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Girls Prep D2 Poll: Rivers heads tightly-bunched group

Girls Prep D2 Poll

3Worcester Academy3630
7Kimball Union7721

Things remain tight at the top of Girls Division 2 Prep hockey. Not much separates the top teams from each other, which should make for a great ride to the post-season.

Rivers (6-1-2) will stay at #1 in this week’s HNIB Girls D2 Prep rankings. The Redwings suffered their first loss of the year to non-league Stanstead College, slipped past Brooks (1-0) and tied Proctor (1-1) at the Exeter New Years Tournament. A good litmus test happens today (Monday) with D1 power Nobles on the docket. St. George’s (Wednesday) and Winchendon (Saturday) fill out the week.

#2 Canterbury (7-3-3) dropped three straight to D1 opponents Cushing, Winchendon and Northfield, then played to a pair of 2-2 standoffs this past week with Kimball Union and Tilton. The Saints look to get back to their winning ways with Millbrook (Wednesday) and Greenwich Academy (Friday).

#3 Worcester Academy (6-3-0) dropped a 3-0 decision to St. Mark’s. Another tough D1 test comes up Wednesday against Exeter. The Hilltoppers then are scheduled to take on Portsmouth Abbey Saturday.

Thayer (8-2-1) moves up to #4. The Tigers blanked Winsor (10-0) and gave D1 power Tabor all it could handle before falling 3-2 in OT. On the docket this week are Berwick (Friday) and Southfield (Saturday).

#5 Gunnery (4-4-0) saw its game with St. George’s postponed by snow, so the Highlanders are ready to get back to game action. They have Vermont Academy (Wednesday) and Williston (Saturday).

#6 Brooks (3-4-1) blanked Proctor (3-0) and then dropped a pair of 1-0 decisions to Rivers and Stanstead College. Tough D1 opponents loom this week with St. Paul’s (Wednesday) and Lawrence Academy (Saturday).

#7 Kimball Union (7-2-1) went 2-0-1 this past week with wins over Brewster Academy (5-2) and Millbrook (3-0) sandwiched around the 2-2 tie with Canterbury. The Wildcats will look to play hard against Stanstead College (Wednesday) and then Holderness (Saturday).

Moving into the #8 spot is Tilton (5-4-3). The Rams beat Millbrook 5-3 and tied Canterbury 2-2 over the weekend. They get Holderness (Wednesday) and North Yarmouth Academy (Saturday).

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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