Hockey

Many familiar names are off to fantastic starts for their respective prep school teams after spending the fall in the NEFPHL.

Exeter is atop the standings with a perfect 5-0 record after beating Kent and Gunnery over the weekend. Of the 21 players who have registered a point thus far for the Big Red, 16 competed this fall in the NEFPHL. Ryan Welch (ENE) and Will Douthit (North) have combined for .970 save percentage.


Tilton School is off to a 3-0 start with wins over Kents Hill, Proctor, and St. Pauls. Their three leading scorers Cam Ryan (2-2-4), John Pigott (0-3-3) and Brendan Sjostedt (2-0-2) spent the fall on Team CNE. They've gotten strong goaltending from PG Sean Keegans (SNE) and Junior Jacob Wepman (CNE).

Rivers is off to a 2-0 start with wins over preseason favorites Thayer Academy and St. Sebastians. Defenseman Matt Cormier (East) and Ryan Rahbany (West) scored in the 3-0 win over St. Sebs, while Henry Muller (East) and John Corrigan scored in the win over Thayer.

Middlesex School opened their season with a 3-0 win over Govs. Joey Stanizzi (West) had 48 saves in the shutout. Alex Rivet (West), Harrison Clark (CNE) and Tyler Hughey (West) all scored in the victory.

Phillips Andover is 2-1 with wins over Choate and Tabor. Sophomore Charlier Archer (South) has been strong in net with a .941 save percentage.  Quinn Doyle (2-5-7), Kevin Ouellette (3-2-5) & Thomas Manty (2-3-5) have paced the Big Blue offensively. Eight of nine players on the roster with at least one point so far played in the NEFPHL this fall.

Holderness opened the season with wins over Hebron and Academie Saint-Louis, before dropping a pair to Choate and Worcester Academy. Ten of Holderness' top eleven scorers played in the NEFPHL, led by Alex Gagnon (5-4-9), Tim Manning (4-2-6) and defenseman Greg McGunigle (0-6-6).

Nobles' Sean Wrenn (North) has 2-2-4 through 2 games for Nobles.

Groton School opened the season with a convincing 6-2 win over NYA. Juniors Jonah Gold (4-1-5) and Will Torriani (0-5-5) rank in the top 10 in NEPSIHA with 2.5 pts/gm. KUA's Arlo Merritt (2-3-5), NYA's Brent Rickett and Ryan Baker (3 pts each) and Kents Hill's Jay Gallagher (4 goals) are other NEFPHL players leading their teams in the early going.

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