Connecticut HS Boys Hockey – Division 2 Top 8: Sheehan Moves Into Top Spot; East Haven Is Buzzing

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

RankTeam*PRWLT
1Sheehan2300
2East HavenNR300
3Lyman Hall1210
4North Haven6110
5Farmington ValleyNR210
6Westhill-StamfordNR100
7Trumbull3210
8Watertown-Pomperaug7220
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With 17 of the 20 Division 2 teams in Connecticut boys hockey already with a loss in the opening two weeks – and many of them taking turns beating each other – finding an easy solution to the latest edition of the Hockey Night in Boston rankings wasn’t … well, easy.

But with two unbeaten teams that have dominated their competition to date, at least the top spots weren’t too difficult. After starting the year at No. 2, Sheehan jumps to the top spot on the heels of three consecutive opening wins.

No. 2 East Haven was unranked to start the season off a winless, albeit brief, 2021 campaign. But the Yellowjackets have swarmed to a 3-0 start and been the talk of Connecticut so far.

Lyman Hall slips from the perch to No. 3, having won twice before suffering its first loss to Branford.

No. 4 North Haven bounced back from its lopsided opening loss to Lyman Hall with a win over New Milford.

Two more newcomers – Farmington Valley and Westhill-Stamford – take the next two spots. The No. 5 Generals lost their opener to D1 Simsbury, but beat Branford and South Windsor. Meanwile, No. 6 W-S has just one game played, a win over Amity.

Trumbull tumbles to No. 7 with a loss to North Branford sandwiched by wins over Watertown-Pomperaug and Guilford. A lot of teams could have been No. 8, but we’ll keep Watertown-Pomperaug in the rankings. The two losses are to Sheehan and Trumbull, with wins over Daniel Hand and Newtown/New Fairfield.

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