We are just hours away from Selection Saturday for the boys’ hockey Super 8 tournament. With nearly every game of the regular season now in the books, here’s one reporter’s guess at how tomorrow could play out – the teams that are most certainly in, and the ones that have some convincing to do.
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Four that are in (listed in alphabetical order):
Austin Prep (13-4-4) – Austin Prep’s only two losses since the calendar flipped to 2014 have come at the hands of powerhouse programs BC High and St. John’s Prep. Considering the Cougars went 7-0-3 in a talented Catholic Central Large, the committee won’t hold it against them. A Top-4 seed is more than likely.
BC High (14-2-4) – If you win the Catholic Conference outright, you’re in the Super 8. Despite the 5-2 loss to Duxbury in the Buddy Ferreira Classic title game, the Eagles are primed for the first or second overall seed.
Malden Catholic (16-4-0) – In five contests prior to being tripped up by Springfield Cathedral in the regular season finale, the Lancers had outscored their opponents 35-4. Those wins came over BC High, Wilmington, Catholic Memorial, Marshfield, and St. Mary’s of Lynn. It’s safe to say the three-time defending champs are in postseason form.
Springfield Cathedral (15-2-5) – With a 5-2 win over Malden Catholic in their regular-season finale, the Panthers finished the season 2-0-1 against the Catholic Conference. Cathedral will enter the D1A tournament with four of the nine leading scorers in Div. 1.
Two that should make it:
Archbishop Williams (12-5-3) – Yes, the fourth-place team in the Catholic Central has a legitimate shot at a Super 8 spot. The Bishops only have one loss in the month of February (Austin Prep) while they have padded their resume as of late with a pair of wins over Arlington Catholic and a win over St. Mary’s. Emphasis will have to be on their huge wins early in the season.
Duxbury (15-2-3) – A 10-game win streak through the middle of the season still had Duxbury fighting for a Super 8 spot. Then they beat Arlington Catholic. Two days later, they defeated Hingham for the second time this season. This past Thursday, Duxbury took the Buddy Ferreira Classic crown with a 5-2 win over BC High. They were a bubble team two weeks ago. Now, they may even have the resume to skip the play-in round.
Two that are on the bubble:
Arlington Catholic (13-6-1) – The Cougars were one of the last teams in the state to pick up a loss, going 7-0-1 to start the season. Since then AC has gone 6-6-0 and will go before the committee having dropped two of its last three to fellow Super 8 hopefuls Duxbury and Archbishop Williams.
Catholic Memorial (9-6-4) – The last few weeks have been brutal for Bill Hanson and Co. as five of the Knights’ six losses on the season have come since Feb. 1. The selection committee most certainly makes note of who is hot heading into the playoffs (à la Malden Catholic last winter), and frankly, Catholic Memorial has been ice cold.
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- 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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