New Hampshire HS Hockey – Division 2 Top 8: #1 Oyster River Peaking At Right Time

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 Oyster River is peaking at the right time. Having won eight in a row, including a shutout over Portsmouth-Newmarket and a 3-1 win over Lebanon-Stevens-Mascoma, The Bobcats are in prime position to make a deep March run that starts with a matchup against Goffstown.

Coming off back-back wins over St Thomas and Spaulding, No. 2 Winnacunnet now turns to postseason play. They enter the tournament as the three seed and will host a home playoff game against Alvirne-Milford. The time is now for the Warriors with a senior heavy team.

No. 3 Merrimack won their final two games to clinch the top spot in the division. They’ve got a lot to prove and will get a chance to rest as they await the winner of the play-in game between Spaulding and Somersworth/Coe-Brown.

No. 4 Lebanon-Stevens-Mascoma arrived back on the Division 2 scene this season and has made their presence felt finishing with an impressive 12-6 record. They’ll face Dover in a rematch of the game ten days ago that saw Lebanon skate away with an overtime win.

Experience always counts in the playoffs and No. 5 Dover certainly has plenty. The Green Wave will be headed to Lebanon-Stevens-Mascoma in what should be a very tight matchup.

No. 6 Alvirne-Milford has gone an impressive 4-1-1 down the stretch, winning some crucial games to jockey for position. The Admirals are looking to take that next step by advancing in the playoffs but a deep Winnacunnet team stands in the way.

No. 7 Spaulding is back in the playoffs after a handful of lean years. With only two wins in their last eight games, the Red Raiders will have to stay focused and get back on track if they want to advance. They have a play-in game vs Somersworth/Coe-Brown. Win and they are in.

No. 8 Goffstown was a .500 team down the stretch of the last six games, going 2-2-2 and putting together an impressive 9-7-2 record overall. The Grizzlies won their final two games of the regular season and now turn their attention to a strong Oyster River team.

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