For the first time in three weeks, our No. 1 team returns in this week's edition of the MIAA boys' hockey Top 25 poll.
Springfield Cathedral holds on to the top spot after avoiding a third-period comeback from No. 8 Central Catholic on Monday. There was just one change to our Top 5 this week with Austin Prep sliding back into No. 5 after Reading moved to No. 6, following a tie with No. 7 Hingham.
For the first time since the 2010-11 season, Walpole snags a spot in the 25 this week, checking at No. 24. The Rebels are undefeated in the New Year (3-0-3) and haven't lost since Dec. 28, a loss to No. 22 Coyle-Cassidy. Burlington also returns to the Top 25 this week after a three-week absence. The Red Devils claimed two Top 25 victories last week -- both shutouts -- over No. 13 Winchester (3-0) and No. 18 Barnstable (2-0).
Newburyport makes its highest-ever showing in the poll, jumping to No. 16 following a 0-0 tie against No. 11 Beverly. Also hitting the high-water mark this week were No. 20 Duxbury (after a big 4-2 win over a peaking Marshfield squad) and No. 21 Lincoln-Sudbury (momentous DCL/MVC D2 win over Tewksbury).