New Hampshire D1 Poll
|Rank||Team||[tooltip text="PR*" gravity="ne"]Previous Ranking[/tooltip]||W||L||T|
|8||St. Thomas Aquinas||8||5||4||1|
Identifying the division’s top three teams — Bishop Guertin, Concord and Bedford — has been pretty straightforward this winter. It’s the rest of the division that continues to confound with significant shifting from week to week.
Returning to action after a week off, No. 1 Bishop Guertin fought off a major push by an unranked Alvirne/Pelham squad scrambling to move into the post-season structure. The Cardinals prevailed, 5-4, on Mike Barrett’s game-winner in the final two minutes. Now Guertin (11-2 overall) has another week off before facing No. 6 Trinity this coming Saturday.
No. 2 Concord continues to excel defensively and shares the D1 lead for fewest goals allowed (6) with No. 3 Bedford. The Crimson Tide shut down No. 9 Exeter, 4-0, in its only game of the week as it unleashed 43 shots on goal. Concord has a mid-week visit to Londonderry in advance of Saturday’s home game against Bedford.
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs had a full dance card this week, handling both Londonderry (4-1) and No. 10 Salem (7-2). Bedford shares the division lead for most goals scored (55) with Guertin and owns the best differential (plus-49). Pinkerton visits on Wednesday before Saturday’s trek to Concord.
Streaky No. 4 Manchester Memorial bounces up three spots this week after after solid wins against No. 8 St. Thomas Aquinas, 5-1, and No. 5 Bishop Brady, 5-0. Memorial, off until Saturday at Pinkerton, is but one of a handful of teams in the mix to secure a Top Four finish and first-round State Tournament bye.
Meanwhile, Brady looks to regain the form that produced mid-week wins against D2 stalwart Windham and Pinkerton before getting shut down by Memorial. Brady squares off with D2 power Bow and St. Thomas Aquinas this week.
(Note: poll records include NH league games only)