Boys Prep Hockey – HNIB News Top 15: Avon Old Farms Holds Top Spot; KUA, Holderness Big Movers

Gary Demopoulos
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Gary Demopoulos has been covering prep school hockey for the HNIB News for over 30 years, and has been the editor of the HNIB News since 2005. A former sportswriter and news editor at the Woburn (MA) Daily Times Chronicle, he has been the HNIB News' key reporter for Mens Prep School hockey since 1988, as well as womens hockey, both at the prep school and high school levels. for almost 20 years. Gary also helps organize and oversee HNIB's many summer tournaments and festivals for scholastic players.

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Boys Prep Top 15

RankTeam*PRWLT
1Avon Old Farms2801
2Kimball Union61110
3Holderness11800
4Cushing4710
5Kent5721
6Brunswick3512
7Salisbury1630
8St. Sebastian’s7620
9Nobles8422
10Loomis ChaffeeNR720
11Frederick Gunn School12631
12Belmont HillNR511
13St. George’s15611
14DeerfieldNR521
15Phillips AndoverNR721
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In the first in-season rankings, Avon Old Farms jumps a spot to take the #1 spot in this latest HNIB News Boys Prep Top 15.

The Winged Beavers remain unbeaten at 8-0-1 overall, the tie coming in the final of the Avon Christmas Classic against Kent (which won in double OT). Avon returns to action January 6 at Taft.

On the heels of a title at the Flood Marr Tournament, Kimball Union (11-1-0) vaults up to #2. The Wildcats, whose only blemish was an early-season loss to Rivers, heads to the Gamesheet Prep Cup, which starts January 5 in Exeter, NH.

#3 Holderness (8-0-0) makes a huge jump after exploding out of the gates. The Bulls, fresh off a Lawrence/Groton Tournament championship, have outscored opponents 59-18 so far. Next up is Rivers on January 6. Holderness did knock Cushing from the unbeaten ranks.

That loss was #4 Cushing‘s (7-1-0) first of the season. All of the Penguins’ wins have been by three goals or more. They will host the Watkins Tournament December 28-30.

#5 Kent (7-2-1) was impressive in its win at the Avon Christmas Classic. With losses only to Kimball Union and Brunswick, the Lions hope to continue their momentum in the new year, starting with Loomis Chaffee (1/6) and Millbrook (1/8).

#6 Brunswick (5-1-2) is right in the mix. The Bruins won the Kevin Mutch Christmas Tournament at St. Sebastian’s over the weekend and will participate in the Belmont Hill/Nichols Holiday Tournament over holiday week.

Pre-season #1 Salisbury (6-3-0) falls to #7 after going 3-3 over its last six games. The Knights did pick up some key wins over Andover and Nobles at the Flood Marr Tournament. They get to avenge one of those losses when they host Deerfield on January 6.

#8 St. Sebastian’s (6-2-0) has been solid so far. The Arrows, who lost to Brunswick in the Kevin Mutch Tournament final, will get Williston and Berkshire next at the New Year’s Showcase they host with Nobles December 29-30.

Nobles (4-2-2) checks in right behind the Arrows at #9. The Bulldogs have signature wins over Belmont Hill and Andover to date.

Closing out the Top 10 is Loomis Chaffee (7-2-0). The Pelicans won six straight to open the season before suffering a couple of losses to Kent and Berkshire at the Avon Christmas Classic.

Spots 11-15 go to #11 Frederick Gunn School (6-3-1), #12 Belmont Hill (5-1-1), #13 St. George’s (6-1-0), #14 Deerfield (5-2-1) and #15 Phillips Andover (7-2-1).

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