The Case for Massachusetts Super 8 Hockey Tournament Contenders:
Super 8 Tournament Locks – Six Teams: (In No Particular Order)
Hingham High School (15-4-2) – A recent 2-1 loss to BC High does not change the fact that the he Harbormen are a lock for the Super 8 Tournament as they have played one of the toughest schedules in the state regardless of being a public or private school. The Harbormen have beaten other Super 8 contending teams including Pope Francis, Andover, Catholic Memorial and Austin Prep which makes a very strong case for them.
Boston College High School (13-2-4) – The Eagles have been one of the state’s best teams so far this year and have lost only two games. Goalie Luke Garrity has been very strong in between the pipes and captain Ryan Campbell a strong defensive leader. Key wins for the Eagles include victories over Andover, Central Catholic, Pope Francis, Malden Catholic and Arlington. Their recent win over Hingham may have earned them the #1 overall seed in the tournament.
Austin Preparatory School (15-2-3) – The Cougars bounced back from a 2-1 loss to Hingham by beating Duxbury 3-1. The Cougars have several key wins over teams including Saint Mary’s Lynn and Saint John’s Prep as well as several solid teams such as Arlington Catholic while also tying Central Catholic and Malden Catholic.
Arlington High School (18-2-2) – The Spy Ponders have been one of the state’s most dominant teams and have been led by Peter Scheschareg. The Spy Ponders have posted key wins over Hingham, Andover and Pope Francis. Their recent 3-2 win over Marshfield guarantees them a top spot in the Super 8 field.
Malden Catholic High School (12-3-3) – The Lancers end their regular season with Central Catholic tonight and then either Pope Francis or St. Mary’s Lynn in the Cardinal Classic Tournament. This year the Lancers have already beaten highly ranked Catholic Memorial, Xaverian Brothers, Central Catholic and others.
Walpole High School (20-0-1) – Another 6-0 shutout against Norwood and Walpole will end their regular season against Brockton tonight. The Rebels have yet to drop a game behind goalie James Corcoran and their stingy defense. The Rebels play in a very strong Bay State Conference which they should represent very well in the Super 8 Tournament.
Strong Cases – Three Teams: (In No Particular Order)
Catholic Memorial (13-4-2) – A 4-0 loss to Hingham followed by a 6-1 loss to Xaverian could pose a problem for the Knights as the Super 8 committee reviews teams. Brendan Clancy and Harry Morril have led the Knights this year and they have several key victories over BC High, Malden Catholic and Saint John’s Prep.
Pope Francis High School (14-4-1) – Pope Francis has two games left playing in the Cardinal Classic and a win over St. Mary’s Lynn tonight and a win in the championship game tomorrow could give them the boost they need to make it into the Super 8 field. The Cardinals boast wins over Arlington, Central Catholic and Austin Prep among others.
Central Catholic High School (13-4-3) – Another top team playing in the Cardinal Classic Tournament they will face Malden Catholic tonight in a huge game that could influence the last teams to qualify for the Super 8. Matthew Pasquale along with forwards Eric Lester and Sean Brown have led the Raiders to a very solid regular season. The Raiders already have wins over teams such as Andover and Hingham.
A Shot – 7 Teams: (In No Particular Order)
Saint John’s Preparatory School (9-7-2) – The Prep has had an up and down season but they are capable of playing with anyone and could compete in the Super 8. They will look to improve their case in their last regular season game against Xaverian Brothers.
Marshfield High School (16-2-2) – A tough 3-2 loss to Arlington shows they can play with anyone in the state but a win would have made a strong statement for them making it into the Super 8 field.
Saint Mary’s Lynn High School (13-5-2) – The Spartans tied Andover 3-3 in a game they probably needed to win to stay in the hunt.
Shrewsbury High School (18-0-0) – Captain Matty Ward and the Colonials certainly have a strong case for the Super 8 as they have not lost a single game this year. If they win their last two regular season games they will present a difficult decision for the tournament committee as their strength of schedule does not compare to other teams under consideration.
Burlington High School (15-4-2) – The Red Devils beat Medford 4-2 but they will also need to get some help from other teams to have a shot at the Super 8.
Xaverian Brothers High School (10-6-3) – The Hawks dominated Catholic Memorial in their 6-1 win and will now look to close out their regular season with a win over St. John’s Prep which would definitely help their overall resume.
Framingham High School (12-5-4) – Scott Swennes and the Flyers would need a miracle but they have put together a solid overall resume going into the Super 8 or the Division 1 state tournament. Their recent 3-0 win over Chelmsford keeps them in the discussion for a final spot.
Dropped Out: Andover High School, Scituate High School