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New Hampshire Division 3 Boys Hockey – Final Top 6: #1 Berlin/Gorham Earned Its 12th Overall Crown

New Hampshire Boys Final D3 Top 6 Poll

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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.

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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