New Hampshire HS Hockey – Division 2 Top 8: #3 Oyster River, #2 Winnacunnet Face Off Wednesday

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 Merrimack picked up two more solid victories with wins over Spaulding and Somersworth/Coe-Brown. They have a home and home with Goffstown this week with a game against Lebanon-Stevens-Mascoma in between.

No. 2 Winnacunnet won both of its games this week as well, outscoring their opponents 18-1. They’ll have a chance to pick up an extra point when they take on D1 Nashua North-Souhegan before taking on Oyster River in a pivotal matchup.

A three-win week bumps No. 3 Oyster River up in the rankings. The Bobcats rolled over the Bishop Brady Co-Op and then had back-to-back, 3-2 wins over Goffstown and Dover. They’ll travel to take on Winnacunnet before returning home to play Spaulding.

No. 4 Dover took care of Mon-Fall Mountain-Conval but dropped that 3-2 decision to Oyster River. They have a Monday game against Portsmouth before they start to prep for Lebanon-Stevens-Mascoma in a crucial matchup.

No. 5 Lebanon-Stevens-Mascoma fell to St Thomas, 3-2 in overtime but was able to get back on track with a 4-3 win over D3 Kearsarge-Plymouth. They’ll face one of their most challenging weeks with games against Merrimack and Dover coming up.

Moving up one spot is No. 6 Spaulding. They hung in there with Merrimack, losing 3-2 but were able to get a convincing win over St Thomas, 7-2. They’re in control of their own destiny and it’s starts with a game against Portsmouth followed by a battle with Oyster River.

No. 7 Somersworth/Coe-Brown dropped both of its games this week with a 4-3 loss to St Thomas in overtime and a 7-2 loss to Merrimack. They’ll get another crack at Merrimack this week followed by games against Timberlane and Alvirne-Milford.

No. 8 Goffstown won the games they had to this week when they beat Nashua South-Pelham and Mon-Fall Mountain-Conval. They lost a close one to Oyster River and are heading into a remarkably busy week. Four games ahead for the Grizzlies including a home and home with Merrimack and another couple games against Alvirne-Milford and Nashua North.

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