Here are five things you need to know in boys’ hockey for this week.
1. Springfield Cathedral misses chance to impress -- The Panthers have been making noise all season long and are the Globe’s No. 2 team in the state for a reason. Still, the team missed a great chance to show us why they deserve BC High’s top spot this past Monday when it tied Central Catholic 3-3. Head coach Brian Foley’s team did comeback from a 1-0 deficit to take a 3-1 lead in the second. That was a great period of play by the Panthers but they allowed Central Catholic to score two goals in the final period. What would have been another head-turning win for the Panthers turned into kind of a wash performance.
2. Catholic Memorial’s skid continues -- Knights head coach Bill Hanson was probably hoping to get his team on track this past weekend at the Nate Nickerson Invitational. After the 5-1 loss to BC High Jan. 16, Hanson explained that he was “looking forward to playing some out of conference teams” at the tournament. He was probably expecting better results.
The Knights lost to Barnstable 3-2 Jan. 19 in a shootout then tied Moses Brown (R.I.) in the tournament’s consolation game. This does not look like the same team that was blowing out teams earlier this season. Hanson will need to find that team from earlier this season come Saturday or risk suffering a loss to struggling Malden Catholic.
3. Division 2 Beverly making strong Super 8 Case -- Yes, the Beverly Panthers are a Division 2 team but if they keep going the route they are now, it’s possible they could be skating in the elite tournament soon. Head coach Bob Gilligan’s unit has been decimating opponents all season. Beverly has scored 60 goals through 12 games this year and surrendered just nine. Obviously the Panthers play a different level of competition than, say CM or Central Catholic, but their success can’t be ignored right now.
4. No. 20 Marshfield stumbles against Duxbury in Green Cup -- After an impressive 7-3 victory over Malden Catholic last week, Marshfield earned itself the Globe’s No. 20 ranking heading into this week. That ranking could take a bit of a hit soon though after losing to Duxbury 4-2 in the fourth annual Green Cup game. Now, the Dragons have been flirting with the bottom half of our top 10 in recent weeks so this wasn’t a game Marshfield was exactly favored in. Still, a loss is a loss and that will certainly factor in when updating the rankings later this week.
5. St. John’s Prep and BC High rematch is a must-see -- At the risk of talking too much Catholic Conference in this article, you have got to see these two teams play this Saturday in Wilmington. It’s a battle of Massachusetts’ No. 1 (BC High) and 3 (St. John’s Prep). Two teams that just played one another a just a few weeks ago in what was a tightly contested 2-0 win for BC High. St. John’s Prep has won every game since by at least three goals. As the old cliché goes, something has to give in this pivotal rematch.
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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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