New Hampshire HS Hockey – Division 1 Top 10: Windham Climbs To #2; Bedford Edges Bishop Guertin

Brett Ricci
Brett Ricci
Brett Ricci joined HNIB in 2021 covering all high school hockey in the state of New Hampshire. Brett has been involved with hockey for over thirty years between playing, coaching, and writing. He spent time as a writer for Tavern Player Magazine as well as a online content provider for various sports teams and organizations. He resides on the seacoast area of New Hampshire with his wife and son and spends most of the winter months frequenting as many games as possible.

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No. 1 Concord has outscored its opponents 19-3 over the last four games including two shutouts and that locks them in the top spot with a week to go in the regular season.  The Tide beat Exeter 3-1 and they’ll be busy this week with three games, on the road vs Bishop Guertin, home vs Keene and they wrap it up at Hanover.  Concord is currently first in NHIAA Division 1 and should have the top seed wrapped up.

Coming off a strong three-win week is No. 2 Windham. They beat Trinity 5-4 at home and followed that up with a 4-2 win over Salem at home.  They went east to play D2 leader St Thomas and escaped with a 3-2 overtime win.  The Jaguars have a chance to hold on to the second spot with two home games left against Nashua North and Pinkerton.  Windham is currently second in NHIAA Division 1.

Dropping one spot is No. 3 Bishop Guertin. After defeating the Manchester Co-op 7-2, they fell to a hot Bedford team, 2-1. The Bedford loss was their second loss in three games and some big challenges lie ahead in the final week.  They take on Concord at home before heading to Salem and finishing up with Exeter at home.  Bishop Guertin is currently third in NHIAA Division 1.

No. 4 Bedford looks like they’ve started playing some of their best hockey at the right time.  Winners of five straight, the Bulldogs completed a big three-win week which started off with a 5-0 win over Bishop Brady.  They returned home to knock off Salem 4-3 and had that huge 2-1 win over Bishop Guertin.  They will travel to Exeter and Keene in their last two regular season affairs. Bedford is currently fourth in NHIAA Division 1.

No. 5 Trinity’s five game unbeaten streak came to end after losing the 5-4 decision to a strong Windham team on the road.  They have a busy three-game week to finish up their regular season and still could secure a spot in the top five which would mean no prelim round game and straight to quarterfinals.  They head to Hanover before coming home for a date with Bishop Brady and closing on the road with Nashua North.  Trinity is currently fifth is NHIAA Division 1.

No. 6 Exeter dropped a close decision to Concord, 3-1 and then went on the road and took care of business against D2 St Thomas, 5-2. They’ve got two battles ahead of them, however. They host Bedford before closing it out at Bishop Guertin.  Exeter is currently seventh in NHIAA Division 1.

No. 7 Keene won two games this week that they needed to and that puts them right in the thick of it for playoff seeding.  A 3-1 win over Pinkerton and a 5-3 win over Hanover were just what the doctor ordered for the Black Birds.  They travel to Concord this week before heading home to close the regular season out against Bedford.  Going to be a tough two-game stretch. Keene is currently sixth is NHIAA Division 1.

No. 8 Londonderry made quick work of Bishop Brady, 9-2 in their only game of the week. They face off against a couple of teams that have struggled at times this season so they are in control of their own destiny.  They head to Nashua to take on the Nashua South-Pelham team before concluding their regular season at home against the Manchester Co-op.  Londonderry is currently ninth is NHIAA Division 1.

We knew No. 9 Salem had a tough schedule but the Blue Devils made things interesting. Despite losing both games, they stayed competitive with two strong teams, losing 4-3 to Bedford and 4-2 to Windham.  Unfortunately for Salem, they’re currently on the outside looking in for the last playoff spot.  The Blue Devils get Bishop Guertin at home and finish the regular season on the road against a Bow team that is in a must-win spot.  Salem is currently twelfth in NHIAA Division 1.

No. 10 Hanover will have their hands full with a difficult three-game week as they try to hold onto a playoff spot. Currently Hanover’s record sits at 7-8 and they occupy the last playoff spot (11 teams make the big dance).  They went 1-1 this past week with a 6-3 win over Nashua North-Souhegan but dropped a pivotal game to Keene, 5-3.  Trinity comes to town followed by a road game against  Pinkerton and then the Bears host Concord in the last game.  Hanover is currently eleventh in NHIAA Division1.

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