Connecticut Division 2 Poll
We eagerly await the state tournament in Division II. Well, we usually eagerly await the state tournament, because what’s more fun in high school hockey? But in Division II especially this year, it can answer a lot of questions, maybe sort out a lot of the issues we’re having in cobbling together Hockey Night In Boston’s Connecticut boys Division II poll.
The top remains the same. East Catholic remains there despite a 4-2 loss to Division I Xavier in its only game this week.
Branford and North Haven also had losses in Division I (both to West Haven by the same 4-1 score), though Branford tossed in a win over Guilford. Both of those teams will play in the SCC/SWC Division II conference tournament.
Trinity Catholic remained alive in the FCIAC tournament with a win over Greenwich; it’ll face top-seeded Darien in the semifinals.
Amity and Cheshire will also be in the SCC/SWC tournament, facing North Haven and Branford, respectively, in the semis. Amity had wins over Fairfield and New Milford this week. And Hand shook off a couple of losing streaks to finish strong; it won three games the past week and has Guilford to finish its regular season.
An assortment of teams have been in this range in the poll this season; some, like Fairfield, get beat up by a conference schedule full of Division I teams; others, like Milford or New Milford, play in a conference that’s exceedingly competitive in Division II.
Meanwhile, Newington/Berlin/Manchester and BCR, two former Division III powers, have racked up solid records (albeit some against Division III opposition), and Suffield has shaken off early mediocrity with a late run, including big wins this week over Northwest Catholic (Jake King had four points) and Milford (King and Max Marson had five points apiece in a 7-5 track meet; Will Vitelli had a point on all five for Milford).
It’s hard to say the one-and-done of the state tournament says anything all that decisive about the difference between teams, but it’ll be nice to see how some of these teams match up in different areas. It’s already been quite a season.