New Hampshire Boys D1 Final Top 10
While the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association (NHIAA) has yet to decide how, or if, it will recognize champions after cancelling Championship Weekend due to the coronavirus, we’ll go with what we know.
No. 1 Concord (19-1-0) opened the season on an 11-game winning streak and closed it on an eight-game roll, including post-season wins against Pinkerton, 9-1, and Trinity, 6-1. Pinkerton handed the Crimson Tide their lone loss in late January but got swamped by them in the tournament.
That would’ve set up a third meeting with defending champion Bedford, a team Concord upended twice during the season, first in the final of the Brian Stone Memorial Tournament in December and again in the regular season, 4-0. The Tide overwhelmed its opposition, 125-16, paced by Player of the Year Matt Hauschild and All-State first team picks sophomore defenseman Ryan Philbrick and senior goalie Parker Taylor.
Despite its trouble with Concord, No. 2 Bedford (16-3-1) outlasted both Windham and Bishop Guertin in tournament play by the same 5-2 score and closed on a 12-game winning streak. Senior defenseman John Giroux and junior forward Owen Roberto enjoyed monster years. The championship game would’ve been the fourth straight between the teams in the post-season, the previous two in the semifinals.
No. 3 Trinity (14-5-1) ripped Salem in the tournament but got wiped out by Concord in the post-season. Junior forward Anthony DiZillo enjoyed a big year for the Pioneers.
No. 4 Bishop Guertin (14-7-0) belted Bow and upset Exeter in the tournament before getting bounced by Bedford in the semifinals. Junior defenseman Mike Schaaf and senior forward Pat Madden were both All-State second team picks.
No. 5 Exeter (13-4-2) had to be mighty disappointed with its quarterfinal loss to Bishop Guertin. Senior forward Brendan Doyle (first team) and senior forward Ricky Davis and senior goalie Jude Rogles (both second team) were All-State picks for the Blue Hawks. First year coach Paul DiMarino was selected D1 Coach of the Year.
No. 6 Salem (12-4-3) lost its only tournament game to Trinity and lost its final three games. Junior forward Ryan Pappalardo (first team) and senior defenseman Joey Bodenrader (second team) were All-State picks.
No. 7 Pinkerton (11-9-0) shut down Hanover, 7-0, but couldn’t pull off a second upset of Concord in the tournament.
No. 9 Windham (12-10-0) squeezed past Nashua North/Souhegan, 2-1, but lost to Bedford, 5-2, in the tournament.
Despite its tournament loss to Bishop Guertin, No. 10 Bow (7-11-0) enjoyed its best season since elevating to D1.