March 5, 2014

Final 2013-14 Prep School Power Rankings

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Every week throughout the season, NEHJ ranks the top 20 boys prep teams in the region: 

RANK

TEAM

LAST WEEK

RECORD

COMMENTS

 1

  

Salisbury School    

1

24-1-4

The Crimson Knights proved themselves as the best in New England by capturing their second consecutive Stuart/Corkery title. While they needed overtime to decide two of their three tournament games and finished the year with an undefeated record in eight overtime games, their ability to find a way to win is a great reflection of their leadership and opportunism.  

 2

         

Gunnery   

7

20-7-1

The Gunnery came up just short in the championship game of the Stuart/Corkery tournament, but they played outstanding hockey for the last two months of the season. Salisbury was the only team able to beat Gunnery since Jan. 1, and both of those Gunnery losses came in overtime.  

 3

     
 

 Phillips Exeter    

4

23-5-3

It was difficult to get the offense going in a 6-0 semifinal loss to Salisbury, but the Big Red enjoyed a great season. Three players – postgrads David White, Kevin Neiley (Dartmouth) and Henry Hart (Yale) – finished the year with 58 points. 

 4

              
 Berkshire School
6

19-7-3

After upsetting Thayer in the quarterfinals, the Bears saw their season end with a semifinal loss to Gunnery. It was a tough way for the 14 seniors to finish their prep careers, but the Bears did make it one game further in the Elite 8 this year than they did last year. 

 5

                      

Cushing Academy

8

22-9-0

The Penguins pushed Salisbury to double overtime in the quarterfinals of the Elite 8, but a Derek Barach goal 14:02 into the second overtime shut the books on Cushing’s season.  

 6

         
Kent School
 
2

20-4-1

The Stuart/Corkery tournament’s second seed only played one postseason game, as they were shocked by Gunnery in the quarterfinals. It seemed Kent played its best hockey during the middle of the season when it went on a 14-game unbeaten streak and slowed down considerably in its final four games. 

 7

    

Thayer Academy  

3

21-5-1

The Tigers struggled in the quarterfinals of the Elite 8 tournament, but they proved this season that they are back as one of the top teams in the region. Since stars Lincoln Griffin and Adam Gaudette are only juniors, so Thayer should have a bright future ahead. 

 8

       

Noble & Greenough 

5

20-7-1

The Bulldogs are another team who really turned things around this year, as the sub-.500 Nobles squad from last season morphed into the Elite 8 five-seed this season. Despite their quarterfinals loss, this Nobles team has plenty to be proud of.  

 9

            

Kimball Union

10

26-6-5

The Wildcats won the Piatelli/Simmons Small School title with an impressive 5-1 win over Dexter. They finished the year undefeated in their final 11 games despite going to overtime in four of those games. 

 10

Dexter School      

9

22-6-2

While Ryan Donato -- who finished the season with a 37-41-78 line through 30 games -- was the unquestioned best player in prep hockey this season, the rest of the team struggled at times to keep up with him. 

 11

 Loomis Chaffee 20

15-10-3

The Pelicans were inconsistent throughout the year but buckled down when it mattered most, as they captured the Martin/Earl Tournament title with a 3-2 win over St. Paul’s. 

 12

  
St. Paul's
11

20-9-1

Although they came up just short against Loomis Chaffee in the Martin/Earl final, the Pelicans saved some of their best hockey for last, losing just two of their final 13 games. 

 13

   

Andover 

12

16-7-4

The Big Blue ran into a hot goaltender, Loomis’s Nick Desimone, in the semifinals of the Martin/Earl Tournament, but as a team who finished under .500 last year, their presence in the tournament is quite an accomplishment.  

 14

     

Choate  

15

17-8-3

The Wild Boars faced very difficult opponents in the final five games of the season, but they played hard and finished with two wins through four one-goal games before St. Paul’s ended Choate’s season with a 2-0 shutout in the semifinals of the Martin/Earl Tournament.  

 15

     

Groton    

17

16-8-3

   A 2-1 loss to Dexter in the semifinals of the Piatelli/Simmons Tournament ended Groton’s season, but four of their top five scorers are underclassmen, and they could return as an older, stronger team next year. 

 16

                  

 Brooks School

19

17-11-2

Although Brooks couldn’t find a way to win in its final three games of the regular season, they came out strong in the quarterfinals to shut out Rivers – a team that beat Brooks 5-1 just one week beforehand. Unfortunately, Brooks came up just short against Kimball Union in the semis, as the Wildcats scored the game-winner with less than three minutes to go in regulation. 

 17

     

Belmont Hill    

18

16-10-4

The Hillies rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the third period of their quarterfinal game against Choate to tie the game and force overtime, but their extra life came to a brisk end when Choate scored 2:36 into overtime. Still, Belmont Hill should be proud of the way it turned a 4-5-1 start into a fifth-seed tournament appearance.

 18

    

 

Northfield-Mt. Hermon

13

19-10-2

 The Hoggers fell victim to a hot team at an important time. In a somewhat strange Martin/Earl quarterfinal opener, the Hoggers and Loomis Chaffee combined for all five of the game’s goals in the first period, and sixth-seed Loomis earned the upset over the third-seeded Hoggers before going on to win the Martin/Earl Tournament.

 19

        

Rivers  

14

16-10-1

The Red Wings seemed to be heating up when it mattered most, as they entered the tournament on a six-game win streak, but they could not carry their regular-season success into the postseason and dropped their quarterfinal contest against Brooks, 3-0. 

 20

 
Westminter

16

12-11-3

The Martlets earned a tournament spot thanks to an 8-2-2 stretch over the middle of the season, but they faltered at the end of the year. Although they dropped their final three contests, two of those final three match-ups were one-goal losses. 

 

Senior captain Mitchell Allen recorded a hat trick in a 4-2 win over Taft last week.