Connecticut Boys D2 Top 10: Top Three Teams Hold Steady; Daniel Hand Makes Solid Move Up

Jim Clark
Jim Clark
Jim Clark joined Hockey Night in Boston in December 2019, and has covered high school hockey in Massachusetts for more than three decades. He also covers high school hockey and is a multiplatform editor for the Boston Globe, and previously spent two decades as high school hockey reporter at the Boston Herald, where he also served as the high schools editor from 2000-06. Clark was honored by the Mass. State Hockey Coaches Association with its William Stewart Award for contributions to the sport in May 2019, and also received the Joel Perlmutter Award for media coverage in 2006. A graduate of UMass, he also spent eight years as sports editor/reporter at the Sentinel & Enterprise in Fitchburg, and has extensively covered high school hockey in Central and Western Mass. as well as Connecticut.

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Connecticut Boys Division 2 Top 10

RankTeam[tooltip text="PR*" gravity="ne"]Previous Ranking[/tooltip]WLT
1Branford1200
2WMRP2200
3Cheshire3200
4Westhill-Stamford5200
5Glastonbury 7110
6Daniel Hand9300
7Eastern CT Eagles 8210
8TrumbullNR100
9Watertown-PomperaugNR110
10North HavenNR110

Six Division 2 teams came through the first week of the 2019-20 season unscathed, including the top three teams from the preseason rankings.

It wasn’t always easy, particularly for #1 Branford. The defending state champion Hornets needed overtime to beat Glastonbury in their opener before beating Woodstock Academy on Saturday.

#2 WMRP had a much easier time of it, outscoring Eastern Connecticut and Newington by a combined 10-1.

#3 Cheshire rolled past Conard (7-4) before edging to a 3-2 victory against Lyman Hall/H-K/Coginchaug.

The first mover of the week is #4 Westhill-Stamford, up one spot off wins against North Branford and North Haven. Despite the opening loss in the rematch of last year’s Division 2 final, Glastonbury showed its mettle and bounced back with a victory against East Catholic, good for a move up two spots to #5.

The biggest jump goes to Daniel Hand, which hasn’t missed a beat since moving into Div. 2. The #6 Tigers beat Amity and New Milford, then pulled out a thrilling last-second comeback to edge Rhode Island power Mount St. Charles in overtime Sunday.

Eastern Connecticut remains in the rankings at #7, its lone loss coming to WMRP.

Among the new teams to the rankings are #8 Trumbull and #9 Watertown-Pomperaug. Trumbull won last week’s head-to-head meeting (7-2), but W-P did beat North Branford. #10 North Haven also enters with a split, including a victory against Lyman Hall/H-K/Coginchaug.

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