New Hampshire HS Hockey – Division 2 Top 8: #3 Merrimack Battles Hard In Loss To #1 St. Thomas

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 Saint Thomas improved to 3-0 after taking out Merrimack, 4-3.  Following a trip to Maine for a holiday tournament this week, the Saints face D1 Bishop Brady then look to host Oyster River in a game that’s always competitive.

Improving to 2-2 is No. 2 Dover.  The Green Wave shutout long-time rival, Spaulding, 7-0.  They’ll take on their second Division 1 opponent when they travel to Windham after the break.

No. 3 Merrimack gave St Thomas a fight but fell short 4-3.  The Tomahawks rebounded with an 8-1 win over Timberlane.  Eliot Medlock’s 8-point week must be encouraging for Merrimack.  They’ll travel to take on D1 Keene in the always rowdy Keene Ice Center.

With no games this past week, No. 4 Winnacunnet stays in the fourth spot.  Somersworth/Coe-Brown will be a test for the Warriors coming out of a long layoff.

No. 5 Oyster River took care of business with a 6-0 win over Portsmouth-Newmarket.  They’ll be looking ahead to a battle with top-seeded Saint Thomas when league games resume.

Two wins this past week for No. 6 Somersworth/Coe-Brown move them up a spot.  The Bearcats beat Spaulding 4-1 and had an impressive 5-2 win over Goffstown to close out the week.  They’ll be facing Winnacunnet next in what could be the most intriguing game of the week.

No. 7 Goffstown dips two spots after dropping a 5-2 game on the road to Somersworth/Coe-Brown.  Now sitting at 1-1, they’ll get Spaulding and Timberlane in the next two games.

Staying in this week’s rankings is No. 8 Alvirne.  Having had no games this past week their record sits at 1-1.  D1 Nashua South and Merrimack are the next two challenges for the Admirals. 

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