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Boys Prep Top 15: Northfield, Winchendon moving up

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Salisbury11501
2Rivers31812
3Kimball Union41941
4Milton Academy51121
5Phillips Exeter21731
6Dexter Southfield61242
7Gunnery81362
8Northfield91723
9Cushing71561
10Winchendon121233
11Westminster151050
12Trinity PawlingNR843
13BrunswickNR1083
14Williston131062
15Lawrence AcademyNR1171

Things are starting to get tighter at the top of the Boys Prep hockey world as we sit with just about a month left in the regular season.

#1 Salisbury (15-0-1) moves on its march, taking down Gunnery (4-3) and Berkshire (5-2) to remain unbeaten. The Crimson Knights have three games this week and all will be tough: Monday vs. Brunswick, Wednesday, vs Trinity-Pawling, Thursday vs. Kent.

Make it eight straight wins for #2 Rivers (18-1-2), which dispatched Roxbury Latin (6-3), Nobles (4-0) and Middlesex (4-0) this week. The Red Wings take on Groton (Wednesday) and then Belmont Hill (Saturday).

#3 Kimball Union (19-4-1) climbs to #3 after a week that saw the Wildcats hold off Phillips Exeter (4-3) and down Tilton (6-1). A huge matchup looms Wednesday with impressive Northfield. Then, KUA gets Holderness (Friday) and New Hampton (Saturday) in Lakes Region play.

Although it was idle this past week, Milton Academy (11-2-1) jumps up a spot to #4. The Mustangs swing back into action this week against St. Sebastian’s (Wednesday) and Roxbury Latin (Saturday).

After falling to KUA, #5 Phillips Exeter (17-3-1) also fell to Cushing (5-2) before beating BB&N (7-3). The Big Red look ahead to Holderness (Wednesday), Berwick (Friday) and Tilton (Saturday).

#6 Dexter Southfield (12-4-2) won a pair this week, besting St. George’s (7-2) before surviving St. Mark’s (5-4). A three game week sees DS battle Brooks (Monday), Pomfret (Wednesday) and Andover (Saturday).

#7 Gunnery (13-6-2) rebounded from the Salisbury loss (in OT by the way) to grab wins over Vermont Academy (7-0) and Hill School (2-1). The Highlanders face Millbrook Wednesday.

Wins over Cushing (1-0) and Tilton (2-1) makes it nine straight wins for #8 Northfield (17-2-3). The Hoggers are ready for Wednesday’s showdown with KUA.

#9 Cushing (15-6-1) rebounded from the Northfield loss with the huge win over Exeter. The Penguins are on the road to Tilton (Wednesday) and Vermont Academy (Friday).

Red-hot Winchendon (11-3-3) cracks the top 10 as wins this week over Andover (6-4), Hebron (6-1) and Canterbury (8-1) makes it seven victories in their last eight. The Wapiti face off with Hoosac School (Wednesday) and Albany Academy (Saturday).

Rounding out this week’s Top 15 are #11 Westminster (10-5-0), #12 Trinity Pawling (8-4-3), #13 Brunswick (9-7-3), #14 Williston (10-6-2) and #15 Lawrence Academy (11-7-1).

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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