New Hampshire Division 1 Boys Hockey – Final Top 10 Rankings: Mission Accomplished For State Champion Concord

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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3Bp. Guertin31230
6Bp. Brady6870
8Nashua North/Souhegan10550

No. 1 Concord (16-2-0) would not be denied. This season, in spite of a two-week COVID-related hiatus after playing just six games, the Crimson Tide’s sole goal was to accomplish what they couldn’t last year when the NHIAA cancelled Championship Weekend and declared them co-champions – to get the job done on the ice,

Focused and resolute in that mission, the Tide swamped four post-season opponents by a cumulative 25-3 count to claim the program’s 10th championship overall and eighth under coach Duncan Walsh. Scary thing? The vast majority of the Tide’s primary players are underclassmen who no doubt already have a three-peat on their mind.

No. 2 Salem (14-2-0) drew heavily on a talented senior group to carry it to the title game. The Blue Devils got jumped in the first period of that loss to Concord, but that didn’t diminish a season full of accomplishment. A fair number of underclassmen should return for coach Mark McGinn.

No. 3 Bishop Guertin (12-3-0) pressed its old rival Concord in a 4-1 semifinal loss after the teams hadn’t played during the regular season due to regional scheduling. The only other blemishes on the Cardinals’ record were a pair of one-goal losses to Salem three days apart in mid-February.

No. 4 Bedford (10-5-1) overcame a four-game losing streak in the middle of the season – including three straight to Exeter – to reach the semifinals where they stretched Salem to the limit in a 2-1 OT loss. The Bulldogs exacted a measure of revenge in the quarterfinals by eliminating Exeter.

No. 5 Exeter (12-4-0) won 10 of its first 11 but the Blue Hawks lost their momentum in consecutive losses to Concord and Bishop Guertin in the final week of the regular season. Then Bedford happened in the quarterfinals, bringing the year to what can only be characterized as a frustrating finish.

No. 6 Bishop Brady (8-7-0) raced out to a 6-2-0 start but slowed considerably in the back half of the season.

Due to regional scheduling, No. 7 Keene (6-5-0) only played three D1 opponents in its first year in the division.

No. 8 Nashua North/Souhegan (5-5-0) had a solid year, advancing to the quarterfinals.

No. 9 Pinkerton (4-6-0) and No. 10 Bow (4-8-0) also both reached the tournament quarterfinals.

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