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Loomis Takes Over Top Spot in USHR Prep Poll

Loomis (6-1-1) is the new #1 in this week's USHR Prep Poll, knocking off last week's #1, Kimball Union. Both teams suffered their first defeat of the season at the weekend's Christmas tournaments, with Loomis losing to Avon, 2-1, in the title game at the Avon Old Farms Christmas Classic, while KUA bowed to eventual champion Deerfield, 1-0, in their first game at the Flood-Marr Tournament Friday.

USHR Prep Poll: Week of Dec. 19th, 2016



 

KUA #1 in First USHR Poll of the Season

The first USHR prep poll of the 2016-17 season is now posted, and Kimball Union Academy (7-0-0) is in the top spot. 

The first week or two of this campaign has been a little odd, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the case of Williston-Northampton, which last season didn't get its third win until Jan 13th. This year, they got it on Saturday, with a 4-1 win over defending prep champions Gunnery. Earlier, Williston bombed Salisbury, 6-1. But they also took a couple losses, getting crushed by KUA, 7-1, and by Cushing, 6-2. Williston is certainly better, but how much better we don't yet know. They did not make the cut in this week's poll.

Salisbury (3-1-1) didn't make the cut either -- and when was the last time that happened? If they have a better Flood-Marr Tournament than they did a year ago you can expect them back in the race.

We expect there will be far more clarity after the avalanche of prep games between this Thursday and Sunday.

We also have a gut feeling that a greater number of teams will make an appearance in the top 10 than last year, or perhaps any other year. Time will tell. And there will be nine more polls before the end of the regular season.


USHR Prep Poll: Week of Dec. 12, 2016



 

ECEL Holiday Classic Rosters & Schedule

The East Coast Elite League Holiday Classic is coming up this weekend, Dec. 9-11, at the Pilgrim Arena in Hingham, Mass.

All ten teams from 16U Division and all eight teams from the 18U Division will be on hand.

In addition, on Friday night at Harvard's Bright Hockey Center, there will be a pair of all-star games, with the 16U game facing off at 6:00 pm and the 18U game following at 8:00 pm.

Here is the full program for the event with rosters and schedules. The rosters for the all-star games can be found on pages 12 through 15.

ECEL Holiday Classic Program Book

 

 

Around the Rinks

Thayer senior C Jay O'Brien had four points (2g,2a) in Saturday's 7-2 win over Governor's.
Thayer senior C Jay O'Brien had four points (2g,2a) in Saturday's 7-2 win over Governor's. (Photo: Dave Arnold Photography)
 
Salisbury senior center Matt Holmes in action Wednesday at Taft.
Salisbury senior center Matt Holmes in action Wednesday at Taft. (Photo: J. Alexander Imaging)
 
Northeastern recruit Riley Hughes (19) and Liam Gorman (15) -- both juniors -- will be taking on a bigger role for St. Sebastian's this season.
Northeastern recruit Riley Hughes (19) and Liam Gorman (15) -- both juniors -- will be taking on a bigger role for St. Sebastian's this season. (Photo: Dave Arnold Photography)
 
Middlesex junior G Joe Stanizzi kicked out 48 shots in a 3-0 shutout of Governor's on Dec 1st.
Middlesex junior G Joe Stanizzi kicked out 48 shots in a 3-0 shutout of Governor's on Dec 1st. (Photo: Dave Arnold Photography)