New Hampshire D-2 Poll: Bedford finishes a perfect 18-0

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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New Hampshire Division 2 Boys Poll

RankTeamWLT
1Bedford1800
2Bow1431
3Dover1530
4Spaulding1440
5Windham/Pelham1440
6Goffstown1350
7Merrimack1080
8Lebanon7101
9Oyster River891
10Kingswood7110

* Updated 3/3/14

Regular-season perfection – if it was a goal – has been achieved. However, the past 10 weeks have been but preamble to the primary prize for Hockey Night In Boston’s Division Two New Hampshire poll leader No. 1 Bedford (18-0-0) – a third consecutive NHIAA Division Two State title.

 

The Bulldogs boast the division’s premier offense (101 goals) and will be well-honed for the rigors of tournament play, having encountered their toughest tests of the season in the final two weeks, including Saturday’s 3-1 decision of rival Merrimack in the finale.

 

No. 2 Bow (14-3-1) defeated tourney qualifier Lebanon and Somersworth/Coe-Brown in its final two games. Jake Rand (24-16-40) and Chris Fournier (17-19-36) pace the high-flying Falcons’ offense that poured in 84 regular-season goals.

 

No. 3 Dover (15-3-0) closed with a four-win week and rolls into tournament having won 9-of-10 in the season’s second half. Cam Crowley (23-13-36) and Kieran Lombard (10-20-30) spark a balanced attack in front of steady goalie Luc Ravenelle.

 

Compared to the other teams in the division, No. 4 Spaulding (14-4-0) had a quiet final week, knocking off Oyster River in its lone outing. Brent Phillips (29-14-43) is the leader of an offense that boasts 10 double-digit scorers.

 

No. 5 Windham/Pelham (14-4-0) closed on a positive note, winning its final four following a mid-February loss to Spaulding. Dustin Lubinger (21-14-35) and Bryce Blanchard (10-20-30) have enjoyed highly productive campaigns.

 

NHIAA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

First Round

Wednesday, March 5

No. 9 Lebanon at No. 8 Oyster River, 6 p.m.

No.  10 Kingswood at No. 7 Merrimack, 6 p.m.

 

Quarterfinals

Saturday, March 8

Lebanon/Oyster River winner at No. 1 Bedford, 4 p.m.

Merrimack/Kingswood winner at No. 2 Dover, 4 p.m.

No. 5 Windham/Pelham at No. 4 Spaulding, 4 p.m.

No. 6 Goffstown at No. 3 Bow, 4 p.m.

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