New Hampshire Division 2 Top 8: Oyster River Shocks Defending Champion STA

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 Boys D2 Top 8

RankTeam[tooltip text="PR*" gravity="ne"]Previous Ranking[/tooltip]WLT
1Dover3300
2GoffstownNR300
3Oyster River7110
4Keene2101
5St. Thomas Aquinas1011
6Somersworth/Coe-Brown6200
7Kingswood4110
8Merrimack5010

Parity, it seems, is rampant across the division’s top teams. Only one remains slotted where it was in our pre-season HNIB News New Hampshire Division 2 rankings.

No. 1 Dover (3-0-0) dashed to the head of the pack in impressive fashion, racking up a plus-11 differential (15-4). The Green Wave washed away Kingswood (5-2), Winnacunnet (3-1) and Portsmouth/Newmarket (7-1) in a span of six days.

Unranked in the pre-season, No. 2 Goffstown (3-0-0) has declared itself ready to rock and roll. After one-goal wins against Oyster River (3-2) and Merrimack (4-3), the Grizzies chewed up Winnacunnet Saturday night, 7-3. Three goalies – Jake Webber, Madeline Sage and James Amorelli – have a win apiece.

Speaking of statements, there has been none louder in recent memory than the 8-1 shellacking No. 3 Oyster River (1-1-0) laid on defending State Champion St. Thomas Aquinas Saturday night. The Bobcats, who played well in their opening loss to Goffstown, jumped STA with three goals in the first seven minutes and never let up.

After playing STA to a 2-all tie in its season opener, No. 4 Keene (1-0-1) rolled past Spaulding on Saturday, 8-1.

No. 5 STA (0-1-1) is still looking for its first win. The Saints have no time to feel poorly – they get right back at it Monday afternoon when they take on Spaulding.

No. 6 Somersworth/Coe-Brown (2-0-0) is looking to build off wins against Spalding and Lebanon-Stevens/Mount Royal.

No. 7 Kingswood (1-1-0) rebounded from its opening loss to Dover by handling Spaulding 5-1.

No. 8 Merrimack (0-1-0) doesn’t hit the ice for league action again until Dec. 30 against Winnacunnet.

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