New Hampshire Boys D2 Top 8
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No. 1 St Thomas suffered its first losing streak since February of 2021 after dropping back-to-back games against tough Division 1 opponents. A 5-2 loss to Exeter and a 3-2 overtime loss to Windham have the Saints in unfamiliar territory. They will look to get back on track in their final two games of the season, both on the road when they take on Winnacunnet and Oyster River. St Thomas is currently first in NHIAA Division 2.
The hottest team in Division two is undoubtedly the No. 2 Dover Green Wave. They stymied Somersworth/Coe-Brown 3-1 and followed that up with a 5-1 win against an overmatched Winnacunnet team. With only one game left on their schedule, at Spaulding, the Tsunami could go 7-0 for February and are shaping up to be a major player come March. Dover is currently third in NHIAA Division 2.
No. 3 Goffstown had a huge week going 2-0 and they moved up three spots in the HNIB News rankings this week. A 4-3 win over Alvirne and 2-1 win over Merrimack has placed the Grizzlies right in the mix in Division 2. A very hungry Somersworth/CB team comes to town so they’ll need to be ready before closing out their regular season against a winless Timberlane team. Goffstown is currently fourth in NHIAA Division 2.
No. 4 Merrimack only had one game this past week and they fell 2-1 to Goffstown. They take on a struggling Timberlane team and host Alvirne-Milford to wrap up their regular season. Merrimack is currently sixth in NHIAA Division 2.
No. 5 Oyster River shut down Winnacunnet 4-1 before heading on the road and narrowly getting by Spaulding 2-1 in overtime. They take on Portsmouth-Newmarket before facing St Thomas in a huge matchup to close out the regular season. Oyster River is currently second in NHIAA Division 2.
Losing three straight games has No. 6 Winnacunnet on the ropes a bit. It was a tough week for the Warriors dropping all three games. First they fell 7-6 in overtime to D1 Nashua North-Souhegan and then it was a 4-1 loss to Oyster River and a 5-1 loss to Dover. With the division leading Saints coming to town on Wednesday it won’t get any easier. They finish their regular season at home against Spaulding. Winnacunnet is currently fifth in NHIAA Division 2.
The No. 7 Somersworth/Coe-Brown Bearcats dropped a crucial game to Dover, 3-1 to start the week. They were able to rediscover their winning ways however. They toppled Timberlane 9-1 and that set up the biggest game of the year for both Somersworth/Coe-Brown and Alvirne-Milford on Saturday night. Somersworth/CB came away with the 5-1 win and the upper hand on the last playoff spot for D2. They get Spaulding and Goffstown in their final two games and they need at least one to get in. Somersworth/Coe-Brown is currently seventh in NHIAA Division 2.
No. 8 Alvirne suffered a couple of losses this past week that could prove quite costly. Goffstown knocked them off 4-3 and Somersworth/CB beat them in a must-win game, 5-1. The Admirals have a tough but doable task ahead when they travel to Merrimack to play the Tomahawks in their last game of the season. Alvirne topped Merrimack 3-1 earlier in the season. With a scheduling snafu limiting them, (Alvirne was the only team with 17 games while the rest had 18) They’ll need to take out Merrimack and have some luck to get in the last spot. Alvirne-Milford is currently eighth in NHIAA Division 2.