February 19, 2018

New England Prep Hockey Rankings

Rank Record The Skinny
1 ...21-1-1 (1) ...
2 ...25-1-2 (2) ...
7 Thayer x-x-x(10) The Tigers are hot, and could be a handful if they make the Elite 8. How hot are they? They are on a 9-game win streak and have scored 5 or more goals in 7 straight games. Jay O'Brien is hot. He has 3 or more points in each of his last 9 games (16-19-35). That is one less point than he had in his first 16 games. Goaltending has also been a key to this resurgence, with sophomore Gavin Fitzpatrick taking most of the starts. Against the Top 10, they are 2-5-0 (beat Cushing and Milton, lost to Dexter 2x, Exeter, NMH, and Cushing). LAST WEEK: Beat SPS 12-0, beat Milton 6-3, beat Tabor 8-3. THIS WEEK: vs. Milton (Wed.), @ St. Seb's (Fri.)
8 Northfield Mt. Hermon x-x-x
9 Cushing x-x-x(8) 4-7-1 vs. Top 10 (beat Exeter, split with LA, NMH, and Dexter; lost to Salisbury, Thayer, and KUA 2x). Vilho Saariluoma (11-10-21 over last 9) and his centerman, Matt Guerra (5-16-21 over last 9) are lighting it up. A big week could put Cushing in the Elite 8. LAST WEEK: Beat Andover 9-5, lost to KUA 4-1. THIS WEEK: vs. New Hampton (Wed.), @ St. Mark's (Fri.), vs. Gov's (Sat.)
10 Lawrence Academy x-x-x(N/R) 10-2-0 over last 12, with losses to Thayer and, earlier tonight, St. Paul's. Have allowed 2 or fewer goals in 9 of those games. Neil Shea has been on fire (16-19-35 in the last 12 games). The Spartans are 1-5-1 vs. Top 10 (split with Cushing, lost to Milton 2x, lost to Thayer 2x, tied NMH). With the whole season taken into account, Westy and Winchendon have slightly better numbers, but they've sputtered a bit, and LA has come on lately. LAST WEEK: Beat Gov's 8-0, beat St. Mark's 5-1, lost to SPS 5-4.THIS WEEK: @ St. Seb's (Wed.), @ Tabor (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.