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Boys Prep Top 15: Salisbury continues to lead the pack; Exeter surging

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Salisbury1901
2Phillips Exeter61211
3Rivers31111
4Kimball Union21231
5Cushing51131
6Dexter Southfield8832
7Milton Academy11920
8Westminster4620
9Gunnery7752
10Northfield Mt. Hermon131023
11Lawrence Academy14741
12Winchendon15623
13St. Sebastian's12841
14Avon Old Farms9640
15Triinity PawlingNR522

Although there were a handful of holiday tournaments between Christmas and New Year’s, prep hockey action returned in earnest this week, with everyone getting back into the groove. While there was no change at the top, there was considerable movement in this week’s HNIB News Boys Prep Top 15.

Salisbury (9-0-1) remained at #1, now the only unbeaten Prep team. The Knights were tested upon their return, though, outlasting Deerfield 6-5  on Saturday. They face a pair of ranked teams this week in Cushing (Wednesday) and Westminster (Saturday).

A big early January vaults Phillips Exeter (12-1-1) to the #2 spot. The Big Red had wins over NYA (4-0), Groton (4-1), Brooks (3-1) and St. Paul’s (6-4) during a four games in five days stretch. Exeter takes on Governors Academy (Wednesday) and then rival Andover (Saturday).

#3 Rivers (11-1-1) took home the title at the Belmont Hill/Nichols Tournament then returned to fell to Dexter Southfield (4-1). The Redwings rebounded with a 3-2 win over Proctor. This week, Rivers gets BB&N (Friday) and St. Mark’s (Saturday).

#4 Kimball Union (12-3-1) went only 2-2 at the Belmont Hill/Nichols Tournament, losing to Rivers and the host Hillies. A big 3-2 win Saturday over Cushing could help set the Wildcats back on track. A three-game week has Vermont Academy (Wednesday), Governor’s Academy (Friday) and St. Paul’s (Saturday).

#5 Cushing (11-3-1) went 3-1 at its own Watkins Tournament before the loss to KUA. The Penguins get a crack at Salisbury, then take on Deerfield (Friday) and Loomis Chaffee (Sunday).

The win over Rivers, and a subsequent one over Hebron looks to have #6 Dexter Southfield (8-3-2) back on track. New Hampton (Friday) and BB&N (Saturday) are on this week’s docket.

Up a handful of spots this week is #7 Milton Academy (9-2-0), fresh off a Joshua Weeks Touranement title, followed up by a 10-3 thrashing of Tilton. The Mustangs lone action this week is against Tabor on Wednesday.

A 3-1 loss to Trinity Pawling drops Westminster (6-2-0) to #8 this week. The Martlets look ahead to Taft (Wednesday) and Salisbury (Saturday).

#9 Gunnery (7-5-2) had an up-and-down week, splitting with Northwood, then beating Canterbury, but falling to Winchendon (6-1). The Highlanders play Taft (Monday), Hoosac (Wednesday) and Stanstead (Saturday).

Northfield Mt. Hermon (10-2-3) cracks the Top 10 at #10. The Hoggers went a solid 2-1-1 at the Watkins Tournament, then blitzed Worcester Academy (8-3). They hope to continue their solid play this week against Berkshire (Wednesday) and Holderness (Saturday).

Spots 11-15 are taken this week by #11 Lawrence Academy (7-4-1), #12 Winchendon (6-2-3), #13 St. Sebastian’s (8-4-1), #14 Avon Old Farms (6-4-0) and #15 Trinity Pawling (5-2-2)

Gary Demopoulos
Gary Demopoulos has been covering prep school hockey for the HNIB News for over 25 years, and has been the editor of the HNIB News since 2005. A former sportswriter and news editor at the Woburn (MA) Times Chronicle, he has been the HNIB News' key reporter for womens hockey, both at the prep school and high school levels. Gary also helps organize and oversee HNIB's many summer tournaments and festivals for scholastic players.
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