Connecticut Division 2 Poll
Though a handful of teams have separated themselves from the pack most of the season in Division II, there’s still that anything-goes quality to the division, like Branford’s late pickoff of some teams, like Amity’s improvement late in the year to knock off a playoff team or two, or Fairfield, after making its name on beating Division I teams, falling to one as a favorite in its conference tournament.
The Mustangs’ win over Conard this week still keeps them atop Hockey Night in Boston’s Connecticut Division II rankings. They beat Trumbull as well before their 2-0 FCIAC quarterfinal loss to St. Joseph. They’ll actually wrap their regular season Monday with a makeup game against Branford, the only Division II team to beat them this year (though Division III Westhill/Stamford also picked them off).
No. 2 South Windsor lost to two Division I teams and closes its regular season with another, Simsbury, on Monday. Conard got through its toughest stretch earlier in the year and came back from the Fairfield loss with wins over Suffield and Hall/Southington.
No. 4 North Branford handled No. 8 Hall and No. 9 North Haven (though needing a third-period comeback against North Haven); No. 5 Cheshire also beat Hall and, in overtime, No. 6 Guilford, which got five points from Rick Sandella in a 10-1 win over Milford.
No. 7 New Milford, after beating Watertown/Pomperaug in overtime, took two losses, most notably that defeat at Branford’s hands. Hand, meanwhile, has lost five in a row, including a 5-4 Amity victory. North Haven is 0-5-1 in its last six with two tough ones to finish its regular season. (The SCC tournament will pit North Haven against Cheshire and North Branford against Guilford in the semifinals.)
No. 10 East Haven, meanwhile, closed well; the Yellowjackets beat Branford. They’re 5-3-1 since an early-season nine-game winless streak.