We’re not exactly coming off the perfect stretch, but one we’re happy to take.
Another wrong BC High prediction (now 0-for-3) added to a week in which the crystal ball stopped just short of a winning record. While correctly picking half of the top games’ winners wasn’t the plan, though, a season-best number of one-score finishes in the limelight means we fear not. All but four picks were decided by two or less scores, with plenty of action that forced fans to the edge of their seats. Good hockey is always the most victorious.
The only real flop was the Dracut/Tyngsboro boys’ nine-goal eruption to win by six, but at least the winner was predicted right. We’re hoping for more of that in another huge week of clashing league powers. Let’s get into it.
LAST WEEK’S RECORD: 7-7
OVERALL: 30-18-5 (62.5%)
*WINNER in all CAPS
Reading at BELMONT, 5 p.m. – Goalie Chris Hanafin is red-hot in net for the Rockets, but so are Belmont star forwards Cam Fici and Shay Donahue.
Andover at CENTRAL CATHOLIC, 5:10 p.m. – Battle of the last MVC/DCL 1 unbeatens, Raiders get back over .500 after a string of gruesome nonleague matchups.
Framingham at WELLESLEY, 6:15 p.m. – Chugging along on the undefeated Raiders hype train as far as it goes. Defense delivers again for a big Bay State Conference win.
BC High at CATHOLIC MEMORIAL, 7 p.m. – Fading on these Eagles predictions is highly recommended, but the Knights have a good shot at revenge in their first matchup with BC High since losing to it in the Div. 1 state semifinals last March.
Belmont at ARLINGTON, 8 p.m. – We’re abandoning the no-repeat rule for this one. John Messuri’s Spy Ponders get back on track with a stifling defensive performance.
HINGHAM at St. Mary’s, 2 p.m. – Should the Spartans win their rematch with Archbishop Williams earlier in the week, the Harbormen get a great opportunity to flex their depth on one of the last unbeaten Div. 1 teams.
Marlboro at HANOVER, 4 p.m. – Speaking of rematches, the reigning champs double up over the Panthers in the teams’ first meeting since the Div. 3 state final.
Dennis-Yarmouth at NAUSET, 7 p.m. – Could go either way between two of the best in the Cape and Islands League, but the Warriors’ prolific attack comes up with enough for the crossover win.
Andover at ST. MARY’S (L), 4 p.m. – The Golden Warriors’ big run takes a brief stop against the clear-cut Div. 1 early title favorite.
Pembroke at SANDWICH, 5 p.m. – Knights hitting a groove, defense limits Jen Birolini as best as any can for the win.
Waltham at LINCON-SUDBURY, 8 p.m. – Top two teams in the MVC/DCL Small square off, Warriors keep the unbeaten streak going for at least one more game.
Duxbury at NOTRE DAME ACADEMY (H), 6:50 p.m. – Betting against the undefeated Dragons after topping NDA 1-0 already is likely foolish, but the Cougars are one of the most difficult teams in the state to beat twice. Expect another one-score game.
Methuen/Tewksbury at HPNA, 5 p.m. – A somewhat rollercoaster type of start smooths out for HPNA by outlasting a scrappy defense.
Barnstable at CAPE COD, 8 p.m. – Furies rally back after three straight losses to premier competition.
Wellesley at ALGONQUIN, 4 p.m. – The reigning state champs haven’t skipped a beat, Emily Johns makes a big play or two to help the Titans remind everyone who’s queen in Div. 2.