New Hampshire Boys Final D3 Top 6 Poll
Another of 2020’s declared co-champions, No. 1 Berlin/Gorham (14-2-1) swept through the post-season, highlighted by a 5-3 semifinal win agaginst a skilled Lebanon/Stevens/Mount Royal against which it went 1-2-1 in the regular season. A 6-2 quarterfinal win against Kearsarge/Plymouth and 5-1 title game decision of Hollis-Brookline/Derryfield bracketed that win against LSMR.
The Mountaineers 12th State title – nine as a D1 stand-alone powerhouse – came in their astonishing 33rd championship appearance. They have now won three of the last six D3 titles.
Conversely, No. 2 Hollis-Brookline/Derryfield (5-2-1) didn’t have much to show in terms of numbers of games played. But it sure was a memorable season in other ways as HBD played for the program’s first-ever championship, knocking off Pembroke/Campbell, 6-3, and Kennett, 1-0 (OT), to earn that chance.
Despite that loss to Berlin/Gorham, this remains a season of accomplishment for No. 3 Lebanon/Stevens/Mount Royal (9-4-1). Finishing 2-2-1 against Berlin/Gorham was no small feat and they also stepped up two divisions for a series split with D1 Keene.
No. 4 Kennett (8-3-1) – the division’s only stand-alone program – hit the tournament playing its best hockey and won six straight before that OT loss to HBD in the semifinals.
No. 5 Belmont/Gilford (7-8-1) overcame a 1-5-0 start to its season to reach the quarterfinals and finished 2-0-1 against D2 Kingswood.
It was also a short season for No. 6 Pembroke/Campbell (5-3-0), also a quarterfinalist. PAC’s only regular-season losses came against D1 Bow, 4-2 and 1-0.