N.H. D2 Preseason Poll: Will this be Spaulding’s year?

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 D2 Poll

RankTeam2015 Final RankingWLT
1Spaulding22010
2Windham31460
3Dover11740
4Merrimack41450
5Keene71190
6Kingswood51172
7Bow61180
8Lebanon81272
9Winnacunnet109101
10Somersworth/Coe-BrownNR3150

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.

Brayden McGary Spaulding
Brayden McGary
Spaulding

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.

Kieran Lombard Dover
Kieran Lombard
Dover

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.

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