New Hampshire HS Hockey – Division 2 Top 8: #1 Winnacunnet, #2 Merrimack Tangle Saturday; Lebanon Makes Appearance In Rankings

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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There’s lots of changes this week in the HNIB News New Hampshire Division 2 rankings, but the one team that isn’t worrying about any of that is No.1 Winnacunnet. When you string together five straight wins and are playing solid hockey, you don’t have to worry what the rest of the teams are doing.

No. 2 Merrimack hit a speed bump against D1 Nashua North-Souhegan but wins against Portsmouth-Newmarket and St Thomas provided the Tomahawks with some confidence as they head into their toughest stretch of the season. They’ll get Oyster River and Winnacunnet this week in what should be great games.

Continuing their ascent up the rankings is No. 3 Dover. They took down Somersworth/Coe Brown in their only game of the week and now turn to face a struggling Timberlane team and Goffstown. The rest of the division would be wise to keep an eye on the Green Wave.

Sometimes you get things wrong. Not only are they breaking into the rankings for the first time, but making an unexpectedly high debut is No. 4 Lebanon-Stevens-Mascoma. They can’t be overlooked anymore after rattling off five consecutive wins and improving to 7-3 overall after wins over Spaulding and Oyster River. Portsmouth-Newmarket is next up.

No. 5 Oyster River pulled off a great win over D1 Bedford but followed it up with a 4-3 loss to Lebanon. With Merrimack and Alvirne coming up this week, they’ll need to get back on track quick. They’ve got a team that can do it.

No. 6 Somersworth/Coe-Brown, having lost its only game of the week, 6-5 to Dover, could really use a win. They’ll have all week to game plan for Spaulding at the end of the week.

Make that two straight wins and four out of the last five for No. 7 Spaulding. They take on Goffstown mid-week and then battle Somersworth/Coe Brown for bragging rights to the Rochester Arena.

No. 8 Goffstown got past Portsmouth-Newmarket to improve to 4-3 overall. Two tough games with Spaulding and Dover are on the docket this week. Can the Grizzlies put it all together to nab a couple wins?

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