New Hampshire HS Hockey: Boys Division 2 Pre-Season Top 8: St. Thomas Aquinas The Choice

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New Hampshire Boys D2 Top 8

RankTeam*PRWLT
1St. Thomas Aquinas 1200
2Oyster River3300
3Somersworth/Coe-Brown2200
4Alvirne/Milford4000
5Portsmouth/NewmarketNR210
6Dover6220
7Goffstown7010
8Merrimack8010
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The division’s coaches have spoken and overwhelmingly agree that St,Thomas Aquinas begins the season as the unquestioned favorite.

It’s a hard observation to dispute: No. 1 St. Thomas Aquinas (9-4-0) may only have one senior but didn’t graduate a single player from last season. Fifteen juniors return.

No. 2 Somersworth/Coe-Brown (10-5-1) is in equally good shape. Only two players graduated and every underclassman returns from last year’s State finalist.

No. 3 Oyster River (11-3-0) returns a talented core group, starting with two-time All-State First Team selection goalie Claden Daubney

No. 4 Alvirne/Milford must mesh an experienced core group a large influx of freshmen and sophomores to succeed.

Taking a chance here on No. 5 Spaulding (0-10-0), where 19 freshmen and sophomores must lead the way.

No. 6 Dover (14-1-0) graduated 10 and a lot of offense from last year’s State Championship club.

No, 7 Goffstown (6-8-0) will need its newcomers to adjust to the speed of the game on the fly.

No. 8 Merrimack (8-5-0) will lean on a small core group of returnees.

The season kicked off Monday evening with Kingswood visiting reigning State Champion Dover.

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