Connecticut D2 Poll: Watertown/Pomperaug gets shot at #1 East Haven Wednesday

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

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Connecticut Division 2 Poll

RankTeam[tooltip text="PR*" gravity="ne"]Previous Ranking[/tooltip]WLT
1East Haven1800
3New Fairfield/Immaculate3810
7South Windsor9460
8Farmington Valley10720

Doesn’t it feel as if there has been some degree of “what do we do with these guys now” every week in Connecticut? It’s at the bottom of the HNIB News¬†Connecticut D2 Top 10 this week for us.

The top half feels almost easy, especially based on this week’s results. The next few are tougher, teams that feel like they should be good but are on the skids, teams that felt like they should’ve won more earlier but didn’t, teams that are starting to open our eyes a little.

But the top, yeah, that’s pretty straightforward. No. 1 East Haven has outscored opponents 28-6 in its past three games. No. 5 Watertown/Pomperaug gets a chance to try to slow them down on Wednesday.

No. 2 Guilford won a couple of games. No. 3 NFI won one, but it also fell to D3 powerhouse Woodstock Academy, giving up more than two goals for the first time since opening night.

No. 4 Conard took a 2-2 tie this week against one of those teams we’re wondering about right now, No. 10 Hand. Highly regarded in the preseason, Hand also beat St. Joseph this week and lost to No. 9 Cheshire; after a so-so start, it’s 2-1-1 in the past four.

Conard, meanwhile, came back with a 6-3 win over North Branford, another one of those teams. On a three-game losing streak, the Thunderbirds have fallen to No. 11 in the top 10 this week, a bit of a gut-wrenching call.

Watertown/Pomperaug was the other team to beat North Branford this week, 4-1. It also shut out Masuk.

No. 6 Westhill/Stamford beat New Milford and took Darien to overtime before falling 3-2. No. 7 South Windsor beat Cheshire in overtime (the last of a four-game losing streak for the Rams), then lost to two D1 schools in their conference.

No. 8 Farmington Valley posted one of the more interesting wins in D-II this week, besting Glastonbury 6-5. It was the 200th win for co-coach Mike Barone, long-time boss at Farmington High.

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