New Hampshire Boys D2 Top 8
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No. 1 Keene (11-2-2) flexed its offensive muscle, sandwiching 8-goal outputs in lopsided wins against D1 Manchester Central/West and Alvirne/Milford around a 6-3 decision of D1 Bishop Brady. The Blackbirds conclude the regular season Monday at home against Merrimack and Wednesday at Lincoln/Stevens/Mount Royal.
We’re not penalizing No. 2 St. Thomas Aquinas (11-4-1) for its 10-1 thumping by D1 Bedford. The Saints rebounded with Saturday’s 6-2 win against Spaulding and wrap it up Wednesday against Portsmouth/Newmarket.
No. 3 Merrimack (11-3-1) outlasted both Somersworth/Coe-Brown, 6-4, and LSMR, 3-2. The Tomahawks face a busy final week – at Keene Monday, home to Kingswood Wednesday and at Oyster River Friday.
No. 4 Oyster River (11-3-1) swaps spots with No. 5 Goffstown (12-5-0) on the strength of its 3-2 win against the Grizzlies Saturday night. That completed a perfect week for the Bobcats, who also upended Alvirne/Milford, 6-1, and Kingswood, 7-0. Goffstown outgunned Portsmouth/Newmarket, 8-5, and handled Winnacunnet, 7-2, before falling to OR.
No. 6 SCB (9-6-1) had that loss to Merrimack in its only game. The Bearcats finish at home Wednesday against Winnacunnet.
No. 7 Dover (9-7-0) regained some footing with its first clean week since early January, stopping D3 Pemboke/Campbell, 4-1, before shutting out Kingswood, 7-0. The Green Wave heads to Oyster River Wednesday and to Spaulding Saturday.
No. 8 LSMR (6-9-1) only managed a tie in three games but hangs on to the final spot on the strength of its 2-all deadlock with D3 leader Berlin/Gorham and its strong showing in Saturday’s loss to Merrimack. They host Keene in Wednesday’s finale.