New Hampshire Boys D3 Top 6
Much like Concord in D1, No, 1 Berlin/Gorham (16-1-2) was unmatched all season. The Mountaineers lost their season opener, then rattled off an 18-game unbeaten streak that included a 3-2 OT win against defending champ John Stark/Hopkinton in the semifinal.
Sophomore defenseman Ben Estrella (first team), junior forward and Player of the Year Tyler Rousseau (first team) and sophomore defenseman Carter Poulin (second team) all earned All-State status.
As it turned out, Berlin/Gorham advancing to the title game was the only sure thing about the D3 Tournament.
Despite its loss to Berlin/Gorham, No. 2 John Stark/Hopkinton (13-6-1) scored a 4-2 quarterfinal win against Kearsage/Plymouth. The General Hawks got big seasons from senior forward Brett Patnode and junior forward Tyler Scordo, both All-State second team picks.
The other two quarterfinal games produced altogether unexpected results. No. 3 Kennett (9-10-1) stunned Hollis-Brookline/Derryfield, 4-3, to complete a two-game season sweep and advanced to the championship game; and No. 6 ConVal/Conant (8-11-1) outgunned Belmont/Gilford, 7-4.
Kennett hammered ConVal/Conant in the semifinals, 8-0. Senior defenseman Connor Tofflemoyer, senior dorward Miles Woodbury, and junior goalie Bryson Wrobleski had stellar campaigns for the Eagles.
No. 4 Hollis-Brookline/Derryfield (13-5-1) had surely hoped for a much more productive post-season but Kennett ruined that dream.
Ditto for No. 5 Belmont/Gilford (14-5-0), which couldn’t have guessed CVC would go off after an 8-1 loss in the teams’ regular-season game. Senior defenseman Nate Shirley, senior forward Hatden Parent, and junior goalie Connor McGreevy were all first-team all-State picks.
ConVal/Conant had its moment in the sun with that upset of Berlin/Gorham. Chris Turner was named Coach of the Year and senior forward Nate Turner was first-team All-State.