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Connecticut D2 Poll: No. 1 North Haven unbeaten In division

Connecticut Division 2 Poll

RankTeamPR*WLT
1North Haven1511
2Conard2551
3Cheshire4431
4South Windsor3440
5Fairfield6611
6Hand7532
7Guilford8721
8North Branford5531
9New Milford9340
10East Haven10263

Though the top stays similar, the bottom of the latest HNIB News Connecticut Division II Top 10 could go in any of a bunch of directions. There’s a whole lot of teams-that-beat-teams. There’s a whole lot of ups and downs. There are questions about what’ll happen when the schedule gets tougher. (Heck, if you read the comments, some people have that question about the top of the poll.)

Still perfect in Division II after a 5-3 win over Branford, North Haven hangs onto the top spot this week. No. 2 Conard, playing a couple of Division I teams, took a couple of big losses. (The Chieftains are still up a weight class this week, meeting Northwest Catholic on Wednesday.)

No. 3 Cheshire slides back up one after beating No. 4 South Windsor in both teams’ only game of the week. South Windsor will be busy this week with three Division I opponents.

Mid-Atlantic-Festival-Ad-300x250Fairfield – call it No. 5 with a bullet – won its fifth in a row; Mike Grace pitched a shutout at strong Division III Staples/Weston/Shelton. The Mustangs get a crack at St. Joseph on Monday.

No. 6 Hand played two games, and the Tigers outscored their opponents 1-0 in a win and a tie. No. 7 Guilford, already waiting on vengeance for its loss to Hand, beat Fermi/Enfield and No. 8 North Branford.

This is where things really get uncomfortable, with a bunch of clear candidates and little separation. Playing a hunch, we’ll keep New Milford at No. 9 despite a 4-2 loss to E.O. Smith/Tolland. The Green Wave will have their work cut out to hold on this week, facing Fairfield, New Fairfield/Immaculate and Watertown/Pomperaug.

Watertown, actually, has a good chance this week to make some noise, facing Guilford, New Milford and No. 10 East Haven. The Easties tied Milford to end a six-game losing streak, which finished with one-goal losses to Hand and Guilford.

Michael Fornabaio

Michael Fornabaio

Michael writes for Hockey Night in Boston, covers the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for the Connecticut Post, and once covered the Beast of New Haven. He grew up at the New Haven Coliseum. Story, blog links @BSTSoundinOff blog.ctnews.com/fornabaio.
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