Connecticut Division 2 Poll
While the teams that led Hockey Night in Boston’s Division Two pre-season poll have come back to earth in a big way, the team that sat third put an excellent start together.
And then with two big players not playing this week, the team that had been in third to start, No. 1 Branford, lost in overtime to Westhill.
Hiccup? We’ll see. Meanwhile, No. 3 North Branford put together a big 3-0 win over No. 4 Suffield/Granby/Windsor Locks behind sophomore Will McEwen’s shutout. SGWL will need to bounce back quickly: the co-op, whose Jake King scored his 100th point last week, faces No. 5 Conard on Wednesday. The Chieftains beat the Farmington Valley Generals 9-1 this week.
No. 6 New Milford stayed hot, winning its fourth in a row, taking down No. 8 North Haven, 2-1 and No. 7 Cheshire, 4-3, in overtime. The Green Wave’s only loss in nine games was to North Branford, a team that also beat Cheshire this week.
No. 2 Fairfield has won five in a row against non-Division-I teams, a streak that’ll hold through this week, when it meets Division One foes Darien and Greenwich. Conference-rival No. 10 Trumbull knows that’s not easy: While the Eagles have lost six in a row, the last four have been to top-10 Division I teams on their conference schedule. Things calm down just a bit with Masuk, a top Division III team, and Stamford this week. No. 9 Hand knows how tough Masuk can be. The Tigers came back from a loss to Masuk with a 1-0 win over East Haven.