MC back on top of boys' hockey poll

Malden Catholic regained the top spot in this week's edition of the ESPN Boston MIAA boys' hockey Top 25 poll.

For this week's complete poll, click HERE.

(Note: Records are as of Tuesday, Feb. 11.)

Catholic Conference implications: Aside from interrupting BC High's bid at an unbeaten regular season, MC's win over the Eagles on Saturday delayed BC High's designs on the Catholic Conference -- if not just for a couple of days. The Lancers' win sets up a crucial league game Wednesday night between archrivals BC High and Catholic Memorial, with the Eagles able to close out the Conference championship with a win.

Separation week: With just a week-and-a-half remaining in the regular season, teams are trying to make last-minute additions to their Super 8 resume.

The team making its final push last week was St. John's Prep, which has yet to qualify for the state tournament. However, the Eagles (7-8-1) might have also reinserted themselves into the Super 8 conversation with a win against Arlington Catholic. Their Super 8 (ie their playoff hopes) will be largely determined this week with a pair of Top 25 bouts with St. John's (Shrewsbury) and Springfield Cathedral.