Connecticut Division 2 Poll
Through the ups and downs and so-so string of results that led to a drop for No. 5 New Fairfield/Immaculate in last week’s Hockey Night in Boston Connecticut D2 Top 10, the constant for that team was its goaltending. Shane Conciatore wasn’t giving up much, even in the losses and ties.
He didn’t give much up this week, either, helping his team knock off No. 1 East Haven 4-1.
The regular season winds down for many teams in the week to come, with opportunities for some teams to make one more statement (maybe even two more) going into the conference and state tournaments, which have shown they could be wide open. NFI is one of those teams: The Rebel Mustangs close with No. 2 Watertown/Pomperaug, Hand and No. 6 Farmington Valley. Watertown/Pomperaug has a game against No. 4 Guilford Monday.
Farmington will be looking to bounce back this week from a loss to E.O. Smith/Tolland. Guilford, back on a bit of a roll, has No. 9 Cheshire on Wednesday at home; Cheshire is coming off a win over Division I Simsbury.
No. 3 Conard, meanwhile, gets away from D1 opposition at last: The Chieftains have lost six of seven, with all six defeats against D1 teams, three by one goal. It rematches with No. 8 South Windsor on Wednesday; the Chieftains beat the Bobcats in OT the last time they played, but South Windsor is coming off a week in which it beat D1 Suffield/Granby/Windsor Locks in overtime. .
No. 7 Westhill/Stamford also played two D1 teams, Fairfield and New Canaan, close this week. The co-op has two more, Ridgefield and Greenwich, this week before finishing on March 1 with East Haven.
There were five or six different ways we could’ve gone for No. 10. The biggest splash of the week was probably E.O. Smith/Tolland’s win over Farmington Valley, and the Bucks were an option. We landed, though, on a team that beat the Bucks a week ago in overtime and followed with a win this week over last week’s No. 10: Coming back to beat North Branford was New Milford, which has played .500 hockey the past six weeks after an 0-7 start.