January 16, 2017

New England Prep Hockey Rankings

Rank Record The Skinny
1 ...9-1-0 (5) ...
2 ...17-3-0 (1) ...
7 Salisbury x-x-x(8) Looks to us like Salisbury is still seeking an identity. The consistency is not yet there. They are a little on the young side, too, with a crop of talented juniors. And injuries haven't helped. But don't underestimate them. They could go on a roll. Last week: beat Westminster 7-4. This week: vs. Choate (Mon.), vs. T-P (Wed.), vs. Kent (Sat.)
8 Belmont Hill x-x-x
9 Avon Old Farms x-x-x(7) Not a high-scoring team. Only once all season have the Winged Beavers scored as many as 5 goals in a game (a 5-0 early win over Cushing). They've been in a slew of close games since, and will likely continue to be. This amplifies the importance of grinding it out, and playing strong team D. Last week: beat Hotchkiss 4-2, tied Kent 2-2. This week: vs. NMH (Wed.), vs. Berkshire (Sat.)
10 Thayer x-x-x(6) Even though they split their last 2 games, they still allowed 5 goals in each of them. Not a good trend there. They've actually given up 5 goals in 5 different games this season -- to Rivers, St. Andrew's, Culver, Nobles, and LA. They are 1-4 in those games, which is no surprise. Last week: beat Nobles 9-5, lost to LA 5-0. This week: vs. Cushing (Wed.), @ Bel Hill (Fri.)
* Note: Only games between NEPSIHA Div. I schools -- the principal factor in determining seedings for the playoffs -- are included in the won-lost records above.