Girls Prep Hockey Top 15: Four Clubs Have Separated Themselves From The Pack

Gary Demopouloshttp://www.hnibnews.com
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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Girls Prep Top 15

RankTeam*PRWLT
1Nobles1701
2Phillips Andover4601
3Williston3610
4Loomis Chaffee2502
5St. Paul's5530
6Cushing8630
7Tabor6422
8Rivers11511
9Kent7231
10Deerfield13212
11Dexter Southfield14611
12Westminster15431
13New Hampton12431
14ChoateNR332
15Hotchkiss10230

After a weekend that saw the majority of New England’s top teams slugging it out against each other at holiday tournaments, a quartet of teams has emerged as leaders of the pack. And, very little separates the foursome at this point.

Leading that group in this first HNIB News Girls Prep Top 15 of the regular season is #1 Nobles (7-0-1). The ‘Dawgs took home the title at the Harrington Tournament, outscoring four opponents to the tune of 21-1. Next game for Nobles will be January 5 against Dexter Southfield.

Fresh off a tourney win at the Patsy Odden Tournament, Phillips Andover (6-0-1) slides up to #2. The Big Blue open the new year facing off against Kimball Union on January 5.

#3 Williston (6-1-0) gave Nobles all it could handle in the Harrington Tournament final before falling 2-0 (empty net goal). The Wildcats will face Cushing on New Year’s Day.

#4 Loomis Chaffee (5-0-2) opened the season with a scoreless tie with Nobles, and also has a tie with Tabor. The Pelicans host Milton Academy on January 7th.

From here on, there is a lot of parity amongst the next set of contenders.

Despite three losses to date, St. Paul’s (5-3-0) holds firm at #5. Two of its losses at to Williston. They return from break to take on Deerfield on January 8.

#6 Cushing (6-3-0) went 3-1 at its Watkins Tournament, falling only to Northwood. The Penguins also own a solid win over Tabor, and a loss to Governors Academy.

#7 Tabor (4-2-2) has lost only to Andover and Cushing, but does have a tie against Groton. The Seawolves are off until a January 8 date with Williston.

Rivers (5-1-1) moves up a bit to #8. The Red Wings did win the tournament at Dexter Southfield. It was a scoreless tie through regulation and OT. They look ahead to Cushing on January 5.

#9 Kent (2-3-1) is a young team still finding its stride. The Lions get top-ranked Nobles on January 8.

Deerfield (2-1-2) creeps into the Top 10. Its only loss was to Northwood in the Watkins Tournament title game. Worcester Academy is up next on January 5.

Rounding out the Top 15 are Dexter Southfield (6-1-1) at #11, Westminster (4-3-1) at #12, New Hampton (4-3-1) at #13, newcomer Choate (3-3-2) at #14 and Hotchkiss (2-3-0) at #15.

TEAMS TO WATCH: Vermont Academy, Governors Academy

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