while shutting out both Dedham and Weymouth. None of the teams Braintree has beaten are among the top 20. However, that doesnít discount Dave Fasanoís team from heavy top 20 considerations this week.
3. Barnstable skidding at wrong time -- The team making waves down by the Cape earlier this season have suddenly hit a rough patch. The Red Raiders have lost their last two games to Archbishop Williams and Bridgewater-Raynham respectively. While thatís not the end of the world for Barnstable, the team is going to have a tough go ending the skid against Malden Catholic. Barnstable will take on the Lancers in its first game in the Nate Nickerson Invitational this Saturday. While MC has not been its dominant self as of late, thatís still going to be a hard team for this Old Colony team to knock off.
4. Newburyport refusing to lose -- The Clippers may not have the most impressive win column with just five on the year, but thatís not due to losing games. Newburyport has recorded just one loss all season along with four ties. This is a team that knows how to leave a game with at least some points earned. Itís not as if the ties are coming against lesser opponents either. Some of the more notable draws have come against rival Franklin on two occasions, Braintree and No. 13 Beverly. Newburyport is a team that finds ways to scrap out wins and ties and thatís a difficult thing to do.
5. Catholic Memorial looks to rebound in weekend tournament -- After two tough losses to Catholic Conference rivals St. Johnís Prep and BC High, the Knights will get a weekend away, so to speak. Bill Hansonís squad is set to take part in the Nate Nickerson Invitational Tournament this weekend, starting things off against Barnstable. No hockey game is a walk in the park but CM has to be happy to face some non-conference teams. After two straight losses that saw Hansonís team shut down after the first period, the coach has got to be thinking this is the perfect time to get some confidence back. The Knights better do just that this weekend, because their last two January games are against No. 7 MC and No. 3 St. Johnís Prep.
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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 @GlobeSchools for all of the latest updates.
Then there are our fall correspondents:
- Anthony Gulizia | @gulizia_a | Div. 1 football
- Eric Russo | @erusso22 | Div. 2 football
- Stephen Sellner | @stephen_sellner | Div. 3 football
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Div. 4 football
- Greg Joyce | @GJoyce9 | Div. 5 football
- Lorenzo Recupero | @LorenzoRecupero | Div. 6 football
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls volleyball
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