New Hampshire Division 1 Boys Poll
|1||St. Thomas Aquinas||8||1||1|
The chance for change at the top of this week’s poll loomed large – until Niall Foster’s OT goal presented No. 1 St. Thomas Aquinas (8-1-1) a 3-2 decision against emerging Pinkerton Saturday.
That followed up the Saints’ 9-2 demolition of Manchester Central earlier in the week. STA has outscored opponents, 36-13, during a seven-game winning streak and visits Londonderry Wednesday in a game that will impact the playoff chase.
No. 2 Salem (8-1-0) kept on rolling with lopsided victories against Hanover and Bishop Brady. The Blue Devils hit the road this week for games with Nashua South (Monday) and Manchester Memorial (Thursday).
No. 3 Londonderry (8-2-0) has been on a roll with a seven-game winning streak, including Sunday’s 7-1 romp past Trinity. Wednesday’s home game against STA should be a classic — both teams have accomplished attacks and stingy defenses.
No. 4 Trinity (6-3-0) entered the game against Londonderry fresh off an eight-day layoff and following three consecutive one-goal wins but never found its legs.
No. 5 Manchester Central (6-3-0) halted a two-game slide with Saturday’s 6-3 win against Nashua North and takes on Trinity (home) and Concord (away) this week.
No. 6 Manchester Memorial (5-2-1) shut out Exeter Saturday night, 2-0, behind Brandon McKenzie’s 26 saves. Memorial faces a big week with games against both STA and Salem.
No. 7 Nashua North (6-4-0) has struggled since starting 5-0-0 with all of the losses to clubs ranked ahead of them. North’s lone game this week is at Exeter.
Look past No. 8 Pinkerton’s (2-5-1) record. The Astros took STA to the limit Saturday and look to build momentum for the stretch run this week against Nashua South and Exeter.
No. 9 Hanover (3-5-1) slammed Nashua South Saturday and squares off with Concord Monday.
No. 10 Concord (3-6-0) trimmed Bp. Guertin, 2-1, Saturday to halt a three-game slide.