New Hampshire HS Hockey – Division 2 Top 8: Merrimack Re-Takes #1; #3 Dover Has Won 4 In A Row

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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In a battle between the top two teams in D2, it was the new No. 1 Merrimack that came out on top, 5-2 over Winnacunnet. Couple that with a solid 4-1 win over Oyster River and that’s enough to push them back to the top spot in the rankings. Spaulding and Somersworth/Coe-Brown are on tap this week for the Tomahawks.

No. 2 Winnacunnet fell to Merrimack for only their second loss of the season. They’ve got two opportunities to get back on track this week when they take on a struggling Timberlane team and a scrappy Portsmouth-Newmarket team.

No. 3 Dover is starting to peak at the right time. Where have we seen this story before? That’s right, last year when they strung together 11 straight wins en route to the title. Something is brewing again with the Wave. They’ll take on Mon-Fall Mountain before a huge rematch against Oyster River to end the week.

No. 4 Lebanon-Stevens-Mascoma just keeps winning. They took down Portsmouth-Newmarket to log their sixth win in a row. They have a Monday game with St Thomas and then battle D3 Kearsarge-Plymouth. Can they keep it rolling?

No. 5 Oyster River dropped a 4-1 decision to Merrimack but came from behind to nab a 3-2 win over Alvirne-Milford. Sitting at 6-3-2 overall, the Bobcats have a three-game week ahead starting off against D1 Bishop Brady Co-Op. They follow that up with a gritty Goffstown team and a pivotal game with Dover to end the week.

No. 6 Somersworth/Coe-Brown knocked off their rink rival, Spaulding in close, 4-3 game. The Bearcats are looking to keep things rolling when they host St Thomas before heading to take on Merrimack in a crucial matchup.

Looking to turn things around this week will be No. 7 Spaulding. Having dropped two straight to Goffstown and Somersworth, the Red Raiders now sit at 5-5-2 with a couple teams nipping at their heels. Games against Merrimack and St Thomas make for a challenging week.

No. 8 Goffstown dropped a 4-3 decision to Dover but squeaked out a 4-3 win over Spaulding to start their week. This will be a big week for the Grizzlies with three games on the schedule. They have a couple winnable games against D1 Nashua South-Pelham and Mon-Fall Mountain/Conval with an Oyster River matchup looming in between. Alvirne-Milford will be watching.

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