The usual suspects continue to roll along as we hit the halfway point of the high school hockey season. Springfield Cathedral and Malden Catholic remain undefeated while BC High got back on track with two wins following an uncharacteristic two-game slide.
Here's this week's SB Nation Massachusetts High School Hockey Power Rankings:
|1. Springfield Cathedral||10-0-2||1||Since a 2-2 tie against BC High on Dec. 28, the Panthers have outscored their opponents 51-4 en route to six easy wins. Brian Foley's team will be heavy favorites in both games this week, but against intriguing opponents -- Thursday vs. defending Division 3 state champ Shrewsbury and Saturday vs. Jake Wise and Central Catholic.|
|2. Malden Catholic||8-0-0||2||In the Lancers five Catholic Conference victories they have allowed just two goals while scoring 19 goals. Four shutouts in league play and five overall is quite impressive. Jake Witkowski had a hat trick last time out against Xaverian. John McLean's team heads to CM Wednesday before hosting BC High Saturday.|
|3. Austin Prep||10-1-0||4||Eric MacAdams is cementing his place as the top uncommitted prospect in MIAA hockey. The '97 junior had four goals and two assists over the past week, including the game-winning goal in all three games. His shorthanded breakaway tally in the third period completed a comeback over St. Mary's on Monday night.|
|4. BC High||8-2-1||5||John Flaherty's team bounced back from its two game losing streak with two wins. The Eagles stumbled to a road win at Arlington Catholic before a completely dominant performance in a 6-0 win over St. John's. Up next is a home date against defending Division 1 state champion Reading before Saturday's rematch with MC.|
|5. Xaverian||9-3-0||3||The Hawks suffered two setbacks in the Catholic Conference last week, a blowout loss against MC and a tough loss at the hands of a down CM squad. Dave Spinale's team bounced back with a 2-1 win over Chelmsford and look to get off the schneid in the Catholic Conference with a trip to St. John's Tuesday night.|
|6. Central Catholic||9-3-1||7||BU super recruit Jake Wise had four goals and three assists in three games last week as the Raiders went 2-0-1 as a team. Mike Jankowski's team has the opportunity for a statement win on Saturday at Springfield Cathedral.|
|7. Burlington||8-1-1||10||In three games last week Bob Conceison's team didn't allow a single goal, including a 3-0 win over Winchester. Burlington hasn't lost since the second game of the season -- vs. Woburn. The Red Devils have one game this week against Belmont before next Monday's rematch of the season opener against Reading.|
|8. St. John's Prep||6-4-0||6||It was a tough week for Kristian Hanson's squad that was outscored 10-2 in losses to Malden Catholic and BC High. The Eagles will try to bounce back Tuesday night with a home tilt against Xaverian.|
|9. Arlington Catholic||8-2-2||8||The Cougars stayed with BC High for portions of Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Eagles, but ultimately fell short. Dan Shine's squad has some nice pieces including Ryan Smith and Bernie McGovern. Expect AC to stay in contention for one of the final Super 8 spots when the season comes to an end.|
|10. Woburn||7-1-2||9||The Tanners have a sharp first line led by '98 Evan McDonald at center and '99 wing Justin Alves. McDonald is a good finisher and has some nice offensive instincts while Alves is a speedy player who makes crisp passes and has terrific vision.|
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Jeff Cox covers college, junior and high school hockey, NCAA recruiting and NHL Draft prospects. Follow him on Twitter @JeffCoxSports.