New Hampshire D-1 Boys Poll: St. Thomas still leading the way

Kevin Doyle
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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 Division 1 Boys Poll

RankTeamWLT
1St. Thomas Aquinas811
2Salem810
3Londonderry820
4Trinity630
5Manchester Central630
6Manchester Memorial521
7Nashua North640
8Pinkerton251
9Hanover351
10Concord360

*Updated 1/27/14

 

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.

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