New Hampshire Boys D1 Top 10
It almost all went sideways heading into the final week of the regular season – not quite, but almost.
Not sure what to make of No. 1 Hanover’s week. While the Marauders shut out Concord twice – in a 4-0 win Wednesday and scoreless tie on Sunday – they also got ambushed by No. 6 Exeter on Saturday, 5-3. They close the season on the road at Bedford on Thursday and at No. 9 Bishop Brady on Saturday.
No. 2 Pinkerton climbs two spots in our penultimate poll. The Astros took care of business with one-goal wins against Exeter and Salem. They wrap up the regular season with three games – Monday vs. No. 10 Windham, Wednesday at No. 9 Londonderry and Saturday vs. Memorial.
Despite ceding 3-of-4 points to Hanover, No. 3 Concord stays put. The Tide topped No. 8 Bishop Guertin Saturday and wraps up the season Wednesday vs. Manchester Central/West and Saturday at Bow.
No. 4 Bedford, losers of two straight, drops two spots. After getting shut out by D2 leader St. Thomas Aquinas earlier in the week, the Bulldogs were upset by Trinity, 5-4, on Saturday. They finish the season at home with games Thursday against Hanover and Saturday against Central/West.
No. 5 Trinity is on a closing roll, having gone 6-1-1 in its last eight games. Saturday’s 5-4-OT upset of Bedford was the second Top 5 win of the season for the Pioneers, who also defeated Windham earlier in the week. They finish up Wednesday at Nashua South/Pelham and Saturday at Exeter, a game crucial to post-season seeding. The Blue Hawks have won 8-of-10.