Boys Prep Hockey – The Latest Top 15: #1 KUA, #2 Cushing Split Weekend Series; Salisbury Bumps Off Avon

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
1Kimball Union12840
2Cushing32430
3Salisbury41651
4Avon Old Farms21921
5Holderness52230
6Brunswick62552
7St. Sebastians’s71861
8Belmont Hill91782
9St. George’s122031
10Nobles81473
11Kent101472
12Dexter Southfield131682
13Frederick Gunn School1414114
14Loomis Chaffee121391
15RiversNR1691

Not much was settled in this past weekend’s home-and-home series between powerhouses Kimball Union and Cushing. Both won in the other guy’s rink.

After losing Friday night, Kimball Union (28-4-0) responded for a 4-2 win on Saturday and thus will keep the #1 ranking in this week’s HNIB News Boys Prep Top 15. The Wildcats now look ahead to the Lakes Region playoffs on Friday.

Cushing (24-3-0) did move up to #2. The Penguins finish with New Hampton (Wednesday) and Governors Academy (Saturday).

#3 Salisbury (16-5-1) also made some noise, defeating Avon Old Farms, 5-1, on Saturday. It is a three-game final week for the Crimson Knights, with Berkshire (Monday), Hotchkiss (Wednesday) and Winchendon (Saturday).

With the loss to Salisbury, Avon Old Farms (19-2-1) slides to #4. The Winged Beavers take on Pomfret Monday, Canterbury Wednesday and Loomis Chaffee on Saturday. They should be a lock for the Elite 8 Tournament, where they look to defend their crown.

Both #5 Holderness (22-3-0) and #6 Brunswick (25-5-2) won three games this past week to maintain their positions. Both should also make it to the Elite 8 post-season tournament. The Bulls have Dexter on Wednesday; the Bruins finish with Trinity-Pawling on Saturday.

All of these teams should make the Elite 8 Tournament. Games this week should decide who qualifies for the coveted final two slots.

One could be #7 St Sebastian’s (18-6-1). The Arrows had a pair of solid wins over Tabor and Governor’s Academy. They finish with league rivals Lawrence Academy (Wednesday) and Thayer (Friday).

#8 Belmont Hill (7-8-2) had a big 5-3 win over #10 Nobles (14-7-3) on Friday and will see Tabor (Wednesday) and Dexter Southfield (Friday). Nobles closes on Saturday with rival Milton Academy.

Cracking the Top 10 this week at #9 is St. George’s (20-3-1). The Dragons downed Roxbury Latin, Tabor and Groton this week.

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