New Hampshire Boys Division1 Top 10: #1 Concord Rolls, Knocking Off Hanover, Bishop Guertin

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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It seems likely that it is all over but the shouting now for No. 1 Concord (15-1-0), which took down Hanover, 6-1, and Bishop Guertin, 3-2, this past week. With no games remaining against any of the top teams and barring a cataclysmic upset in the final week the Crimson Tide is poised to finish this regular season atop the HNIB News New Hampshire Division 1 Top 10.

Such recognition is well earned but all that truly matters is playing for a State title next month at SNHU Arena. Concord closes out this week at Manchester Central/West on Wednesday and at home against Bow on Saturday.

No. 2 Salem (12-1-3) kept pace in the loss column as it silenced Pinkerton Saturday night, 4-0. The Blue Devils spend a challenging final week on the road – at Bishop Guertin on Wednesday and at Windham on Saturday.

No. 3 Exeter (12-2-2) climbs a notch following a strong week that saw the Blue Hawks shut out Pinkerton, 4-0, and squeeze past Hanover, 2-1. They also finish on the road at Nashua South/Pelham Wednesday and at Trinity Saturday.

Here comes No. 4 Bedford (12-3-1), which belted D2 St. Thomas Aquinas, 10-1; shut out Trinity, 3-0; and blasted Bp. Brady, 10-0. The Bulldogs also finish on the road at Hanover Wednesday and at Central/West Saturday.

No. 5 Trinity (11-3-3) takes a tumble following a split week in which the Pioneers toppled Nashua South/Pelham, 5-2, but came up short against Bedford. They finish up at home with three games – against Hanover Monday, Nashua North/Souhegan Wednesday and Exeter Saturday.

No. 6 Bishop Guertin (10-6-0) measured Bishop Brady, 7-2, but suffered that frustrating 3-2 loss to Concord Saturday night in which the Cardinals were hampered by a rash of penalties. They finish on the road Wednesday at Salem and Saturday at Londonderry.

No. 7 Hanover (8-7-0) managed little offense in those losses to Concord and Exeter. The Marauders’ three-game week includes Monday’s visit to Trinity followed by home dates with Bedford Wednesday and Bp. Brady Saturday.

No. 8 Pinkerton (8-8-0) had an empty week in the truest sense, getting shut out by both Exeter and Salem by identical 4-0 scores. The Astros head to Londonderry Wednesday and host Memorial in Saturday’s regular-season finale.

No. 9 Windham (9-7-0) scored a key win for post-season seeding, edging Londonderry Saturday night in OT, 2-1. The Jaguars trek to Bow Wednesday and finish at home Saturday against rival Salem.

No. 10 Bow (7-9-0) bounced back from a 4-0 loss to Londonderry by routing Central/West Saturday, 9-0. Following Wednesday’s game with Windham the Falcons finish up at Concord Saturday.

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