Connecticut HS Boys Division 2 Top 10: Branford Stays No. 1; Farmington Valley Finally Falls

Jim Clark
Jim Clark
Jim Clark joined Hockey Night in Boston in December 2019, and has covered high school hockey in Massachusetts for more than three decades. He also covers high school hockey and is a multiplatform editor for the Boston Globe, and previously spent two decades as high school hockey reporter at the Boston Herald, where he also served as the high schools editor from 2000-06. Clark was honored by the Mass. State Hockey Coaches Association with its William Stewart Award for contributions to the sport in May 2019, and also received the Joel Perlmutter Award for media coverage in 2006. A graduate of UMass, he also spent eight years as sports editor/reporter at the Sentinel & Enterprise in Fitchburg, and has extensively covered high school hockey in Central and Western Mass. as well as Connecticut.

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Connecticut Boys Division 2 Top 10

RankTeam[tooltip text="PR*" gravity="ne"]Previous Ranking[/tooltip]WLT
1Branford11211
2Daniel Hand41211
3Farmington Valley21120
4WMRP31220
5Westhill-Stamford5941
6North Haven6943
7Woodstock Academy71140
8Trumbull8870
9Lyman Hall/H-K/Coginchaug9751
10Cheshire10862

The big news in Connecticut Division 2 boys hockey last week wasn’t right at the top, where No. 1 Branford continues to roll.

Instead, it was the next rung down as Farmington Valley had its 11-game winning streak snapped Saturday by Glastonbury. With that, Daniel Hand jumps up to the No. 2 spot following wins against Watertown-Pomperaug and Lyman Hall/H-K/Coginchaug, with Farmington Valley settling in at No. 3.

No. 4 Wethersfield-Middletown-Rocky Hill-Plainville met another bump in the road with Saturday’s loss to Div. 3 power Newington. Westhill-Stamford, which swept Wilton and Staples, remains No. 5.

The bottom half of the top 10 from last week remained intact. In addition to No. 9 Lyman Hall/H-K/Coginchaug’s loss to Hand, No. 8 Trumbull also fell to a strong team in Division 1 Ridgefield.

Branford’s top ranking gets put to the test this week with LHKC (Wednesday) and WMRP (Saturday) on the docket. While there are plenty of other key games, those are the only matchups between ranked Div. 2 teams this week.

Westhill-Stamford has a tough Monday battle with New Canaan, a top five Div. 1 squad. On Wednesday, Farmington Valley takes on Simsbury, and Lyman Hall also meets Div. 3 leader Sheehan.

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