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Connecticut D2 Poll: Movement continues as division remains in state of flux

Connecticut Division 2 Poll

RankTeamPR*WLT
1East Haven11320
2Watertown/Pomperaug51130
3Farmington Valley61220
4Conard4581
5Guilford21230
6New Fairfield/Immaculate31022
7Westhill/Stamford71041
8South Windsor85101
9Cheshire9980
10North Branford10880
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Different forces tore us in different directions this week. There’s the question of how much one game should matter as the regular season nears the final quarter. There’s how much a team’s schedule matters in the ranking, when a team is 4-1-1 in its division and suffering from a D1-heavy schedule. And then there’s a promise we made a couple of weeks ago.

The way it shook out in our minds this week, a couple of teams moved up sharply in the HNIB News Connecticut Division II top 10 this week. The big mover was new No. 2 Watertown/Pomperaug with a 3-2 win over No. 5 Guilford, a close game that really shows, as much as anything, how close a lot of these teams are.

The new SCC/SWC combination has given teams’ schedules a boost and made for some good match-ups. And Guilford bounced right back with a win over Hand; Jack Ring had a hat trick.

But that’s how it shakes out for the moment, with No. 3 Farmington Valley moving up as well. The Generals beat strong D3 WMRP and also No. 9 Cheshire this week.

No. 1 East Haven stayed on top, falling to Hamden but blanking No. 10 North Branford. Strength of schedule benefits No. 4 Conard; the Chieftains’ D1 gauntlet continued with losses to Simsbury and Northwest Catholic, and it continues with games against Glastonbury and Fairfield.

No. 6 New Fairfield/Immaculate drops almost for no other reason than the Guilford loss, though the Rebel Mustangs have just one (overtime) win in their past four games, too; they also tied No. 8 South Windsor. They can get back on track with games against BBD and Milford in the week to come, then take a crack at East Haven on Saturday.

No. 7 Westhill/Stamford earned two wins and has Fairfield and New Canaan coming up. Cheshire has Simsbury coming up on Saturday after a 1-1 week. Streaky North Branford, which beat D1 East Catholic before its loss to East Haven ended a four-game winning streak, faces Amity and New Milford in the week to come.

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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