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Boys Prep Top 15: Salisbury Returns To Front Of The Line

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Salisbury21020
2Gunnery31021
3Avon Old Farms4721
4Tilton61010
5Kimball Union91140
6St. Sebastian's51030
7Phillips Andover7820
8Lawrence Academy10604
9Dexter Southfield1733
10Cushing8742
11Deerfield12630
12Rivers15842
13St. Paul'sNR831
14Northfield14840
15Nobles11741

It is back where it started for Salisbury (10-2-0). The Crimson Knights started the season at #1 and after one sub-par week, are back at #1 in this week’s HNIB News Boys Prep Top 15.

Salisbury returned from break with wins over Brunswick (5-4) and Deerfield (7-5). The Knights may have to tighten up things a bit defensively going forward, beginning this week with games against Cushing (Wednesday) and Westminster (Saturday).

Red-hot #2 Gunnery (10-2-1) is 9-0-1 in its last 10 after wins this past weekend over Canterbury (4-1) and Winchendon (5-2). The Highlanders look to keep their strong play going this week against Taft (Monday), Hoosac (Wednesday) and Stanstead College (Saturday).

Avon Old Farms (7-2-1) bumps up a spot to #3, returning to action from the holidays with a nice 6-3 win over Taft. The Winged Beavers get Hotchkiss on Wednesday and Kent on Saturday.

#4 Tilton (10-1-0) also returned from break with a bang, pinning an 8-3 win on Milton Academy Saturday and a 10-0 victory over Worcester on Sunday. A huge one looms Wednesday at Phillips Andover.

And look who is making a run up the rankings? None other than defending Elite 8 Kimball Union (11-4-0). The Wildcats had an impressive showing at the Nichol-Belmont Hill Tournament. A three-game week has Vermont Academy (Wednesday), Governors Academy (Friday) and an interesting matchup with resurgent St. Paul’s (Saturday).

#6 St. Sebastian’s (10-3-0) picked up a pair of tight, one-goal wins over Nobles (3-2) and Belmont Hill (2-1). The Arrows are set to host BB&N (Tuesday) and Tabor (Saturday).

Idle Phillips Andover (8-2-1) stays put at #7 anticipating Wednesday’s matchup with Tilton. The Big Blue also have Proctor on Monday and Exeter Saturday.

#8 Lawrence Academy (6-0-4), still unbeaten, had three wins and a tie at the Watkins Tournament and get back into the swing of things Wednesday against Nobles.

A tough Watkins Tournament, where they won just once in four tries, slides Dexter Southfield (7-3-3) down to #9 this week. Dexter did tie Rivers (2-2) and blanked St. Mark’s (6-0). They are off until a Saturday date with New Hampton.

#10 Cushing (7-4-2) won the Watkins Tournament but then fell to Brewster Academy Saturday by a 6-2 margin. A busy week includes Salisbury (Wednesday), Deerfield (Friday) and Loomis Chaffee (Saturday).

Rounding out this week’s Top 15 are #11 Deerfield (6-3-0), #12 Rivers (8-4-2), #13 St. Paul’s (8-3-1), #14 Northfield (8-4-0) and #15 Nobles (7-4-1)

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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