New Hampshire HS Hockey – Division 2 Top 8: Winnacunnet Leapfrogs Merrimack To Assume #1 Spot After Solid Week

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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Taking over the top of the this week’s HNIB News New Hampshire Division 2 rankings is No. 1 Winnacunnet. This past week, they scorched Dover 6-1 and trounced Goffstown 7-2, The Warriors will look to keep things rolling when they host Nashua South-Pelham and Alvirne.

After suffering its first loss of the season, No. 2 Merrimack drops a spot in the rankings. Might have been the two-week layoff but they’ll have to crank things back up as they head into a three-game week with matches against, Nashua North, Portsmouth-Newmarket, and St Thomas.

No. 3 Oyster River escaped with a 5-5 tie against Somersworth/Coe-Brown in the Bobcats’ only action of the week. D1 Bedford will be a challenge for them mid-week before playing the enigmatic Lebanon-Stevens-Macoma team to close out the week.

Making the biggest jump this week is No. 4 Dover. They did have a big loss to Winncunnet but that was bookended by two big wins against St Thomas and then previously undefeated Merrimack. They’ll take on Somersworth/Coe-Brown in their only game of the week.

Winless in their last three games, No. 5 Somersworth/Coe-Brown is still playing tough. They did suffer a 5-1 defeat at the hands of Lebanon-Stevens but also skated to a 5-5 tie with the Bobcats of Oyster River. At the end of the week, they play Dover in a game that could go either way.

No. 6 Spaulding got past Alvirne, 5-4, in its only action of the week. The Red Raiders have a busy schedule ahead as they will battle Lebanon-Stevens-Mascoma, Kennett and Timberlane.

Dropping a few spots is No. 7 Goffstown. After dropping a 7-2 decision to Winnacunnet, the Grizzlies will try to get back on track with games against Nashua North and Portsmouth-Newmarket.

Also sliding a couple of spots is No. 8 Alvirne-Milford. They shutout Mon-Fall Mountain-Conval team but lost a 5-4 nailbiter to Spaulding.   They head to Winnacunnet in their only game of the week.

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