Boys Prep Hockey – Top 15: KUA Survives Showdown With Holderness; Avon-Salisbury Matchup Looms Saturday

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 Union12321
2Avon Old Farms21810
3Belmont Hill41702
4Salisbury31650
5St. Sebastian's61541
6Holderness91622
7Dexter Southfield81353
8Exeter101452
9Kent111460
10Cushing71343
11St. Mark's131542
12Brunswick51471
13Pomfret141243
14Nobles121263
15WestminsterNR1062

All in all it was a very busy week in boys prep school hockey, with most teams getting in three games. It resulted in some movement in this week’s HNIB News Boys Prep To 15.

#1 Kimball Union (23-2-1) had the biggest game of the day Saturday, and emerged with a 3-2 win over #6 Holderness (16-2-2) in a Lakes Region showdown. The Wildcats also took care of Andover (7-3) and New Hampton (5-3). They are at Proctor (Wednesday) before a home-and-home series with Cushing this weekend.

Keeping pace is #2 Avon Old Farms (18-1-0) with wins over Frederick Gunn School (5-1) and Deerfield. The Winged Beavers have Hotchkiss (Monday) and Choate (Wednesday) before a big showdown with #4 Salisbury (16-5-0) on Saturday.

#3 Belmont Hill (17-0-2) got it done Wednesday with an OT win over #5 St. Sebastian’s (15-4-1) and then polished off Thayer (3-1) and BB&N (9-0) over the weekend. Milton Academy (Wednesday) and Nobles (Saturday) are on this week’s docket.

Salisbury is down a spot. The Crimson Knights fell early in the week to Kent, but rebounded with wins over Taft (3-1) and Loomis Chaffee (3-1). They are off until Saturday’s match with Avon.

Following its heartbreaking loss to Belmont Hill, St. Sebastian’s had wins over Lawrence Academy (5-2) and Hoosac (9-1). The Arrows host Tabor (Wednesday) and are at Governor’s Academy (Saturday).

Holderness did beat Kents Hill (6-1) and had a 1-1 tie with Tilton. Another busy week has Winchendon (Wednesday), Vermont Academy (Friday) and St. Paul’s (Saturday) on the schedule.

#7 Dexter Southfield (13-5-3) is hoping to gather some momentum heading into the post-season. The Shields knocked off New Hampton (6-4) and Rivers (2-0) and look ahead to a non-league tussle with Mt. St. Charles Academy (Wednesday) and then Winchendon and Kents Hill over the weekend.

A three-win week has #8 Exeter (14-5-2) up a few spots. The Big Red beat Proctor (3-0), Albany Academy (3-0) and Choate (6-1). On the docket this week are Northfield (Wednesday), Portsmouth Abbey (Friday) and Deerfield (Saturday).

#9 Kent (14-6-0) also won three games. In addtion to the OT win over Salisbury, the Lions tamed Berkshire (5-4 in OT) and Trinity-Pawling (8-3). Three more games are on the schedule this week: Hotchkiss (Wednesday), Westminster (Friday) and Cantebury (Saturday).

#10 Cushing (13-4-3) had wins over Winchendon (6-2) and Canterbury (7-3) but also were upended by #11 St. Mark’s (1-0). The Penguins also have a tough match Wednesday at Andover.

St. Mark’s (15-4-2) also beat Groton (4-1), Brooks (5-1) and Middlesex (7-2) for a very productive week. The Lions face Rivers (Wednesday), Berwick (Friday) and Lawrence Academy (Saturday),

Closing out this week’s rankings are #12 Brunswick (14-7-1), #13 Pomfret (12-4-3), #14 Nobles (12-6-1) and #15 Westminster (10-6-2).

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