Boys Prep Hockey – Top 15: Teams Jockey For Positioning As Regular Season’s Final Week Is Here

Gary Demopoulos
Gary Demopouloshttp://www.hnibnews.com
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 Union12531
2Salisbury41850
3Avon Old Farms22020
4Belmont Hill31803
5Holderness61823
6Dexter Southfield71553
7Cushing101653
8St. Sebastian's51651
9Brunswick121671
10Nobles141364
11Kent91580
12St. Mark's111662
13Frederick Gunn SchoolNR19110
14Exeter81462
15Pomfret131254

As the regular season heads into its final week, the jockeying for playoff positioning is in full force. Twelve of the 15 teams in last week’s HNIB News Boys Prep Top 15 rankings either lost or tied, which produced some shuffling.

Pairings for the three post-season tournaments will be announced next Sunday, February 27th.

Even #1 Kimball Union (25-3-1) wasn’t immune. The Wildcats traded 2-1 results with #7 Cushing. They also beat Proctor (6-0). The Lakes Region playoffs begin Friday.

Salisbury (18-5-0) slides up to #2. The Crimson Knights ended #3 Avon Old Farms (20-2-0) 12-game winning streak Saturday with a 3-1 win, and also beat Wyoming Seminary (6-0). They close out the regular season against Hotchkiss (Wednesday) and Canterbury (Saturday).

The Winged Beavers also had solid wins over Hotchkiss (6-0) and Choate (6-1). They finish with three home games: Pomfret (Monday), Canterbury (Wednesday), Loomis Chaffee (Saturday).

A late goal enabled #4 Belmont Hill (18-0-3) to get a 2-2 tie with new #10 Nobles (13-6-4). BH also blanked Milton (4-0) and close with Tabor (Wednesday), #6 Dexter Southfield (15-5-3) on Friday and Westminster on Saturday.

Holderness (18-2-3) is up to #5 after a week that saw the Bulls grab two more W’s (Vermont Academy, 7-3, and St. Paul’s, 4-0) and a tie with Winchendon. Holderness gets Proctor Monday before the Lakes Region tournament.

Dexter Southfield, which beat Winchendon and Kents Hill in convicing fashion, also has Hoosac on Wednesday.

Cushing (15-5-3) also knocked off Andover (7-3) and finishes with Vermont Academy (Monday), New Hampton (Wednesday) and Governor’s Academy (Saturday).

#8 St. Sebastian’s (16-5-1) fell to Governor’s Academy Saturday, after a one-goal win over Tabor. Left on the regular season slate for the Arrows are homes games with Lawrence Academy (Wednesday) and Thayer (Friday).

After falling last week, #9 Brunswick (16-7-1) is back up in the top 10 after posting wins over Albany Academy (5-0) and Frederick Gunn (4-3). The Bruins face Trinity Pawling (Friday) and Deerfield (Saturday).

Nobles has Tabor (Monday), Governor’s (Wednesday) and Milton (Saturday) before the post-season.

The rest of this week’s rankings has Kent (15-8-0) at #11, St. Mark’s (16-6-2) at #12, Frederick Gunn (19-11-0) at #13, Exeter (14-6-2) at #14 and Pomfret (12-5-4) at #15.

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