New Hampshire Boys D2 Top 8
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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.