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MIAA Super 8 Field Set, Play-in games Monday

Chelmsford Forum will host the 2017 MIAA Super 8 Play-in games Monday, February 27th.

The 2017 MIAA Super 8 Tournament field will be completely set following Monday evening’s Play-in games at the Chelmsford Forum.

Defending Super 8 Champion Malden Catholic is the number one seed. BC High and Pope Francis follow behind the Lancers with Arlington and Hingham as the fourth and fifth seeds. Central Catholic is the sixth and final seed to not have to compete in Monday’s play-in games.

Monday’s first game, beginning at 6 p.m., will be between No. 8 Marshfield and No. 9 Austin Prep. The winner will face Malden Catholic in the best-of-three quarterfinals that begin on Sunday at Tsongas Center on the campus of UMass Lowell.

The nightcap will feature No. 7 Walpole, undefeated during the regular season, and No. 10 Catholic Memorial. The victor moves on to face BC High in the quarterfinals.

There are a few players USHL scouts and prep and college coaches will be keeping an eye on Monday night during the play-in games.

Marshfield sophomore forward Aidan Connolly is one of them. The late ‘01 is the son of the Rams’ head coach Dan Connolly. He racked up 55 points during the regular season and has played for the Neponset Valley River Rats in the past.

Austin Prep sophomore forward Nicholas Cafarelli is another late ‘01 with a good offensive skill set for this level. He is tied for second on the team in scoring, but the other two players are both ‘98s. He played for Vinny Montalbano and Tom O’Connor at the 2016 World Selects Invite.

‘00 goaltender Brendan Clancy is the best prospect for first year head coach Larry Rooney’s Catholic Memorial Knights. He’s the backbone to a team that competes hard.

This observer hasn’t seen Walpole this season, but Ron Dowd’s team was paced statistically by seniors Cam Martin and Pat Donovan.

Complete Super 8 Field

1. Malden Catholic (14-4-3)

2. BC High (14-2-4)

3. Pope Francis (16-4-1)

4. Arlington (18-2-2)

5. Hingham (16-4-2)

6. Central Catholic (14-5-3)

7. Walpole (21-0-1)

8. Marshfield (18-2-2)

9. Austin Prep (16-2-3)

10. Catholic Memorial (14-4-2)