Connecticut HS Boys Division 2 Top 10: WMRP Takes Down Branford; Daniel Hand Moves Into Top Spot

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
1Daniel Hand21311
2WMRP41320
3Branford11321
4Farmington Valley31221
5Westhill-Stamford51051
6North Haven61043
7Woodstock Academy71340
8Trumbull8971
9Lyman Hall/H-K/Coginchaug9871
10GlastonburyNR980

The shakeup continues at the top of the HNIB News Connecticut Division 2 boys hockey rankings.

The big result of the last week was Wethersfield-Middletown-Rocky Hill-Plainville knocking off previously top-ranked Branford, 3-2, in overtime Saturday. That created a shuffling of the top four on the list going into this week.

Daniel Hand was the big beneficiary after the Tigers won their lone game of the week against Guilford and jumped up to No. 1. WMRP’s big win pushes the Eagles up to No. 2 ahead of Branford, which settles in at No. 3.

Farmington Valley had a tie vs. Simsbury and a win against Guilford, but in the new jockeying for position the Generals drop a spot to No. 4.

The rest of the rankings were relatively stable. Despite a loss to Div. 1 New Canaan, Westhill-Stamford stays at No. 5 after also beating New Milford. No. 6 North Haven (vs. Milford) and No. 7 Woodstock Academy (vs. East Haven) won in their only action last week.

Trumbull stayed at No. 8 despite a tie with Div. 3 Staples, while also beating Wilton. No. 9 Lyman Hall/H-K/Coginchaug had a tough week, but the losses came against Branford and Div. 3 power Sheehan, so the Trojans keep their spot for another week.

The new entry to the rankings is Glastonbury at No. 10, despite a loss to Div. 1 West Haven.

There are only two matchups of ranked Division 2 teams this week, both Wednesday. Branford visits North Haven (8:15 p.m., Northford Ice Pavilion), while Westhill-Stamford is at Trumbull (7:50, Terry Conners Rink).

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