New Hampshire D3 Boys Top 8
As it turns out, perfection eluded No. 1 John Stark/Hopkinton, the result of its 3-1 loss to D2 Goffstown this past week. The General Hawks will have to be content with achieving an unblemished mark (17-0) within the division.
They bounced back from that Goffstown defeat to handle ConVal/Conant on Saturday, 6-2, before edging Monadnock/Fall Mountain in Sunday morning’s finale, 5-4, to complete a sweep of the season series.
How dominant has JSH been? The G-Hawks rolled up 104 goals and posted eight shutouts en route to a plus-78 differential.
By any measure it has been a spectacular regular season for No. 2 Monadnock/Fall Mountain, which surely is hoping for one more shot at JSH in the tournament. MFM handled both ConVal/Conant, 8-2, and No. 8 Pembroke/Campbell, 8-1, prior to Sunday’s loss. MFM’s potent attack produced 93 goals and a plus-57 differential.
No. 3 Belmont/Gilford began the season with four consecutive losses then proceeded to win 13-of-14 – the lone blemish a one-goal loss to JSH. They capped the regular season with its 4-3 mid-week decision of Kennett. BG yielded just 23 goals in its final 14 games after getting torched for 19 in its first four.
No. 4 Berlin/Gorham rattled Laconia/Winnisquam, 8-1, to close out the regular season. The Mountaineers will enjoy home ice in the D3 Tournament when it kicks off next Saturday.
No. 5 Moultonborough/Inter-Lakes jumped two spots into the Top Five by sweeping a season-ending home-and-home series from No. 6 Hollis/Brookline-Derryfield by identical 5-2 counts. It’s been an up-and-down season for the Lakers, who neither won nor lost more than three games in a row at any point.