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Connecticut D2 Poll: Fairfield hangs onto No. 1 ranking

Connecticut Division 2 Poll

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Fairfield11031
2South Windsor3751
3Conard5662
4Cheshire2741
5North Branford6931
6North Haven4731
7Hand7752
8Guilford8931
9NewingtonNR760
10BranfordNR571

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.

Mid-Atlantic-Festival-Ad-300x250No. 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.

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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