Malden Catholic reclaims boys' hockey No. 1

Three-time defending Super 8 champion Malden Catholic assumes the poll position in our statewide MIAA boys' hockey Top 25 rankings again this week.

The Lancers overtake the top spot after beating former No. 1, Austin Prep, in the teams' duel at the Christie Serino Christmas Classic.

For this week's complete poll, click HERE.

Watch the throne: The Lancers assume their traditional placement at the top of the poll, after taking the second spot in our preseason rankings.

MC has again dominated its competition, outscoring opponents 28-8 in five games, including a 4-1 win over former No. 1, Austin Prep.

Breaking and entering: One of two additions to the poll this week was No. 13 St. Mary's of Lynn, which shot up the rankings after bein left out in the cold last week. The Spartans are among the state's hottest squads, with a five-game points streak (4-0-1) since a Dec. 23 loss to No. 19 Braintree.

Wilmington also returned to the Top 25 this week at No. 22, following a one-week absence. The Wildcats made a strong showing during the holiday week with a tie against defending Division 1 champion Burlington and a win over fellow league foe, No. 23 Melrose.