Connecticut Boys Division 2 Top 8
The top of the Hockey Night in Boston Connecticut Division 2 rankings has stabilized a bit. Sheehan took a firmer grip on the No. 1 spot after sweeping past Westhill/Stamford and New Milford, while No. 2 Lyman Hall added wins against North Branford and Guilford to its ledger.
Both teams have just one game on the ledger this week – Sheehan vs. North Haven, and Lyman Hall at Amity.
The middle of the rankings is where it’s a matter of taking a second look. There are a couple of teams that have had lofty spots all season, but haven’t been on the ice for quite a while. Meanwhile, a couple of others have been playing all along and piling up some impressive results.
In the end, the thought here is that Daniel Hand is one of the top D2 teams in the state, even though the Tigers haven’t been on the ice since Feb. 28. Hand does have both its wins over D1 teams (Xavier, Hamden) and its lone loss was to Sheehan. So the Tigers stay at No. 3, and finally get back into action this week against North Branford, Guilford and East Haven.
The re-evaluation begins at No. 4, and we give a stick tap to Trumbull, which has won six straight since suffering its lone loss to D1 Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe. That includes last week’s win over Norwalk-McMahon and sweep of Immaculate. The Eagles face NorMac again this week as well as Wilton.
East Catholic is another Eagles team that has been flying high. New No. 5 EC continued its roll by beating Glastonbury, and takes on Rocky Hill and Northwest Catholic — the latter of which handed the Eagles one of their two losses.
It’s tough to penalize North Haven, which has a win over Lyman Hall, but we haven’t seen the Indians since they suffered their lone loss to D1 West Haven on Feb. 20. The good news is that they are back on the ice Monday against Sheehan, which will be a good testing point. North Haven also faces Watertown-Pomperaug this week.
Wethersfield is another team that has been on pause, and stays at No. 7. The Eagles will make up for it with a crazy busy week — six games in seven days on the schedule.
No. 8 South Windsor slipped a bit more, losing to Simsbury to drop back to .500. The Bobcats have a home-and-home this week against Farmington Valley.