Connecticut Division 2 Poll
A big loss — first in a while — shakes up the top of Hockey Night In Boston’s Connecticut boys Division II poll a bit, moving East Catholic and Trinity Catholic, both competitive with some Division I programs, up a notch.
East Catholic tied Northwest Catholic at 2 this week. Trinity Catholic finally plowed through the toughest part of its schedule and did so in quite competitive fashion, taking conference losses to Division I powerhouses Darien, New Canaan and Ridgefield, then beating St. Joseph 3-1 this week behind Kyle Odierno’s 37 saves.
Branford, which had been unbeaten in nine, took a 3-2 loss to Amity on Saturday. Adam Shea’s hat trick did the damage for the Spartans, while Tyler Hackett scored both of the Hornets’ goals.
Mike Hribko scored twice as North Haven beat Milford to stay unbeaten in six. It’ll get a test this week with Northwest Catholic and Cheshire, while Amity faces West Haven and North Branford.
Cheshire continued its own bounce-back with a win over Hand; New Milford rebounded from its second loss in four games with easy wins over Division III Shepaug and Barlow.
Defending champ Fairfield hasn’t won easily very often, and that trend continued with a 3-2 win over Trumbull; the Mustangs lost their next game, but did it in more than respectable fashion with a 2-1 defeat at Ridgefield’s hands.
While Hand lost to Cheshire (it has Trinity Catholic this week, then almost two weeks off), Milford split two games, beating NFA/St. Bernard/Bacon Academy handily before its loss to North Haven; Zach White scored the first goal of the game, and John DePalma made 33 saves.
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