Girls D-1 Prep Poll: #1 Nobles, #2 St. Paul’s face off Saturday

Gary Demopoulos
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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*Updated 2/9/14


The week of big game amongst the top teams is over. While nothing really changed at the top, there was some shuffling further down the latest HNIB News Girls Prep Division I Top Ten Poll.


#1 Nobles (22-0-0) keeps on rolling, taking three more shutout wins over the week, including a 3-0 whitewashing of Westminster on the road Saturday. The ‘Dawgs have Phillips Andover on Wednesday and are at Thayer on Friday.


Keeping the pace is #2 St. Paul’s (19-0-1). The Pelicans passed their test Friday with flying colors, downing #3 Tabor, 5-2. They also beat a hot Middlesex team by the same 5-2 score. This week, St. Paul’s travels to BB&N on Wednesday.


THEN, on Saturday, perhaps the biggest game of the regular season to date, when St. Paul’s travels to Nobles for a 3:15 pm tilt. The game will decide the ISL title, as well as most likely, the top seed in the Division I playoffs. The two teams met in the New England semifinals last season, with Nobles winning, 8-0. You can bet St. Paul’s hasn’t forgotten about that one.


Tabor (13-2-3), despite the loss to St. Paul’s, stays at #3. The Seawolves made a nice recovery, edging Pomfret, 4-3, on Saturday. Tabor is at Exeter on Wednesday and then host Brooks on Saturday.


Now for the re-shuffling. Williston (14-4-3) moves up to #4, thanks to wins this week over Kimball Union (4-0) and a huge conquest of Choate (1-0).  Hoping to secure home ice for the first round of the playoffs, the Wildcats take on Northfield Wednesday, and then have an important battle Saturday at Loomis Chaffee (1:15pm).


And despite losing a nailbiter to Tabor, Pomfret (10-5-1) moves up to #5. The Griffins can’t let down Monday when they host Berkshire (6:00 pm) in a make-up game, then host Cushing on Saturday.


#6 Westminster (11-6-1) did blank Loomis, 2-0, prior to losing to Nobles, moving them up a slot. The Martlets have a big homestand this week, hoping to make some strides against the likes of Taft Wednesday (2:30pm), Deerfield Friday (6:00pm) and Berkshire Saturday (4:30pm).


#7 Choate (10-5-3) also shut out Loomis, 2-0, rebounded from the loss to Williston.  The Wild Board also have a three-game week, looking to move up the poll against Kingswood (Tuesday), Berkshire (Wednesday) and Taft (Saturday).


Loomis Chaffee (10-7-0) slides down after the back-to-back shutout losses. They have Kingswood Wednesday before the big game vs. Williston Saturday.


Kent (9-5-2) falls down to #9 after back-to-back losses to Division II teams Canterbury and Millbrook (both by 3-1 scores). The Lions will look to rebound at Hotchkiss Wednesday.


Rounding out this week’s poll will be BB&N at #10. The Knights (12-7-1) hope to upset St. Paul’s on Wednesday, then are at Lawrence Academy Friday (4:30pm) and St. Mark’s Saturday (3;15pm).

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