New Hampshire Boys D2 Top 8
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No. 1 Keene (14-3-2) played possibly its two toughest games of the season, both against Lebanon/Stevens/Mount Royal, to close the regular season and to begin its tourney journey. After stunning Keene in the regular-season finale, LSMR took the Blackbirds to OT before bowing out in the quarterfinals, 5-4.
Keene then clipped Oyster River in the semifinals, 4-2, to set up a title game between the last two champions – Keene (2018) and St. Thomas Aquinas (2019). Senior Player of the Year Jerred Tattersall powered the Blackbirds while senior Joe Walsh was a second team selection.
No. 2 St. Thomas Aquinas (15-4-1) was looking to assert its superiority over Keene in the title game, having already defeated the Blackbirds, 4-3, on Jan. 29.
The Saints took out Somersworth/Coe Brown, 5-4, and Merrimack, 4-2, in the tournament. Senior defenseman Brendan Tersolo (first team) and senior defenseman Will MacLean (second team) earned all-State recognition for the Saints.
No. 3 Merrimack (14-5-1) couldn’t complete a post-season sweep of the City of Dover. The Tomahawks topped Dover, 5-3, but fell to STA, 4-2. Senior forward Zach Stimeling had a strong year.
No. 4 Goffstown (13-6-0) was shut out by Oyster River, 4-0, in its only tournament outing. Junior forward Grady Chretien was a first-team All State pick.
No. 6 Oyster River (12-6-1) defeated Goffstown before losing to Keene, The Bobcats got plenty of postseason recognition, including Coach of the Year Peter Harwood, senior defenseman Declan Daubney and sophomore goalie Claden Daubney, both first-teamers.
No. 7 Somersworth/Coe Brown (12-6-10 lost to STA in in its only tournament game, 5-4.
No. 8 Lebanon/Stevens/Mount Royal (8-10-1) was playing its best hockey at the end of the season. Keene knows that,