New Hampshire Boys HS Hockey – Division 1 Top 10: Concord Closes On Six-Game Streak To Finish On Top

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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When regional scheduling prevents long-time rivals from meeting during the regular season, formulating polls is reduced to an arbitrary exercise at best. So we took a deeper dive and concluded that, although ranked fourth just a week ago, No. 1 Concord (12-2-0) deserved to close the regular season where it started – on top.

The Crimson Tide didn’t play either Salem or Bishop Guertin, split with Exeter and lost to Bedford. However, they won their final six, a convincing decision of  Exeter and a sweep of Londonderry in the final week. Concord led the division in most goals scored (73), fewest goals allowed (17) and differential (+57).

No. 2 Salem (10-1-0) stays put after knocking off Trinity in its season finale. The Blue Devils don’t score much – just 35 goals – but they dealt Bishop Guertin its only two losses, split with Bedford and yielded just 20 goals.

No. 3 Bishop Guertin (10-2-0) also remains in place after completing a sweep of Exeter Wednesday, 6-5, in OT. The Cardinals’ robust attack (5.3 gpg) ranked second only to Concord. They won their final three after back-to-back 3-2 losses to Salem.

No. 4 Exeter (11-3-0) tumbled after several weeks leading the pack, starting the week with losses to Concord and Bishop Guertin to snap a nine-game winning streak. The Blue Hawks rebounded to win Friday’s finale against Pinkerton, 7-2. They split with Concord and swept Bedford.

No. 5 Bedford (8-5-0) ended a disjointed regular season with Saturday’s 2-1 loss to D2 Oyster River, losing five of its final eight. The Bulldogs knocked off Concord and split with Salem but also lost three straight to Exeter in a span of seven days.

It was a streaky year for No. 6 Bishop Brady (8-6-0), which won its first two and its last two and also had a four-game winning run bracketed by six losses in the middle of the season.

No. 7 Keene (6-4-0) split four games during it busy final week.

No. 8 Londonderry (4-8-0) closed on a three-game slide, losing twice to Concord.

No. 9 Nashua North/Souhegan (4-4-0) also split its final four games.

No. 10 Pinkerton (3-5-0) edged Hanover in Saturday’s finale, 4-3.

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