Connecticut HS Boys Hockey – Division 2 Early Season Top 8: Lyman Hall In Driver’s Seat At Outset

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 8

1Lyman Hall1030
4Daniel Hand410
5East Catholic920
6North Haven820
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As if Lyman Hall’s potential entering the 2021-22 season wasn’t obvious, the Trojans drove that point home by hammering North Haven – last winter’s SCC/SWC 2 tournament champion – in the teams’ season opener. Just a few days into the Connecticut Division 2 season, that sets an immediate tone and puts Lyman Hall in the early driver’s seat as the No. 1 team to open a new season of HNIB News rankings.

Sheehan sat at or near the top of the rankings all last season before settling into the final spot at No. 2. That’s where the Titans are to begin 2021-22. A fair amount of talent has departed, but the Titans are on to the next wave of players ready to keep the program rolling.

No. 3 Trumbull is a team that enters the year with a lot of hype, and the Eagles will push to be among the top D2-3 teams in the FCIAC.

No. 4 Daniel Hand didn’t get much opportunity on the ice last season and the Tigers lost 18 seniors, but still have 12 upperclassmen and the history of a tough program to beat.

At No. 5, East Catholic will try to contend against Division 1 powers Northwest Catholic and Simsbury in the CCC North.

North Haven’s early season hopes took a hit with the tough loss to Lyman Hall, but with 17 players back, the No. 6 Nighthawks should be able to regroup and be in the mix all season.

Two veteran teams with high hopes entering the season round out the early season rankings. No. 7 Watertown-Pomperaug has experience throughout the lineup, and there is plenty of buzz in Connecticut about the potential for No. 8 Glastonbury to get back on track.

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