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Connecticut D2 Poll: No. 3 Conard blanks No. 4 North Branford

Connecticut Division 2 Poll

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Fairfield11241
2South Windsor21061
3Conard3782
4North Branford41341
5Cheshire5781
6Guilford71242
7New Milford9890
8Hand6872
9North Haven8852
10East Haven10694

Each of the top four teams in Hockey Night in Boston’s Connecticut Division II top 10 had a big win or two this week, though No. 3 Conard may’ve had the biggest. The Chieftains and Shea Henderson shut out No. 4 North Branford 2-0, continuing what has been a fascinating season that’s reaching its peak in the playoffs very soon.

No. 1 Fairfield beat No. 5 Cheshire 1-0 on a Mike Grace shutout and a late Jake Fuss power-play goal. The Mustangs also beat Wilton. They’ll visit Conard on Monday in a big one.

Mid-Atlantic-Festival-Ad-300x250No. 2 South Windsor also won twice, an easy one over Milford and a big one over Hamden in overtime.

North Branford had run its winning streak to eight with a victory over East Catholic before falling to Conard. The Thunderbirds have a couple of league games this week against Hand and North Haven to finish their regular season. Cheshire, riding a five-game losing streak after also falling to Simsbury, has Hand, Guilford and West Haven.

No. 6 Guilford tied slumping No. 9 North Haven before a win over No. 8 Hand; Guilford is 10-2-2 in the past 14. Hand also fell to No. 7 New Milford in overtime this week; the Green Wave have won four out of five and face Watertown/Pomperaug and Branford in the week to come.

And though No. 10 East Haven didn’t have the toughest schedule of the week, handily beating two Division III teams, the second, a 6-0 win over Masuk, was the 400th for coach Lou Pane.

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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