New Hampshire Division 1 Boys Top 10: #2 Salem Settles Into Primary Chase Position

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New Hampshire Boys D1 Top 10

RankTeam*PRWLT
1Concord11110
2Salem3913
3Trinity2923
4Bp. Guertin4940
5Exeter6822
6Bedford5831
7Hanover8740
8Pinkerton7760
9Windham9850
10Bow10660

It was a dark week for No. 1 Concord (11-1-0), in the midst of a massive hole in its schedule. The Crimson Tide hasn’t played since being shut out on Jan. 29 by Pinkerton, 3-0. They finally return to the ice Wednesday at home against Hanover and face off with city rival Bishop Brady on Saturday.

No. 2 Salem (9-1-3) owns the division’s best differential after Concord (+51, 69-18). The Blue Devils knocked off Nashua South/Pelham early in the week then completely shut down Hanover, 6-0, on the road Saturday. They travel to Nashua North/Souhegan Wednesday and take on an improved Bow squad Saturday.

No. 3 Trinity (9-2-1) bounced back from a 3-1 mid-week loss to Hanover by rolling past Manchester Central/West Saturday, 9-0. The Pioneers (+29, 51-22) are off until Saturday’s home date with Windham.

No. 4 Bishop Guertin (9-4-0) stays put. The Cardinals (+38, 58-20) dropped a 1-0 verdict to Malden Catholic (MA) before fighting past Pinkerton in OT, 2-1. They look to break out of a mini scoring slump – only three goals in their last three games – at home Wednesday against Bedford.

No. 5 Exeter (8-2-2) jumps up a notch on the strength of a three-win week. The Blue Hawks (+24, 53-29) upended Arlington Catholic (MA), 4-3, Londonderry, 5-1, and Bishop Brady, 8-0. They head to Londonderry Monday and host Bow Wednesday.

No. 6 Bedford (8-3-1) also had an empty week. The Bulldogs resume action Wednesday at Bishop Guertin.

No. 7 Hanover (7-4-0) split games against two of the top three teams, toppling Trinity but falling to Salem. The Marauders get a shot at Concord Wednesday and return home Saturday to take on Manchester Memorial.

No. 8 Pinkerton (7-6-0) dropped that OT decision to Bishop Guertin in its only game. The Astros visit Windham Wednesday.

No. 9 Windham (8-5-0) shut out Nashua North/Souhegan, 2-0, in its only game. The Jaguars are home to Pinkerton Wednesday and visit Trinity Saturday.

It’s been some time since No. 10 Bow (6-6-0) has been level at .500. The Falcons flew past Bishop Brady, 6-1, and Memorial, 4-2, and have a three-game winning streak. They’re on the road this week at Exeter on Wednesday and at Salem Saturday.

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