New Hampshire D2 Poll
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No. 1 Windham is on the prowl in its final season before moving up to Division 1. The Jaguars have steamrolled their first four opponents by a combined 26-1 margin. They don’t face a fellow Top 5 team until Jan. 10.
No. 2 St. Thomas Aquinas opened with a 5-2 win against 2017 State finalist Keene and has been on top of its game under new coach Wayne Sheehan. A key clash against defending State champion Bow awaits on Jan. 2.
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No. 3 Dover opened with three straight wins, including a 5-2 decision of reigning Bow, but had its roll slowed by an upset loss to No. 8 Portsmouth/Newmarket. The Green Wave head to Conway during the holiday break for the Peter Hall Classic hosted by D3 Kennett.
No. 4 Keene rebounded from its opening loss to STA by handling Portsmouth/Newmarket before outgunning Bow, 6-2, in a rematch of last year’s championship game. The Blackbirds are at Dover on Jan. 3.
That No. 5 Bow dropped back-to-back games may not be surprising to some. The fact the Falcons were outscored by an 11-4 aggregate in those games may be. The Jan. 2 date with STA could be critical.
Of note: No. 9 Winnacunnet, 0-18-0 a year ago, won its first game since March of 2016 when it defeated Alvirne on Dec. 16, then followed that up with a 5-3 win against Spaulding.