Boys Prep Top 15
Holiday break is now over and everyone is back to hockey business in the prep school ranks. Action began in earnest this past week.
The first HNIB News Boys Prep Top 15 of the new year also sees a new top club, as Lawrence Academy (9-1-0) slides into the top spot, thanks to a win over previous #1 Dexter Southfield in the finals of the Watkins Tournament.
The Spartans were actually off this past weekend, and swing back into things with a pair of tough Keller Division games against Nobles (Wednesday) and Thayer (Saturday).
#2 Dexter Southfield (13-1-0) rebounded in a big way from that loss, downing Rivers (6-1) and St. Mark’s (8-2). They are off until weekend games with New Hampton (Saturday) and Hill (Sunday).
Salsibury (10-1-1) holds firm at #3 after returning to action with wins over Brunswick (4-2) and Deerfield (3-2). Cushing (Wednesday) and Westminster (Saturday) will be tough tests this week for the Crimson Knights.
#4 Avon Old Farms (9-1-0) made it four straight wins after downing Taft (4-1). A busy week has Hotchkiss (Wednesday), Pomfret (Friday) and Kent (Saturday).
#5 Kimball Union (12-4-1) bounced back from a loss to St. Andrew’s College at the Prep Cup by knocking off Shattuck St. Mary’s and Culver, then followed that with come-from-behind wins over Governor’s Academy and Cushing. The Wildcats look ahead to Lakes Division contests with Vermont Academy (Wednesday) and St. Paul’s (Saturday).
A 2-0 win over #7 Kent jumps Loomis Chaffee (8-1-2) up to #6. The Pelicans will tackle Deerfield (Wednesday) and Hotchkiss (Saturday).
Kent (8-3-0) hopes to get back into the win column with Millbrook (Monday) and Trinity Pawling (Wednesday) before seeing Avon Old Farms (Saturday).
#8 St. Mark’s (7-1-1) suffered its first loss with the setback to Dexter Southfield. Eberhart Division rivals Roxbury Latin (Wednesday) and Rivers (Saturday) are up this week.
#9 Cushing (8-5-1) posted wins over Canterbury (6-3), New Hampton (3-2) and Thayer (5-1) and had tough one-goal losses to Lawrence Academy and Kimball Union. The Penguins would like nothing better than to knock off Salisbury Wednesday.
#10 Brunswick (11-4-1) took home the title at the Belmont Hill-Nichols Tournament.