After a rough patch in the month of January, Malden Catholic went from the No. 10 seed in the Super 8 to tournament champions for the third straight year. The Lancers easily top the Globe's final boys' hockey Top 20 rankings after an impressive turnaround. The rest of the Top 10 reads as the final standings for the Super 8 tournament along with the three division champions.
Wilmington, the Division 2 champions, edged out the top spot among the remaining division champions at No. 9 for the way the Wildcats ran right through their tournament. At one point, Wilmington was on the Super 8 watchlist in the regular season and won every tournament game by at least three goals. In their final three tournament games, the Wildcats outscored Franklin (No. 12), Danvers (No. 17) and Lincoln-Sudbury by a combined 17-2 score.
Burlington, the Division 1 champions and the No. 10 team, may have won the higher division title, but did not dominate the way the Wildcats did in the process.
Marshfield (No. 11), Franklin, and Swampscott (No. 13) fit nicely in after the champions as runnerups for each division title. Hingham and Archbishop Williams take the Nos. 15 and 16 spots after participating in the Super 8 play-in round.
Neither Braintree (No. 19) or Duxbury (No. 20) won a division title, but both were nominated for the Super 8 tournament and recorded great regular seasons. For those two reasons, the Green Dragons and Wamps were able to hold onto a spot in the rankings.
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