New Hampshire HS Hockey – Division 2 Top 8: Undefeated Winnacunnet Rises To #2

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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New Hampshire Boys D2 Top 8

1St. Thomas Aquinas1500
5Oyster River5220
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(NOTE: Records do not include Holiday Tournament game action)

No. 1 Saint Thomas defeated Division 1 Bishop Brady 13-1 and then doubled up Oyster River by a score of 6-3.  The Saints will take on Portsmouth-Newmarket in a rematch of the Finals matchup from last season and they’ll travel to play Goffstown later in the week.

Moving up the rankings and turning some heads is undefeated No. 2 Winnacunnet. They moved to 4-0 on the season after hanging on to beat Somersworth/Coe-Brown 4-3 in overtime and squeaking by Spaulding 5-4.  It’s sure to be a challenging week ahead for the Warriors as they will face Dover and travel for a Somersworth/Coe-Brown rematch. 

No. 3 Dover drops a spot in this week’s rankings in large part to the 8-2 defeat they suffered at the hands of Division 1 Windham.  The Green Wave rebounded with a 10-4 win versus an overmatched Portsmouth-Newmarket team.  All eyes will be on Dover this week with the mid-week matchup with Winnacunnet and a scrappy Alvirne team to close out the weekend.

They may have lost the game to Winnacunnet but No. 4 Somersworth/Coe-Brown’s resiliency bumps them up a spot.  They trailed Winnacunnet late in the third period and battled back to force overtime.  They look to be picking up some momentum.

No. 5 Oyster River stays locked in the fifth spot in the rankings despite a 6-3 loss to St Thomas.  They’ll look to get right with games against Spaulding and Timberlane this week.

No. 6 Goffstown managed two wins this week including a 3-2 overtime win vs Spaulding and a 6-2-win vs Timberlane.  Two games this week will test their mettle…Merrimack and Saint Thomas.

In one of their biggest wins in team history, No. 7 Alvirne-Milford Admirals knocked off Merrimack 3-1.  Earlier in the week they lost 1-0 to Division 1 Nashua South but we said it to begin the season…this team will catch some teams off-guard.  They did.

Having the biggest drop-off 8 this week is No. 8 Merrimack. The Tomahawks fell to Keene 6-4 and then got upended by Alvirne-Milford, 3-1.  They’ll be looking to get back on track when they take on Goffstown and Portsmouth-Newmarket this week.

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  1. I know you will update this week, but as a Goffstown parent, I know these kids peak at your polls. They were 3-1 going into Merrimack yesterday, not 3-2. You will see they beat Merrimack 2-0 and are now 4-1

    • Please take another read as the 3-2 reference was to the score of Spaulding game, not team record. Also, it’s “peek” not “peak”.


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