Boys Prep Top 15
None of the top seven teams in our last rankings lost this week, so their order remains the same in this week’s HNIB News Boys Prep Top 15.
#1 Salisbury (19-4-1) played just once, gaining a 6-1 win over Trinity Pawling. The Crimson Knights have another one-game week, playing at Taft on Wednesday.
Wins over Belmont Hill (7-2) and Hebron (5-2) keep #2 Lawrence Academy (12-0-6) unbeaten. The Spartans will be tested in a big way this week, however, as they get Thayer (Wednesday), then a huge battle with St. Sebastian’s (Friday), and St. Paul’s (Saturday).
#3 Kimball Union (21-5-0) is cruising along, picking up wins over Northfield (2-1), Holderness (5-1) and New Hampton (4-2). The Wilcats, winners of seven straight, have another three-game week, with road games at Andover (Wednesday) and New Hampton (Friday), and hosting Holderness (Saturday).
Now 9-0-2 in its last 11 games, #4 Dexter Southfield (15-3-4) will host New Hampton Wednesday. Last week, Dexter beat Pomfret (5-2), Exeter (4-3) and Andover (5-2). Ben Raymond had a hat trick in Saturday’s win over Andover.
Make it six straight wins for #5 St. Sebastian’s (17-4-0) after wins over Milton (4-1), St. Paul’s (4-1) and Proctor (8-1). The Arrows, who have Belmont Hill (Wednesday) and Hoosac (Saturday) around the Lawrence Academy matchup, have been getting good production from likes of Liam Gorman and Tommy Lyons, who combined for five goals yesterday.
#6 Gunnery (16-4-1) avenged an earlier loss with a 6-3 decision of Millbrook. The Highlanders get #15 Avon Old Farms on Wednesday, Brunswick Friday and Lawrenceville Saturday.
#7 Tilton (17-4-0) had big win Saturday over Exeter (4-1), following up a 7-1 win over Berwick. The Rams host Holderness Wednesday. Junior defenseman Jagger Benson has been big in both ends of the ice so far this year.
#8 Northfield (15-5-1) and #9 Exeter (14-7-2) switch places this week. The Hoggers battled hard in a one-goal loss to KUA, while the Big Red suffered defeats to top 10 clubs Dexter and Tilton. Exeter has a three-game homestand this week against #14 Proctor (Wednesday), Albany Academy (Friday) and Choate (Saturday).
Making their poll debut this week at #12 is Groton (14-5-2). The Zebras have won 11 straight after Saturday’s 3-2 OT win over St Mark’s, allowing just 13 goals in those 11 games. Seniors Drew Burke and Will Torriani have powered the offense. Groton takes on Worcester Academy (Monday) and BB&N (Wednesday).