Four-time defending Super 8 Champion Malden Catholic and 2014-15 preseason favorite Springfield Cathedral each picked up a tournament trophy over the weekend at the Christie Serino Christmas Classic and Pete Frates Classic, respectively.
Nothing has changed since my preseason rankings as far as the top three goes. All season long it's looking like Springfield Cathedral, BC High and Malden Catholic will be the undisputed upper echelon of high school hockey in Massachusetts.
There are some changes towards the lower end of the rankings with Arlington Catholic and St. John's Prep appearing to be better than advertised. Here's the first regular season installment of the weekly SB Nation Massachusetts High School Hockey Power Rankings:
|1. Springfield Cathedral||4-0-2||1||No one is hotter in high school hockey right now than UMass recruit John Leonard who helped the Panthers win the Pete Frates Classic in shootout. He's just one of six Panthers already committed to a D1 college. Cam and Bryce Peritz, Devon Tongue and Zac Prattson could join soon.|
|2. BC High||4-0-1||2||Eagles played most complete, best game of young season in 2-2 tie against Cathedral in Pete Frates Classic. Merrimack recruit Pat Kramer has taken game to whole new level this season.|
|3. Malden Catholic||3-0-0||3||The Lancers had their doubters in the preseason, including this writer, but they keep on winning. Northeastern recruit Matt Filipe leads the way, but big junior winger Jack Adams (3 goals) is coming into his own.|
|4. Xaverian||4-0-0||4||Led by sophomore goaltender Aidan Murphy the Hawks have allowed just four goals in four games. Jack Cook is emerging, but once Tim Sweeney and Jon Beniers get rolling, Dave Spinale's team will be even more dangerous. Hawks have big test Wednesday at Malden Catholic.|
|5. Austin Prep||2-1-0||5||The Cougars were able to generate some chances, but were shut out by MC and Alex Reissis in Christie Serino Classic final. Coach Louis Finocchiaro's team is strong up the middle with Eric MacAdams and Cam Russo.|
|6. St. John's Prep||3-1-0||10||The Eagles are much better than advertised in the preseason. Keep an eye on sophomore forward Kyle Hentosh and goaltending duo of Kyle Martin and Zac Laramie. If young defense can hold up Kristian Hanson's team should pull more than a few upsets this season. No shame in one blemish so far, a 4-3 loss to BC High.|
|7. Central Catholic||4-2-0||7||It will take freshman phenom Jake Wise ('00, BU commit) time to adjust when playing against top competition of MIAA such as Cathedral, but Mike Jankowski's team has two forward lines that can skate well. Senior Christian Thompson is small, but he can really fly.|
|8. Arlington Catholic||2-0-2||--||Dan Shine's team has two real strong forward lines, and if its goaltending can hold out, the Cougars could challenge Austin Prep in the Catholic Central. Junior center Andy Sommerville is a player to keep an eye on.|
|9. Catholic Memorial||3-1-1||6||Goaltender Brandon Payzant will keep the Knights in games, but as coach Bill Hanson admitted, the defense is a work in progress. The offense has proven it can score against weaker competition, but can it survive the Catholic Conference grind?|
|10. Hingham||3-2-0||--||Tony Messina's team has some budding young stars in '99 forwards Matt Demelis and Matt Egan. The Harbormen won't lose too many games against teams not in the Catholic Conference.|
Dropped Out: No. 8 Reading, No. 9 St. Mary's
On the Bubble: Burlington, Reading, Woburn, Barnstable, Arlington, Andover
Jeff Cox covers college, junior and high school hockey, NCAA recruiting and NHL Draft prospects. Follow him on Twitter @JeffCoxSports.