New Hampshire Boys Division 2 Top 8: #1 Keene’s Offense Takes Flight In Three-Win Week

Kevin Doyle
Kevin Doyle
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
2St. Thomas Aquinas21141
4Oyster River51131
6Somersworth/Coe-Brown 6961
8Lebanon/Stevens/Mount Royal8691

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.

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