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Final Regular Season NH D1 Top 10: Explosive finish carries Concord to the top

New Hampshire D1 Top 10

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Concord31620
2Hanover 11530
3Pinkerton41530
4Bp. Guertin21161
5Bedford51340
6Trinity61260
7Londonderry8981
8Salem7891
9Nashua South/Pelham106120
10Exeter95130

*Overall records in parentheses

It all went sideways and upside down simultaneously this week, leading to a shift among the top four teams in HNIB’s final regular season New Hampshire D1 Top 10 poll.

As far as closing weeks go, they don’t come much better than what new No. 1 Concord (18-3-0) pulled off. First, the Crimson Tide swamped previous division leader Hanover on consecutive nights, 6-0 and 4-2. Then, with Colin Kastle striking for a hat trick, the Tide turned away Bishop Guertin Saturday night, 7-4, to secure the top seed in the NHIAA Tournament.

No. 2 Hanover (18-4-0) recovered from the back-to-back losses to Concord – the first of which brought the Marauders’ eight-game winning streak to an emphatic end – to finish up with a 5-0 shutout of Bp. Brady.

After having lost three of its five previous games, No. 3 Pinkerton (16-4-0) closed with a flourish. The Astros toppled both Bedford (3-2) and Bishop Guertin (4-1) then routed Central/West (9-4) in a three-win week.

No. 4 Bishop Guertin (12-7-1) dropped two spots in the final poll due to those losses to Pinkerton and Concord. The Cardinals’ three NHIAA losses were at the hands of each team ahead of them in the poll.

No. 5 Bedford (17-4-0) lost to Pinkerton earlier in the week and wrapped up the regular season Sunday night against Memorial.

Pay attention to No. 6 Trinity in the post-season. The Pioneers closed with wins against Central/West and No. 10 Exeter and carry a nine-game winning streak into the tournament.

Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle joined the HNIB team in 1990 and is a Senior Writer and Director of the Northern New England and Mass/R.I. High School Division camps. An award-winning veteran editor/writer of 35 years experience in the print and digital mediums, he has conceptualized, edited and produced original content and coordinated production for local and global publications and their websites. He holds degrees from Merrimack College and Boston University and won multiple NEPA and NEAP awards during his tenure as Sports Editor of The Daily News of Newburyport and News Editor of The Amesbury News. He is the 2016 recipient of the North Shore Lifetime Commitment From the Community award presented by Moynihan Lumber and is a 2017 inductee into the Newburyport High School Wall of Fame. The Newburyport, MA native resides with his family in Epping, NH. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @kdoyle40.
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