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New Hampshire D1 Final Top 10: Consistency key to #1 Hanover’s NHIAA title season

New Hampshire D1 Top 10

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The season could not have unfolded any better for No. 1 Hanover. The Marauders opened as something of an unknown and finished as a State Champion for the ninth time, tripping Bedford in the title game, 2-1. Along the way, coach Dick Dodds posted his 500th career win.

This much is certain – while Hanover may have arrived ahead of schedule this winter, the Marauders won’t surprise anybody next season. Sixteen players on this year’s roster were underclassmen. Whether they all return remains to be seen.

No. 2 Bedford saw its three-peat bid fall just short at SNHU Arena as it couldn’t complete the three-game season series sweep of Hanover. While the Bulldogs graduate seven, the depth of the program under coach Marty Myers is unmatched in the state. A number of their key core performers were underclassmen.

No. 3 Concord won 13-of-14 to close the regular season but couldn’t escape Bedford in the semifinals. Although the Crimson Tide will graduate a clutch of key performers, including D1 Player of the Year Colin Kastle and All-State defenseman Liam O’Brien, D1 Coach of the Year Duncan Walsh’s club was stocked with quality underclassmen and should be right back in the mix.

No. 4 Bishop Guertin again played the state’s toughest schedule, taking on a number of high-end Massachusetts programs. The Cardinals couldn’t crack Hanover in a 3-2 semifinal loss despite putting 30 shots on net. Next season could be one of transition – coach Gary Bishop’s club graduates eight, All-State first team picks Ben Peterson (F) and Jared Zeichick (D) among them.

No. 5 Pinkerton opened the season with a 10-game winning streak but faltered in the second half and fell to BG in the quarterfinals. The Astros will lose eight to graduation, including All-State first team selections Patrick Hare (F) and Dakota Robinson (G).

Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle joined the HNIB team in 1990 and is a Senior Writer and Director of the Northern New England and Mass/R.I. High School Division camps. An award-winning veteran editor/writer of 35 years experience in the print and digital mediums, he has conceptualized, edited and produced original content and coordinated production for local and global publications and their websites. He holds degrees from Merrimack College and Boston University and won multiple NEPA and NEAP awards during his tenure 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 is a 2017 inductee into the Newburyport High School Wall of Fame. The Newburyport, MA native resides with his family in Epping, NH. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @kdoyle40.
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