New Hampshire HS Hockey – Final Regular Season Division 3 Top 6: Dominant Belmont-Gilford Eyes Title Run

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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After outscoring their opponents 18-1 in their last three games, No. 1 Belmont-Gilford is locked in the top spot in both the HNIB News Division 3 rankings as well as the NHIAA Division 3 standings.  They shutout Kearsarge-Plymouth to finish the regular season. They secured the # 1 seed and advance straight to the Semi-final round after a ten-day hiatus.

No. 2 Pembroke-Campbell won their last two games and more impressively won twelve of their last thirteen games overall.  In their final two games they shutout Sanborn-Epping 4-0 and knocked off Hollis Brookline-Derryfield 3-2.  After going 14-4 on the season, they are rewarded with a home game in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

Also finishing the season hot is No. 3 Berlin-Gorham.  A 5-4 win at John Stark-Hopkinton-Hillsboro-Deering and a 4-2 win over Kearsarge-Plymouth were enough to earn the Mountaineers a home playoff game.  They’ll play at home on Saturday in the quarterfinal round.

Losing the last two games of the regular season isn’t exactly the way No.4 Hollis Brookline-Derryfield had it written up but they should be happy with their strong season, going 12-6 overall.  HBD dropped a 2-1 decision to Kennett and fell 3-2 to Pembroke-Campbell to close things out. They’ll host a home quarterfinal matchup on Saturday.

No. 5 Kingswood defeated Lebanon-Stevens-Mt Royal 7-0 at home and then went on the road to topple John Stark/H/H/D 11-3.  They’ll be heading on the road for their quarterfinal matchup on Saturday.

No. 6 Kennett had a rough start to the month of February going 0-4-1 in their first five game of the month but they managed to turn it around and close out February going 3-0.  They doubled up Hollis Brookline-Derryfield 2-1 and beat Laconia-Winnisquam-Interlakes 9-3. Their next game is a quarterfinal matchup on the road on Saturday.

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