New Hampshire HS Hockey – Division 2 Top 8: #3 Goffstown Ties Up St. Thomas, Will Face #2 Winnacunnet Saturday

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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Holding on to No. 1 is St Thomas but the pack is closing quick.  The Saints buried Portsmouth, 8-1 and travelled to face Goffstown to end the week.  The Grizzlies gave them everything they could handle in a 5-5 tie.  St Thomas faces Dover, Keene and Timberlane in their busiest week of the season. 

No. 2 Winnacunnet just keeps winning. After an impressive 7-3 win over Dover they had a rematch with Somersworth/Coe-Brown and that ended with a 4-0 shutout to keep the Warriors undefeated.  They’ll welcome in Goffstown on Saturday in what is looking like a must-see matchup.

No. 3 Goffstown continues its climb in the rankings after improving to 4-1-1 overall.  They started their big week with a 2-0 shutout of Merrimack and followed that up with the hard-fought, 5-5 tie with the unbeaten St Thomas team.   They’ll be looking to hang the first “L” in Winnacunnet’s record this week.

Dropping one spot is No. 4 Dover. The Green Wave suffered a 7-3 defeat at the hands of Winnacunnet but returned home to stop Alvirne, 4-1.  Dover faces St Thomas in an MLK day matinee and then Merrimack to close the week.  To say this is a crucial week for the Wave is an understatement. 

No. 5 Oyster River cruised this week with a 3-0 win over Spaulding and an 8-1 win over Timberlane.  They’ll take on Somersworth/Coe-Brown on the rare Sunday afternoon game.

No 6. Somersworth/Coe-Brown had an “instant classic” victory in their 7-6 win over Alvirne. A late game, three goal comeback was capped with the wining goal being scored with .02 seconds left in regulation.  In their next game they fell to Winnacunnet in the rematch, 4-0.  A trip to big ice at the Whittemore Center in on tap for Sunday when they face Oyster River.

No. 7 Alvirne hangs on to their spot despite losses to Somersworth/Coe-Brown and Dover.  They take on Spaulding in their only game of the week.

No. 8 Merrimack was on the opposite sides of shutouts this week. They were shutout, 2-0 by Goffstown early in the week before travelling to shutout Portsmouth-Newmarket, 6-0.  Dover comes to town on Saturday in their only game of the week but it’s certainly a big one. 

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