Boys Prep Poll: #1 Avon Old Farms keeps rolling along

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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RankTeam[tooltip text="PR*" gravity="ne"]Previous Ranking[/tooltip]WLT
1Avon Old Farms11512
2Salisbury21630
3Kimball Union32231
4Phillips Exeter41931
5Gunnery51751
6Milton Academy61522
7Loomis Chaffee71243
8Brunswick81643
9Proctor91772
10Tabor101480
11Brooks121352
12Rivers131554
13Belmont Hill111256
14Cushing141472
15St. Mark'sNR1341

The majority of prep programs in Western New England had the weekend off from athletic activities, so there wasn’t as much action in the past seven days as usual. Be sure the action will be heavy the rest of the way, as the top teams vie to get a spot in the coveted Elite 8.

You could say that #1 Avon Old Farms (15-1-2) is well on its way to one of those spots. The Winged Beavers got win #15 with a 3-0 shutout win over Westminster. They return to action this week with a huge contest Wednesday with Gunnery, followed by Deerfield on Saturday.

#2 Salisbury (16-3-0) also is clicking on all cylinders. The Crimson Knights get Taft on Wednesday, then play twice this coming weekend, key games against Loomis Chaffee (Saturday) and Cushing (Sunday). They posted wins over Brusnwick (4-2) and Trinity Pawling (5-0).

Wins over Northfield (6-0) and Holderness (6-1) keep #3 Kimball Union (22-3-1) hot. The Wildcats have a three-game week looming with Andover (Wednesday), New Hampton (Friday) and Holderness again (Saturday).

Also impressive was #4 Phillips Exeter (19-3-1). The Big Red took care of Holderness (11-1) and Tilton (5-2). A big one looms Wednesday with Proctor, followed by Hebron (Friday) and Choate (Saturday).

#5 Gunnery (17-5-1) blanked Millbrook (3-0) in its only action of the week. The Highlanders look to knock off Avon on Wednesday, and will see Pomfret Saturday.

#6 Milton Academy (15-2-2) returned to action this week with no rust, taking wins over St. Sebastian’s (3-1) and Roxbury Latin (5-1). The Mustangs continue Keller Division play with St. Paul’s (Wednesday) and Nobles (Saturday).

A 4-0 win over Williston was #7 Loomis Chaffee‘s (12-4-3) only decision. The Pelicans face off with Deerfield Wednesday before taking on Salisbury.

#8 Brunswick (16-4-3) followed up the loss to Salisbury with nice wins over Albany Academy (6-2) and New Hampton (5-1). The Bruins will ready for Lawrenceville (Wednesday) and Berkshire (Saturday).

#9 Proctor (17-7-2) split its trip to Canada, beating Bishop’s College (5-2) and then falling to Ulysses Prep (3-2). Back in the states, the Hornets hope to knock Exeter down a peg before seeing Kents Hill (Saturday).

#10 Tabor (14-8-0) stays solid with wins over Moses Brown (8-0) and St. Sebastian’s (4-1). The Seawolves have an important encounter with Cushing (Wednesday) and get Dexter (Friday).

This week, spots 11-15 are occupied by, in order Brooks (13-5-2), Rivers (15-5-4), Belmont Hill (13-5-6), Cushing (14-7-2) and newcomer St. Mark’s (13-4-1).

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