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Connecticut D2 Poll: Unexpected stumble doesn’t cost No. 1 Fairfield

Connecticut Division 2 Poll

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Fairfield11041
2South Windsor2861
3Conard3682
4North Branford51231
5Cheshire4761
6Hand7852
7Guilford81041
8North Haven6841
9New MilfordNR690
10East HavenNR494

What do you believe? Do you put your faith in the big wins, the unexpected victories? Do you lean to the losses that similarly leave you scratching your head? Do you fall in between? Wait for more evidence? Mumble “they’re kids”? Steal the joke from the webcomic xkcd and say it’s a new set of data from a weighted random number generator?

This is a long-winded way of whispering “for crying out loud, Fairfield,” while leaving the Mustangs at the top of the HNIB News¬†Connecticut Division II rankings after a rough loss to a Division III — and granted, a very good Division III, but nonetheless — Westhill/Stamford team this week.

Mid-Atlantic-Festival-Ad-300x250Is that the blip, or are the Division I wins the blip? We’ll see, starting Monday against No. 5 Cheshire, which has lost three in a row after falling to No. 9 New Milford and Suffield.

No. 2 South Windsor beat Division III BCR and fell 4-2 to Division I Xavier. It’ll briefly be back in Division II against Milford on Tuesday before closing with four Division I teams in a row. No. 3 Conard just finished six Division I games out of seven with a couple of losses this week.

Conard will get a crack Saturday at No. 4 North Branford, the hottest team in the division with seven consecutive wins. The Thunderbirds bested No. 7 Guilford, New Milford and No. 10 East Haven.

No. 6 Hand defeated Milford this week, while Guilford also defeated No. 8 North Haven, which has dropped three out of five after a good start. North Haven will get a rematch with Guilford on Thursday.

While New Milford’s win over Cheshire was an eye-opener, it was nothing compared to East Haven’s overtime win over Hamden on a Joe Aloi goal. The Yellowjackets face a couple of Division III teams this week with a chance to build some momentum.

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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