New Hampshire Boys D2 Top 8
|Rank||Team||[tooltip text="PR*" gravity="ne"]Previous Ranking[/tooltip]||W||L||T|
|6||St. Thomas Aquinas||7||5||3||1|
Oyster River crossed the state Saturday and dealt No. 1 Keene (5-1-1) its first loss of the season, 4-3 – a bit surprising in the sense that the Blackbirds had yielded just three goals in three previous home games.
We could penalize the Blackbirds but we’re not; rather, we’re waiting to see how they fare as they attempt to pull off the Dover Double this week. They host St. Thomas Aquinas on Thursday before heading to Dover for a Saturday afternoon matinee against the Green Wave.
It was an empty week for No. 2 Goffstown (8-2-0). When the Grizzlies finally hit the ice Saturday at Spaulding they will have had two weeks off. Remains to be seen if that gap is a momentum-killer.
No. 3 Oyster River (6-2-1) jumps up a couple of spots on the strength of that upset of Keene. The Bobcats have road dates with Somersworth/Coe-Brown (Wednesday) and Lincoln-Stevens/Mount Royal (Saturday) this week.
No. 4 Merrimack (6-1-0) remains in place after stretching its winning streak to six games by upending D1 Nashua North/Souhegan, 4-2, and Portsmouth/Newmarket, 3-2. The Tomahawks are at Spaulding Wednesday and host D1 Salem Saturday.
After being stunned by previously winless Spaulding, 3-2, No. 5 Dover (6-3-0) snapped a three-game losing streak Saturday with its 4-3 decision of Somersworth/Coe-Brown. Saturday’s home date against Keene awaits.
No. 6 St. Thomas Aquinas (5-3-1) split one-goal games, falling to D1 Windham, 2-1, while shutting out Lincoln-Stevens/Mount Royal, 1-0. The Saints head to Keene Thursday and Kingswood Saturday.
No. 7 Somersworth/Coe-Brown (3-4-1) aims to bounce back from that loss to Dover when it takes on Oyster River Wednesday before heading to suddenly smoldering Winnacunnet Saturday.
No. 8 Kennett (3-3-0) moves back into the poll on the strength of a tidy 4-0 mid-week shutout of D3 Kennett. The Knights are at home against Winnacunnet (Wednesday) and STA (Saturday) this week.