February 20, 2017

New England Prep Hockey Rankings

Rank Record The Skinny
Lawrence Academy
(3) LA gets a ton of offense from the Shea-Needham-Kent line, but they also get a huge offensive boost from the D, like Jack Cameron (20 pts.), Drew Bavaro (17 pts), Braden Doyle (17 pts) & Jamie Swiggett (14 pts). LA is 3-0-1 vs. teams in this poll, beating Thayer (2x), and beating and tying Belmont Hill. Last week: beat Gov's 5-1, beat St. Mark's 6-1, beat Brewster (1-0, by forfeit). This week: vs. St. Seb's (Wed.), vs. SPS (Sat.)
(1) Though kept off the board Friday, junior Jack Nisbet has been hot lately, with a 3-4-7 line in his previous 3 games. Dexter is 3-0-0 vs. teams in poll, with wins over Exeter, Thayer, and Rivers. Last week: beat Berwick 4-1, tied Winchendon 2-2. This week: @ Holderness (Wed.), vs. SPS (Fri.)
Kimball Union
(2) 11-game unbeaten streak (9-0-2) came to an end Sat. with a 3-2 loss to Cushing. All 4 of KUA's losses this season have been one-goal decisions. Very stingy: team GAA is 1.44. KUA is 3-0-0 vs. teams in this poll, having defeated Salisbury, Rivers and Exeter. Last week: beat Proctor 5-3, lost to Cushing 3-2. This week: Lakes Region Tournament (Fri.-Sat.)
(4) Senior D Michael Young has a 5-1-6 line over his last 3 games. Team GAA is 1.52 and junior Aidan Porter has been tough (.929). Rivers is 3-3-0 vs. teams in poll. They beat Thayer & Exeter, split with Bel Hill, and lost to KUA and Dexter. Last week: beat St. Mark's 5-1, beat Middlesex 4-0. This week: vs. Brooks (Wed.)
Belmont Hill
(5) Eight of last 10 games have been either ties or one-goal decisions. Have won 6 in a row. Christian O'Neill has been hot lately, with a 4-9-13 line over last 6 games. Team GPG is 3.07; GAA is 1.79. Are 2-3-1 vs. teams in poll, having split with both Rivers and Thayer, and lost to and tied LA. Last week: beat Milton 3-2 (OT), beat Nobles 4-3. This week: vs. SPS (Wed.)
(6) Junior Kyle Jadatz had a 7-game scoring streak (5-7-12) halted in 1-1 tie at Deerfield. Team has scored 5 or more goals 11 times this season. Exeter is 0-3 vs. teams in poll, having lost to Dexter, Rivers, and KUA. Last week: beat NMH 4-2, tied DA 1-1. This week: vs. Winchendon (Wed.), vs. Andover (Sat.)
(7) Have lost 3 of the last 5. Are 1-5 vs. teams in poll, with losses to Rivers, Dexter, LA (2x), and a split with Bel Hill. PP unit is the best in prep hockey, and the #1 concern for all opponents. Last week: beat Tabor 6-4, lost to Milton 4-1, beat SPS 4-3. This week: vs. Milton (Wed.), vs. St. Seb's (Fri.)
Avon Old Farms
(N/R) Only 3 times this season has Avon scored as many as 5 goals in a game, which they did Sat. vs. Salisbury. A young -- most key players are underclassmen -- and unpredictable team. At their best, can beat anyone. Are 2-0 vs. teams in poll, with wins over Salisbury & Gunnery. Team GPG is just 3.22 and team GAA is 2.30. Last week: lost to Choate 3-2, beat Salisbury 5-4, tied Pomfret 1-1. This week: @ Canterbury (Wed.), @ Loomis (Sat.)
(N/R) Like Avon, Salisbury relies a lot on underclassmen, primarily juniors, which bodes well for next season. Despite loss, showed heart coming back in 3rd period at Avon. Are 1-2 vs. teams in poll, beating Gunnery and losing to KUA and Avon. Senior Matt Holmes has 5 goals over the last 2 games. Last week: lost to Avon 5-4. This week: vs. Hotchkiss (Wed.), vs. Canterbury (Sat.)
Frederick Gunn School
(N/R) Young team with talent but also a lot of new faces to incorporate into the lineup, which they did successfully. The defending champs could be back in the Elite 8 upper reaches next season. Are 2-3-0 vs. teams in poll, having beat Exeter and Dexter, and lost to LA, Salisbury, and Avon. Last week: beat Canterbury 6-2, beat L'ville 11-1, beat Brunswick 5-1. This week: vs. Westy (Wed.), @ Berkshire (Sat.)
* 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.