New Hampshire HS Hockey – Division 2 Top 8: St. Thomas Survives Merrimack Challenge; Winnacunnet Loses First

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 St Thomas battled back from an early deficit to win in overtime, 6-5, vs Merrimack in the Saints third overtime game of the season to remain unbeaten. They play Alvirne-Milford on Wednesday on the road before a week layoff.

No. 2 Winnacunnet suffered its first loss this season, falling 3-1 to Alvirne-Milford on the road.  After winning the first six games and going winless in the last two, they’ll be looking to get back on track in a tough three-game week. Road games with Goffstown and Nashua South -Pelham and then a home date with Merrimack could be challenging.

Moving up one spot is No. 3 Oyster River.  A decisive 5-1 win over Alvirne-Milford and a close defeat to Division 1 Bedford were enough to make some waves in the division.  They’ll be travelling to play Merrimack and Alvirne-Milford this week. They’ll need two wins to stay ahead of the pack.

Winning a hard-fought 5-4 game over their rivals was No. 4 Dover.  They took out Somersworth/Coe-Brown in a back-and-forth affair and that moves them up a couple spots.  A winnable game vs Timberlane is coming up followed by a date with Goffstown to end the week. 

No. 5 Somersworth/Coe-Brown dropped a 5-4 decision to Dover and lands them at an even 5-5 record on the season.  Portsmouth-Newmarket and Spaulding are up next for the Bearcats.

After a 4-1 start to the season, The No. 6 Goffstown Grizzlies have now gone winless in their last four games (0-2-2).  A 6-4 loss to Division 1 Nashua North-Souhegan and a 2-1 loss to Portsmouth-Newmarket have the Grizzlies reeling a bit.  They’ll face Winnacunnet and Spaulding at home and then head east to take on Dover to close the week.

No. 7 Merrimack fell one game under .500 after dropping the 6-5 overtime game to St Thomas.  A tough three game week is on tap for the Tomahawks.  They’ll host Nashua North – Souhegan and Oyster River and then take on Winnacunnet on the road.  This is a pivotal week for Merrimack.

No. 8 Alvirne-Milford continued their hot and cold play this past week.  They fell flat in a 5-1 loss to Oyster River but stormed back to hang the first loss on Winnacunnet in a 3-1 win.  In two home games this week they’ll face St Thomas and they get a rematch with Oyster River.  Two huge tests for the Admirals. 

** Featured image courtesy of Orlando Ricci

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