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Connecticut D2 Poll: Major shake-up finds Fairfield at No. 1

Connecticut Division 2 Poll

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Fairfield5911
2Cheshire3631
3South Windsor4650
4North Haven1621
5Conard2561
6North Branford8731
7Hand6642
8Guilford7831
9New Milford9460
10East Haven10363

The philosophy in this space is usually that a team shouldn’t be dinged too hard for losing games it’s not expected to win. (Sorry, Conard.) It’s usually also that a win’s a win, and a team that hasn’t lost doesn’t deserve to drop a peg, or a spot in an earlier order. (Sorry, Cheshire.)

Yet as it stands, after North Haven’s loss to North Branford, it’s hard to sort things out in Hockey Night in Boston’s Connecticut Division II rankings without giving a nod to what No. 1 Fairfield has done the past few weeks after a mediocre start.

Mid-Atlantic-Festival-Ad-300x250It’s tougher, too, because it’s not like we’re going to ding them if they don’t beat Darien and Greenwich this week. But the Mustangs’ eight-game winning streak now includes a 6-3 win over St. Joseph in which they chased standout goalie Ryan Wilson.

No. 2 Cheshire also had a D1 win this week, besting East Catholic 1-0. It visits Amity on Wednesday night at 8 – the Spartans are coming off a huge 4-3 win over No. 8 Guilford – in a game that will benefit the family of Mickey Macholl, a 4-year-old with neuroblastoma.

Goalie standout Scott Skenyon continues to make No. 3 South Windsor dangerous in any game. The Bobcats went 2-1 this week against D1 teams by a combined 4-4: Northwest Catholic beat them, 2-0, but they bested East Catholic and Glastonbury.

No. 4 North Haven fell to No. 6 North Branford, falling behind 4-0 and losing 5-1. North Haven had earlier defeated No. 7 Hand; both Hand and North Branford beat Branford this week.

No. 5 Conard has lost three in a row, though, again, facing D1 foes, it’s hard to criticize. The Chieftains fell to Northwest Catholic 6-3 this week. They get a crack at South Windsor on Wednesday at home.

Guilford, which had been unbeaten in eight before losing to Amity, will face No. 9 New Milford on Saturday. Both teams beat Watertown/Pomperaug this week, the Green Wave actually more decisively.

No. 10 East Haven, playing a tough schedule of its own, snapped a nine-game winless streak with a 4-3 win over Watertown/Pomperaug. The slate doesn’t get easier with strong D3 Staples/Weston/Shelton and D1 Simsbury this week

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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