New Hampshire HS Hockey – Final Division 2 Top 8: Perfect Season For St. Thomas Aquinas

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New Hampshire Boys D2 Top 8

RankTeam*PRWLT
1St. Thomas Aquinas12300
2Oyster River21640
3Portsmouth/Newmarket61461
4Dover31171
5Somersworth/Coe-Brown41180
6Merrimack59100
7Goffstown8991
8Winnacunnet78100
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It was quite the season for St. Thomas Aquinas. The Saints started strong, kept rolling and culminated a perfect season with the NHIAA Division 2 state championship.

#1 St. Thomas Aquinas (23-0-0 Overall) is the obvious choice as the top team. The Saints went wire-to-wire run as the top team in the HNIB News New Hampshire Division 2 Top 8. They end the season as undefeated Division 2 Champions with convincing 7-1 win in the finals over Portsmouth-Newmarket.

#2 Oyster River (16-4-0) – The Bobcats finish in the second spot in our rankings despite being upset in the semifinals. Oyster River beat Spaulding (5-2) and D1 Bishop Brady (7-1) to end their regular season. They shutout Merrimack 4-0 in the quarterfinals but eventually fell to Portsmouth-Newmarket in the semifinals, 5-4.

#3 Portsmouth-Newmarket (14-6-1) – The Clippermules finished their upstart regular season with big wins over Winnacunnet (5-0) and Somersworth/Coe-Brown (6-5) in the regular season and Goffstown (3-2) in the quarterfinals. They upset Oyster River, 5-4 in the semifinals but fell the Saints in the finals.

#4 Dover (11-7-1) Dover took Timberlane in their regular season finale and set up a highly anticipated matchup with Somersworth-Coe Brown in the quarterfinals. Dover ended up losing a 2-1 heartbreaker in overtime but hang on to the fourth spot in our rankings.

#5 Somersworth/Coe Brown (11-8-0) The Bearcats take the fifth spot after losing their last three regular season games. They pulled off a 2-1 win in an overtime classic against Dover in the quarterfinals but a rough third period vs the Saints in the semifinals ended their run with a 6-2 loss.

#6 Merrimack (9-10-0) – Merrimack closes at sixth in our rankings after falling to D1 Keene 6-5 in their last regular season game and coming up short against Oyster River in the quarterfinals, 4-0.

#7 Goffstown (9-9-1) – Goffstown drops to seventh in our final rankings after dropping six of their last seven games including five pivotal division two matchups. A quarterfinal 3-2 loss to Portsmouth ended their season.

#8 Winnacunnet (8-10-0) – Two tough losses to end the season to Portsmouth/Newmarket and D1 Nashua North kept the Warriors out of the playoffs and in the eighth spot in the final rankings.

** Story by Brett Ricci

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