New Hampshire Boys D2 Preseason Top 10: St. Thomas Sets Sights On The Big Prize

Posted by Scott Sartorio on Dec 13 2018 at 06:47AM PST in October 2017 Season

Hard to tell how wide the gap is between No. 1 St. Thomas Aquinas (19-5-0) and the rest of D2 is in reality. But comments from coaches throughout the division suggest it is more of a chasm.

The Saints are especially strong in the back end, anchored by senior goalie Chris Eno and a veteran corps of defensemen. A half dozen forwards return and will be supplemented by a number of talented players new to the program.

No. 2 Keene (17-1-1) returns abundant firepower from the program’s first-ever State Champion. If the Blackbirds are able to keep pace early until a rebuilt and inexperienced defense finds its bearings, the opportunity to defend their crown will be within reach.

Seniors dominate the roster for No. 3 Dover (13-7-0), which should have one of the division’s top offenses led by senior Jameson Goodridge (11-27-38). A deep defense will protect two goalies largely untested at the varsity level.

No. 4 Kingswood (10-8-1) emerged in the second half of last season and sent Windham off to D1 with an upset quarterfinal win. The Knights boast some serious firepower in senior Sam Danais and sophomore Nick Potenza, who combined for 35 goals and 63 points last year.

No. 5 Oyster River (12-9-0) will rely on a balanced offense that features senior captain Max Carpenter (14-14-28). The Bobcats’ defense and goaltending seem sound.

No. 9 Somersworth/Coe-Brown (9-11-0) bumps back up to D2 this year. Matt Sampson is coach of the fledgling Alvirne/Milford Admirals co-op arrangement.