Boys Division 1 Prep Poll
* Updated 1/26/14
As the prep school season hits its final month of the regular season, Kent continues to post solid win after solid win.
#1 Kent (14-1-1) beat Taft 6-1 on Wednesday and then outmuscled Westminster, 4-2, on Saturday, as defenseman Greg Krisburg scored a pair of goals. The Lions have a multitude of weapons and it is becoming almost impossible to stop all of them. The Lions host Taft for a rematch on Wednesday in their only action of the week.
And look who is back at #2? Yes, it is Salisbury (11-1-4). The Crimson Knights had a tough week with three ranked teams and they came out an impressive 2-0-1, defeating both Berkshire (3-2) and Gunnery (3-2) after tying Choate (2-2). Could a third meeting of the season be looming with Kent in the post-season? That remains to be seen.
Salisbury is at Brunswick on Monday and Trinity-Pawling (who tied the Knights last week) on Wednesday.
#3 Thayer (14-3-0) fell to St. Paul’s earlier this past week, but rebounded in a nice way, doubling up St. Sebastian’s 6-3 in the annual Valicenti Cup match. The Tigers will look to avenge one of their three losses on Wednesday when they host Nobles. They then host Governor’s Academy on Saturday.
#4 Cushing (17-5-0) also got beat this week, as the Penguins fell to tough Northfield Mt. Hermon. But, they rebounded in a big way, getting a six-goal third period in an 8-3 win over Phillips Exeter, and then shading Belmont Hill, 2-1. Cushing travels to Tilton on Wednesday before an important match on the road Friday against Kimball Union.
“We were very pleased with the way we bounced back after the Northfield game,” said coach Rob Gagnon. “We as a coaching stafff made sure we were prepared and that we would come with energy vs. Exeter. With our team it is all about having energy and a high compete level.
“We play a very tough schedule and our philosophy has be NEXT GAME. In our case, next up is Tilton. We need to take it one day at a time so we don’t lose focus.”
#5 Phillips Exeter (15-3-2) coach Dana Barbin is hoping Saturday’s 5-2 win over St. Sebastian’s gets the Big Red back on track. Exeter was tied by Kimball Union and then crunched by Cushing. prior to the win. The Big Red is home with Holderness on Wednesday and at Milton Academy on Saturday.
Berkshire (12-4-2) has a firm hold on the #6 spot. The Bears blanked Hotchiss, 6-0, and then gave Salisbury all it could handle before dropping that 3-2 decision. Looming this week are home games with Albany Academy (Monday) and Canterbury (Wednesday).
It was a quiet week for #7 Gunnery (12-6-0) as their only result was the tough one-goal loss to Salisbury. The Highlanders are quiet again this week, with their only action on Wednesday against Millbrook.
#8 Nobles (13-4-1) picked up a pair of 3-2 wins over Rivers and St. Sebastian’s. The Bulldogs would like nothing more than to knock off Thayer again on Wednesday. Coach Brian Day’s club hosts St. Paul’s on Friday.
Looking to make a move up the polls this week is #9 Kimball Union (15-4-4). The Wildcats have a big week, with Northfield coming to town prior to the Cushing game on Friday. Most recently, KUA dumped Tilton, 6-1.
#10 Dexter (14-4-1) started the week with an impressive win over New Jersey’s Delbarton School, and kept it going with wins over St. George’s (9-0) and St. Mark’s (5-1). Brooks (Monday) and Pomfret (Wednesday) come to town before a trip to Phillips Andover on Saturday.
Northfield Mt. Hermon (14-6-1) posted a pair of solid wins over Cushing (6-3) and Tilton (4-1) and moves up to #11. The Hoggers can continue the upward trend with a win Wednesday at KUA. They host Vermont Academy on Saturday.
#12 Choate (9-5-2) rebounded from a loss to Trinity-Pawling with a solid 5-2 win over Avon Old Farms. The Wild Boars are at Hotchkiss on Wednesday before the off weekend.
Westminster (8-6-2) is at #13, defeating Deerfield (5-2) and losing to Kent (4-2). The Martlets play at Williston (Monday) and at Avon Old Farms (Wednesday).
#14 Williston (9-6-1) will see Loomis Chaffee on Wednesday in addition to the Westminster game. The Wildcats most recently took down Albany Academy, 6-2.
A newcomer to the poll is #15 Phillips Andover (9-5-1). The Big Blue welcome Deerfield (Wednesday) and Dexter (Saturday) sandwiched around a trip to Belmont Hill on Friday night.