Connecticut Division 2 Poll
It took last year’s Division I finalists to slow down the top team in Hockey Night in Boston’s Connecticut Division II rankings. No. 1 Fairfield’s eight-game winning streak ended with a 4-2 loss to Darien and a 1-0 loss to Greenwich, anything but embarrassing.
The Mustangs have a couple of interesting games this week: a rematch with No. 10 Branford, the only Division II team to beat them, and a game with strong Division III Westhill/Stamford.
No. 2 South Windsor and No. 3 Conard played a 2-2 tie. The Bobcats came back with a big win over the Farmington Valley Generals; Conard followed up with a 10-9 win over East Catholic. The Chieftains’ tough schedule continues with games against Simsbury and Glastonbury.
No. 4 Cheshire fell to Branford, ending a four-game winning streak. The Rams have New Milford this week, the Green Wave have lost six out of seven.
No. 5 North Branford continued its resurgence with wins over Hand and Watertown/Pomperaug, running its winning streak to four; the Thunderbirds have taken six out of seven. They’ll face No. 8 Guilford on Wednesday; the Indians, who beat New Milford 5-1, also face No. 6 North Haven later in the week. North Haven, 3-3 in its last six, fell to No. 7 Hand.
In the division where parity has always reigned, few teams have seized spots at the back end of the top 10 all year, so this week, here’s a hat tip to the No. 9 Newington co-op, winners of six out of seven. It’ll face E.O. Smith/Tolland back-to-back this week if it wants to keep up that success.
Branford, after season-opening ups and downs, had a couple of good wins this week against Lyman Hall/HK/Coginchaug and Cheshire. Beating Fairfield a second time would be quite a feather in the Hornets’ caps.