New Hampshire Boys D2 Top 10
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Top to bottom there was a whole lotta’ shakin’ going on in this week’s HNIB News New Hampshire D2 Top 10– not a single team stayed in place.
No. 1 St. Thomas Aquinas supplants Dover at the top following a week in which the Saints handled Keene on Wednesday and then planted No. 9 Kingswood on Saturday, 6-0. STA – which leads the division in differential (+40) and fewest goals allowed (17) – now has a full week to prep for Saturday night’s visit by No. 6 Merrimack.
No. 2 Dover drops one spot after that loss to Keene. The Green Wave scored a tidy mid-week 4-1 decision of Timberlane. Dover visits streaking No. 7 Oyster River, winners of five straight, Wednesday night and closes the week Saturday at home against No. 10 Lebanon/Stevens/Mount Royal.
Somehow No. 3 Goffstown seems to be operating under the radar. The Grizzlies came out of a nine-day break to top Portsmouth/Newmarket on Friday, 5-2, and Spaulding on Saturday, 5-1. They share the league lead for goals scored (57) with STA. They face off against Kingswood Wednesday at home then visit D1 Windham Saturday.
No. 4 Portsmouth/Newmarket continues to employ an effective defense-first style. The C-Mules bracketed Friday’s loss to Goffstown with wins against Keene (2-0) on MLK Day and Timberlane (4-1) on Saturday. They’re at home this week against Somersworth/Coe-Brown and Oyster River on Wednesday and Saturday, respectively.
Despite its upset of Dover, No. 5 Keene still tumbles a couple of spots. That win salvaged what would have been an otherwise disastrous week that included losses to Portsmouth/Newmarket and STA. The Blackbirds head to Winnacunnet Saturday in their only game this week.