New Hampshire Boys D2 Top 8: The Picture Is Murky Entering Final Month

Kevin Doyle
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Kevin joined HNIB in 1990 and is a Senior Writer and Director of the Northern New England and Mass/R.I. High School Division camps. A veteran editor/writer of 40 years in the print and digital mediums, he has edited and produced original content and coordinated production for local and global publications and websites. He holds degrees from Merrimack College and Boston University and won multiple industry awards 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 a 2017 Newburyport High School Wall of Fame inductee. He resides with his family in Portsmouth, NH. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @kdoyle40

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New Hampshire Boys D2 Top 8

RankTeam[tooltip text="PR*" gravity="ne"]Previous Ranking[/tooltip]WLT
1Keene1621
2Goffstown2920
3Merrimack4720
4St. Thomas Aquinas6731
5Oyster River3731
6Dover5640
7Somersworth/Coe-Brown7541
8Kingswood8440

Could be awhile before the picture in D2 crystalizes – every team in this week’s HNIB News New Hampshire Division 2 Top 8 owns a .500 record or better and four have seven wins or more. Should be an interesting stretch run.

No. 1 Keene (6-2-1) hangs onto the top spot for now. The Blackbirds snapped a two-game skid with a key 3-2 win against Dover Saturday after dropping a 4-3 decision to St. Thomas Aquinas earlier in the week. They have two games in a little more than 24 hours on Friday at D1 Bishop Brady and Saturday vs. Winnacunnet.

No. 2 Goffstown (9-2-0) remains in the primary chase position. The Grizzlies returned from two weeks off to roll past Spaulding Saturday, 10-4. Their only game this week is Wednesday at Kingswood.

No. 3 Merrimack (7-2-0) climbs up a spot on the strength of its solid showing in Saturday’s 3-1 loss to D1 No. 3 Salem. The Tomahawks toppled Spaulding earlier in the week, 7-2. They stay at home this week against Alvirne/Milford Wednesday and St. Thomas Aquinas Saturday.

No. 4 St. Thomas Aquinas (7-3-1) bumps up a couple of spots after a strong week that saw the Saints edge Keene, 4-3, and Kingswood, 3-2 – giving them three straight one-goal wins. Saturday’s trip to Merrimack is their lone game this week.

No. 5 Oyster River (7-3-0) tumbles two places. The Bobcats fell to Somersworth/Coe-Brown, 5-3, but slid past Lebanon-Stevens/Mount Royal, 2-1. They visit Dover Wednesday and are home against Portsmouth/Newmarket Sunday.

No. 6 Dover (6-4-0) drops a spot with the loss to Keene their fourth defeat in five games. The Green Wave is home against Oyster River Wednesday and at LSMR Saturday.

No. 7 Somersworth/Coe-Brown (5-4-1) stays put after defeating Oyster River and Winnacunnet. SCB has a true home-and-home against Portsmouth/Newmarket on Monday and Wednesday and is home against Kingswood Saturday.

No. 8 Kingswood (4-4-0) split one-goal games, edging Winnacunnet, 4-3, and losing to STA, 3-2. The Knights take on Goffstown at home Wednesday before that game at SCB Saturday.

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