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Boys Prep Top 15: With Salisbury loss, Rivers ascends to #1

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Rivers22212
2Milton Academy31521
3Salisbury11911
4Dexter Southfield41542
5Kimball Union52351
6Phillips Exeter62231
7Northfield72033
8Cushing81871
9Winchendon91544
10Gunnery101482
11New Hampton1317103
12Lawrence Academy121581
13Westminster111261
14BrunswickNR12104
15ThayerNR1291

There is a change at the top in this week’s HNIB News Boys Prep Top 15. Loomis Chaffee made sure of that, upsetting previous #1 Salisbury, 1-0, knocking the Crimson Knights from the unbeaten ranks and out of the top spot in our rankings for the first time this season.

Taking over at #1 is Rivers (22-1-2). The Red Wings continued their winning ways with wins over St. George’s (3-2) and Roxbury Latin (4-1). Having allowed just 29 goals all year, Rivers looks ahead to St. Mark’s (Wednesday), Exeter (Friday) and Middlesex (Saturday).

Milton Academy (15-2-1) climbs to #2 after a pair of shutout wins over Tabor (7-0) and Nobles (4-0). The Mustangs have Belmont Hill (Wednesday) and Thayer (Friday).

With the loss, to Loomis, Salisbury (19-1-1) holds down the #3 spot this week. The Knights also had a win over Taft (4-1). On the docket this week are Kent (Monday) and Avon Old Farms (Saturday).

#4 Dexter Southfield (15-4-2) held firm as weather wiped out its only scheduled game of the week. Three games are on tap this week: Berwick (Wednesday), Winchendon (Friday) and Kents Hill (Saturday).

#5 Kimball Union (23-5-1) picked up hard-fought wins over New Hampton (4-2) and Holderness (3-2) in Lakes Region play. The Wildcats take on Proctor (Wednesday) and Cushing (Saturday).

#6 Phillips Exeter (22-3-1) knocked off Hebron (6-2) and Choate (4-1) to keep pace. The Big Red have a huge week ahead, with Northfield (Wednesday), Rivers (Friday) and Deerfield (Saturday).

A big win Sunday over Winchendon (7-3) solidifies Northfield Mt. Hermon (20-3-3) at #7. The Hoggers look for their first Elite Tournament berth, and have the biggie Wednesday with Exeter, along with Loomis Chaffee (Saturday) and Choate (Sunday).

#8 Cushing (18-7-1) dropped a tough one to St. Paul’s (2-1) but responded with a shutout win over Canterbury (4-0). The Penguins take on Andover (Wednesday) and then Kimball Union (Saturday).

Prior to the loss to Northfield, #9 Winchendon (15-4-4) had been unbeaten in eight games (7-0-1). The Wapiti look ahead to Holderness (Wednesday) and Dexter Southfield (Saturday).

#10 Gunnery (14-8-2) came up short against Brunswick (5-1) then turned it around in a 7-3 win over Lawrenceville. A busy week ahead will see Canterbury (Monday), Avon Old Farms (Tuesday) and Shattuck St Mary’s (Saturday).

New Hampton (17-10-3) slides up even more to #11. The Huskies did suffer a loss to Kimball Union (4-2) but knocked off Kents Hill (5-4) Sunday. Ahead are Vermont Academy (Wednesday) and Proctor (Saturday).

#12 Lawrence Academy (15-8-1) had a big win over St. Sebastian’s (4-2). This week, the Spartans take on Governors Academy (Wednesday) and St. Mark’s (Saturday).

Westminster (12-6-1) drops to #13 after losing to Choate and tying Pomfret. The Martlets have Loomis Chaffee (Wednesday) and Berkshire (Saturday) still hoping to be in the Elite Tournament running.

#14 Brunswick (12-10-4) had the nice win over Gunnery, but then faltered Saturday, losing to Berkshire (1-0). The Bruins take on Albany Academy (Wednesday), the Minnesota power Shattuck St. Mary’s Saturday at the Gunnery Showcase.

Winners of six straight game, Thayer (12-9-1) returns to this week’s rankings at #15. The Tigers look to stay hot against St. Paul’s (Wednesday), Milton Academy (Friday) and Tabor (Saturday).

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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