New Hampshire D2 Poll
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No clear favorite emerged from our informal pre-season Coaches Poll, meaning that a multitude of close games will likely be the norm this winter. Several teams have the makings to play deep into March.
That said, 2015 finalist No. 1 Spaulding gets the nod out of the gate. The Raiders are experienced at every position, most notably in goal with juniors Brayden McGary and Ben Toussaint.
No. 2 Windham has all but three players back from last year’s club that opened its first standalone campaign with a 10-game winning streak. Junior goalie Christian Bassi will look to duplicate an outstanding sophomore year.
Offense won’t be an issue for No. 3 Dover, the defending State Champion, led by senior Kieran Lombard. The Green Wave must replace graduated All-State goalie Luc Ravenelle along with their top four defensemen.
No. 4 Merrimack welcomes back a large group from the club that took Dover to OT in last year’s semifinals.
No. 5 Keene boasts a number of talented three-year juniors. This could be a breakout year for the Blackbirds, who move to their new home, the Keene Ice Center.
No. 6 Kingswood returned to prominence last season and will look to take the next step under second-year coach Mike Potenza.
No. 7 Bow dressed a dozen freshmen and sophomores on last year’s tourney team and should not be overlooked while No. 8 Lebanon is as deep as any team in the division at forward with 10 returnees. No. 9 Winnacunnet projects strength in goal and on the blue line while No. 10 Somersworth/Coe-Brown returns its top 10 forwards and defensemen and could be the sleeper of the bunch.