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Connecticut D-2 Poll: No. 1 Branford will be tested

Connecticut Division 2 Poll

2East Catholic1030
3Trinity Catholic821
4North Haven923
7New Milford1030

*Updated 2/3/14


Lots of head-to-head matchups or games against Division I foes meant little blemishes on a lot of Division II records this week. Not so for Branford, unbeaten in nine but facing some tests this week.


The Hornets had wins over North Branford and New Milford. They’ll face Glastonbury on Wednesday and Amity on Saturday.


East Catholic beat Conard but lost in overtime to South Windsor this week. The Eagles have Conard, which they beat 2-1 last Wednesday, and Northwest Catholic at home this week.


Kyle Odierno Trinity Catholic

Kyle Odierno
Trinity Catholic

Trinity Catholic has ground its way respectably through the toughest part of its schedule, which wraps up this week with games against Ridgefield and St. Joseph. The Crusaders tied North Haven 1-1 this week while losing to New Canaan 4-1.


The Crusaders’ Kyle Odierno made 49 saves in that tie against North Haven. Mike Hribko’s goal earned the Indians a point, though, and North Haven followed up with a 4-1 win over North Branford.


Amity remained up and down, as much at the whims of its schedule as for any other reason. The Spartans lost to Division I Notre Dame-Fairfield 7-3, then beat conference rival Guilford 7-2. Cheshire, the last Division II team to beat the Spartans, snapped a three-game winless streak with a 12-2 win over Brookfield/Bethel/Danbury.


New Milford came back from its first loss in a while with wins over Newtown and Guilford before falling to the Hornets. Fairfield came back from a weather-induced idle period with two conference wins over Wilton and Westhill.


And Hand and Milford flip this week after Hand’s 4-1 win over the Indians (four points for Ben Solin, including the short-handed dagger in the third period, and 36 saves for Chase Briggs). That’s not to discount the way Milford started the week, with a 5-2 win over Cheshire behind Noah Ericson’s 24 saves and Zach White’s four points.


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