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Connecticut D2 Poll: Conference tournaments are next on the agenda

Connecticut Division 2 Poll

1East Haven11530
2New Fairfield/Immaculate51532
5Farmington Valley61540
7South Windsor87112
10New Milford107130

Here’s Connecticut Division II hockey in a week’s nutshell: New Fairfield/Immaculate’s week, which ends its regular season at No. 2 in the HNIB News top 10. The Rebel Mustangs can go out and top No. 3 Watertown/Pomperaug and No. 5 Farmington Valley, and in between outshoot Hand handily and lose 3-2.

Hockey, man.

We’ve stuck with No. 1 East Haven and after wins over North Haven and Branford this week, might as well keep it that way. The Yellowjackets have two regular-season games scheduled this week, though the last on Wednesday might be wiped out, as No. 6 Westhill/Stamford defeated St. Joseph in the FCIAC tournament and so has a conference-semifinal game that night.

Either way, East Haven has a tournament game of its own Thursday; it’s the top seed in the SCC/SWC tournament. NFI is second. No. 4 Guilford is in, but whether it’s third or fourth depends on what Watertown does Monday against Branford. No. 9 Cheshire, which knocked off Guilford this week, remains alive for the fourth spot if Watertown loses to Branford.

It’s the time of year when many rankings just don’t feel right, and No. 7  South Windsor and No. 8 Conard are a couple of those. The Bobcats have had a few big wins of late, including one over Conard this week. The Chieftains bounced back from that with a win over D3 power Woodstock Academy. They’ve both been tough all season against some good teams.

So, down the stretch, has been No. 10 New Milford, which closed the regular season on a four-game winning streak and with wins in seven of the last 13. The state tournament is next for the Green Wave.

Michael Fornabaio

Michael Fornabaio

Michael writes for Hockey Night in Boston, covers the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for the Connecticut Post, and once covered the Beast of New Haven. He grew up at the New Haven Coliseum. Story, blog links @BSTSoundinOff blog.ctnews.com/fornabaio.
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