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Boys Prep Poll: Things getting close at the top

1Kimball Union11930
3Avon Old Farms2723
6Loomis Chaffee3721
7Phillips Exeter71330
8Lawrence Academy9921
12Albany Academy121232
13Belmont Hill131042

Now with everyone back to full-time action, there was some movement amongst the top teams in this week’s HNIB News Boys Prep Top 15.

Despite a one-goal loss to Tabor, Kimball Union (19-3-0) hangs on to the top spot, as no one else has emerged as a clear-cut #1, at least this week. The Wildcats have an important contest Wednesday at Deerfield, then take on Brewster Academy and Stanstead College over the upcoming weekend.

Kevin Wall

Salisbury (12-3-1) jumps up to #2. A 7-4 win over Westminster Saturday makes it eight wins in a row for the Crimson Knights, who have three home games this week: Choate (Monday), Trinity Pawling (Wednesday) and Kent (Saturday).

#3 Avon Old Farms (7-2-3) falls one spot. The Winged Beavers were tied up by Kent (2-2) on Saturday after downing Hotchkiss (4-2). Northfield (Wednesday) and Berkshire (Saturday) are on the docket this week, both at home.

Jack Nisbet

#4 Dexter (12-3-0) won its only contest of the week, slipping past stubborn New Hampton. It is another one-game week, with Kents Hill providing the opposition on Wednesday.

#5 Rivers (11-3-2) was highly impressive, blasting BB&N (9-0) and St. Mark’s (9-0) over the weekend. The Redwings look to continue their torrid play at Brooks (Wednesday) and at BB&N (Saturday).

Loomis Chaffee (7-2-1) drops a bit t0 #6 after falling 3-2 to Deerfield. The Pelicans are at Taft Wednesday, then host Westminster (Saturday) and Cushing (Sunday).

#7 Phillips Exeter (13-3-0) continued its solid season with a two more wins, over Governors Academy (3-1) and Phillips Andover (4-3).  The Big Red have home games against St. Sebastian’s (Monday) and Tabor (Wednesday) before taking on Hotchkiss Saturday at Wesleyan University.

#8 Lawrence Academy (9-2-1) made a big statement with a 5-0 win over Thayer on Saturday, which followed on the heels of a 4-3 win over Nobles. The Spartans have a three-game week ahead; Milton Academy (Wednesday), Nobles (Friday) and Proctor (Saturday).

Gunnery (11-5-0) jumps a spot to #9, its only action of the past week a 4-1 non-league win over Stanstead College.The Highlanders continue their homestand this week against Trinity Pawling (Monday), Millbrook (Wednesday) and Williston (Saturday).

The loss to Lawrence drops Thayer (10-5-0) to #10. The Tigers did beat Nobles in a wild 9-5 contest. Cushing (Wednesday) and Belmont Hill (Friday) will face the Tigers this week.

#11 Deerfield (8-5-0) sandwiched the Loomis win and one over Trinity Pawling with a 1-0 loss to Cushing. They look ahead to the KUA battle and have Choate on Saturday.

Wins over Canterbury and Stanstead College this weekend makes it six straight Ws for #12 Albany Academy (12-3-2),  a streak that has seen them allowed just three goals against. The Cadets get Hoosac (Wednesday) and Pomfret (Saturday) at home and travel to Northwood on Sunday.

#13 Belmont Hill (10-4-2) had an impressive 4-1 win over Tabor at Fenway Park, and followed that with a 5-1 conquest of Governors Academy. Three ISL games await the Hillies this week with St. Mark’s (Wednesday), Thayer (Friday) and St. Paul’s (Saturday).

The big win over Kimball Union keeps Tabor (9-4-1) solid at #14. After Exeter, the Seawolves have Milton Academy on Friday.

Debuting in the poll this week at #15 is Taft (7-3-1). The Rhinos knocked off Westminster and Choate this past week, and look ahead to the Loomis contest on Wednesday and Canterbury on Saturday.

Gary Demopoulos
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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