New Hampshire Boys D1 Top 10
The crown was officially passed to the new No. 1 Bishop Guertin after the Cardinals won three playoff games, including the championship game in thrilling fashion over Bedford. An overtime penalty shot to win the Division 1 championship caps a memorable year for BG and their 14 seniors. This was their big shot and they pulled it off.
On the flip side of that coin is the heartbreaking way to lose a championship, on an overtime penalty shot. No. 2 Bedford battled all season long and even in the championship never surrendered, scoring with just over a minute left to force overtime. They upended Concord to get into the finals and these Dogs left it all out there. They’ll be back.
No. 3 Concord suffered only their fifth loss in four years but it came at a really bad time, in overtime of the semi-finals. They fell 3-2 to Bedford in what was the only playoff loss in four years for the Tide’s group of seniors. A tough way to go out but what a run it was.
No. 4 Windham entered the postseason as one of the teams to beat having won 14 of their last 15 games but they were upset in overtime by Londonderry in the quarterfinals, 2-1. Although it was not the way the Jags wanted to go out, they’re expecting a big returning group so they’ll be in the mix in the future.
Pulling off one of the biggest upsets in the playoffs was No. 5 Londonderry. Londonderry beat Hanover in the prelims and shocked Windham with a 2-1 overtime win in the quarterfinals. Their run would end there as they lost to Guertin in the semifinals 5-3 but they made some noise.
No. 6 Keene knocked off Exeter in the prelims but ran into Concord in the quarterfinals and the Tide ended their season, 4-1. The Blackbirds finished at 10-10 on the season after going 1-1 in the playoffs.
No. 7 Trinity entered the playoffs as the fifth seed but were one-and-done after falling to Bedford 4-3.
One of our preseason picks never really found its stride this year. No. 8 Exeter had a roller coaster of a season having had a five-game winning streak along with a five game winless streak during the year. In the prelim round they had home ice but Keene knocked them off and ended their season.
No. 9 Bow rebounded from their early season woes to make the playoffs but their magic ran out when they were shutout 3-0 by Pinkerton. After a 1-6 start, making the playoffs seemed out of reach but the resilient Falcons pressed on to make the dance. Quite the comeback despite the end result in the playoffs.
No. 10 Pinkerton ended Bow’s playoff run with a 3-0 shutout. In the quarterfinals they ran into a determined Bishop Guertin team and fell 6-0.