New Hampshire Boys D1 Top 10
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.