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Girls D1 Prep Preseason Top 10: New Hampton, Kent strong again

Girls Prep D1 Poll

RankTeamPR*WLT
1New Hampton3031
2Kent2022
3Tabor1942
4Nobles2541
5Williston1862
6St. Paul's2151
7Loomis Chaffee2241
8Phillips Andover1590
9Lawrence Academy1991
10Taft6116

Defending New England Division 1 champion New Hampton (30-3-1) and runnerup Kent (20-2-2) put on quite a championship game last March, a game that saw the Huskies pull out a 3-1 win, with the winning goal coming in the final minute of regulation play.

Both teams have solid returning casts and therefore, will start the 2017-18 campaign right where they finished off, 1-2 in the HNIB News Girls D1 Prep Preseason Top 10.

Kelly Pickreign
Nobles

#3 Tabor (19-4-2) will boast a lineup that features no less than four Division 1 commits in the forward group. A key for the Seawolves in their debut season in the ISL will be the play of a new goaltender.

Also loaded with D1 commits is #4 Nobles (25-4-1), which fell to Kent in triple OT in a playoff semifinal a year ago. The Bulldawgs also have solid experience in goal with veteran Kelly Pickreign back for her senior season.

Nobles opens its season against New Hampton in a Game to Watch right off the bat.

#5 Williston (18-6-2) should be in the thick of things all season long. The Wildcats return talent at each position and have five D1 commits on their own.

Expect #6 St. Paul’s (21-5-1) to be a big-time contender as well, led by senior forward Gillis Frechette.

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.
Gary Demopoulos
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