New Hampshire D1 Top 10
The season could not have unfolded any better for No. 1 Hanover. The Marauders opened as something of an unknown and finished as a State Champion for the ninth time, tripping Bedford in the title game, 2-1. Along the way, coach Dick Dodds posted his 500th career win.
This much is certain – while Hanover may have arrived ahead of schedule this winter, the Marauders won’t surprise anybody next season. Sixteen players on this year’s roster were underclassmen. Whether they all return remains to be seen.
No. 2 Bedford saw its three-peat bid fall just short at SNHU Arena as it couldn’t complete the three-game season series sweep of Hanover. While the Bulldogs graduate seven, the depth of the program under coach Marty Myers is unmatched in the state. A number of their key core performers were underclassmen.
No. 3 Concord won 13-of-14 to close the regular season but couldn’t escape Bedford in the semifinals. Although the Crimson Tide will graduate a clutch of key performers, including D1 Player of the Year Colin Kastle and All-State defenseman Liam O’Brien, D1 Coach of the Year Duncan Walsh’s club was stocked with quality underclassmen and should be right back in the mix.
No. 4 Bishop Guertin again played the state’s toughest schedule, taking on a number of high-end Massachusetts programs. The Cardinals couldn’t crack Hanover in a 3-2 semifinal loss despite putting 30 shots on net. Next season could be one of transition – coach Gary Bishop’s club graduates eight, All-State first team picks Ben Peterson (F) and Jared Zeichick (D) among them.
No. 5 Pinkerton opened the season with a 10-game winning streak but faltered in the second half and fell to BG in the quarterfinals. The Astros will lose eight to graduation, including All-State first team selections Patrick Hare (F) and Dakota Robinson (G).