Monday, February 20, 2017

New Hampshire High School Rankings II- February Edition


With the New Hampshire High School Hockey season winding down, it's time to look at the rankings just prior to playoff seeding.  There have been some great storylines thus far, so the playoffs should be a great finish.

New Hampshire D1 Poll

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Bedford11401
2Concord21420
3Salem41132
4Bp. Guertin3942
5Londonderry51050
6Hanover71050
7Pinkerton61041
8Manchester Central8690
9Bp. Brady9491
10Exeter10412
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Marty Myers' Bedford Bulldogs are looking for the repeat and in a great position to do so. Collin Voloshin and Jay Roberto are leading the way for the Bulldogs.  Nipping at their heels, however, is Concord High, and they are paced by a terrific offense lead by two Seniors, Alex Marceau and Andrew Cole, who pace NH D1 in scoring.
Salem and Bishop Guertin are still in the hunt, with Londonderry and Hanover close behind.

Key Games this week are two President's Day matchups.  Pinkerton plays Bedford on 2/20 at 730pm and Bishop Guertin plays Londonderry on the same day at 830pm.

Here is a look at the Playoff Schedule in D1:
DIVISION I Prelims: Wed. 3/1/2017 Home of Higher Seed 6:00 p.m. Quarters: Sat. 3/4/2017 Home of Higher Seed 4:00 p.m. Semis: Wed. 3/8/2017 JFK Coliseum 5:30; 7:30 p.m. Final: Sat. 3/11/2017 SNHU Arena 4:30 p.m

New Hampshire D2 Poll

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Keene11400
2Bow21421
3Windham31141
4Dover4961
5Oyster River6761
6St. Thomas Aquinas8870
7Goffstown71060
8Spaulding5880
9Portsmouth/Newmarket9770
10Merrimack10671

Keene has been the story all year in D2.  For years they have been a second Tier team, but not this year.  Currently they stand undefeated and have scored over 100 goals thus far on the season and given up an astonishingly miniscule 16 goals against. Jason Langevin and Gaetano Delonge have been the top scorers for Keene all year.  Bow is right behind them however, and paced by Senior Forward Doug Champagne (4th in D2 scoring).  Windham and Dover are difficult opponents every night as well.
Leading D2 in scoring is Lebanon- Stevens' Nate Gariepy with 41 points in only 15 games.  Great job!

Here is how the NH D2 Playoff Schedule looks:
DIVISION II Prelims: Wed. 3/1/2017 Home of Higher Seed 6:00 p.m. Quarters: Sat. 3/4/2017 Home of Higher Seed 4:00 p.m. Semis: Wed. 3/8/2017 Rinks at Exeter 5:30; 7:30 p.m. Final: Sat. 3/11/2017 SNHU Arena 2:30 p.m

New Hampshire D3 Poll

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Belmont/Gilford11231
2Somersworth/Coe-Brown21231
3Berlin/Gorham31231
4Kennett41230
5John Stark/Hopkinton51041
6Kearsage/Plymouth7780
7Moultonborough/Inter-Lakes8880
8Pembroke/Campbell6880

The top teams in D3 have remained in a dog fight all year.  Belmont/ Gilford, Somersworth- Coe Brown, Berlin/ Gorham, Kennett and John Stark/ Hopkinton have taken their shots are beating one another all year and made it an interesting race.  Casey Pridham of Somersworth paces D3 in scoring with 44 points in 16 games.  Cam Cochran of Berlin, Jakob Arnold of Kearsarge/ Plymouth, and Harrison Parent of Belmont/ Gilford all have 30 plus points, and should be chasing Casey to the finish.

2 very important games this week for playoff seeding:
2/22 Somersworth- Coe Brown vs John Stark/ Hopkinton
2/22 Berlin/ Gorham vs Moultonborough Interlakes 615pm

Here is how the Schedule for NHIAA D3 looks:
DIVISION III Prelims: Wed. 3/1/2017 Home of Higher Seed 6:00 p.m. Quarters: Sat. 3/4/2017 Home of Higher Seed 4:00 p.m. Semis: Wed. 3/8/2017 Plymouth State University 5:30; 7:30 p.m. Final: Sat. 3/11/2017 SNHU Arena 12:15 p.m.

Photo of NHIAA D3 leader Belmont/ Gilford in recent action.

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