New Hampshire HS Hockey – Division 2 Top 8: Oyster River Vaults To The Peak Of The Mountain

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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Unbeaten in the month of February is new No. 1 Oyster River which has now strung together six consecutive wins including a shutout of Winnacunnet and 2-1 victory over Spaulding. They get Portsmouth-Newmarket and finish up with Lebanon-Stevens-Mascoma in a pivotal matchup.

No. 2 Winnacunnet has lost two straight and three out of the last five but still can boast one of the deeper lineups in the division. They lost to D1 Nashua North and Oyster River so they’ll be eager to get back on track when they face St Thomas and Spaulding.

After losing one of the top talents in the division and their main cog on offense, No. 3 Merrimack will need to dig deep to fill that void. In their first test with a new lineup, they tied Goffstown 2-2. They’ll take on Timberlane and conclude with a road game at Alvirne-Milford.

No. 4 Lebanon-Stevens-Mascoma dropped a 3-1 game to Merrimack but pulled off a big win over Dover in overtime. With all the teams jockeying for position, Lebanon-Stevens-Mascoma is in a good spot. They face Timberlane and Mon-Fall Mountain-Conval before wrapping up against Oyster River.

No. 5 Dover took care of Portsmouth but dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to Lebanon-Stevens-Mascoma. With one of the top lines in the state, the Green Wave has the potential to make a deep run. They’ll face rival Spaulding in their final game before the post-season.

No. 6 Alvirne-Milford has been quietly creeping up the rankings and the Admirals are now unbeaten in their last five games. They tied Goffstown 2-2 and got by Somersworth/Coe-Brown 2-1. They’ve had their final game of the year, a home game against Merrimack, circled on their calendar for a while.

No. 7 Spaulding skated past Portsmouth-Newmarket in convincing fashion but was edged out, 2-1 by Oyster River. They’ve got the toughest two game slate of the week as they take on Dover and Winnacunnet. 

The week didn’t go exactly as No. 8 Goffstown hoped but it wasn’t all bad. They lost to Merrimack and Nashua North and came away with ties with Alvirne-Milford and Merrimack in the rematch. They take on Somersworth/Coe-Brown in a crucial matchup for seeding before finishing with Timberlane.

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