Final Connecticut Boys Division 2 Top 10: Branford Jumps Up Into Top Spot; Daniel Hand Ends At No. 2

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
2Daniel Hand11821
3Farmington Valley31731
6North Haven61263
7Lyman Hall/H-K/Coginchaug101191
8Woodstock Academy71560

* Note: Results from Connecticut conference tournament games were not factored into the final records or rankings.

Branford spent much of the season at the top of the HNIB News Division 2 rankings for Connecticut. So while the Hornets were unable to defend their state championship from 2019, they do earn the honor of the top spot in the end-of-season top 10.

A victory against Daniel Hand in the final week of the regular season was enough to flip Branford back to the top, with the Tigers falling to No. 2. Both earned victories in their first-round games – Branford shaking off an early scare vs. South Windsor, Daniel Hand rolling over Guilford – before the rest of the CIAC tournament was canceled.

Farmington Valley finished at No. 3 despite a late loss to Northwest Catholic. The Generals had won their first-round game vs. East Haven.

Westhill-Stamford, which held off Cheshire in its playoff opener, was a steady No. 4, while WMRP finished at No. 5 after blanking Eastern Connecticut.

No. 6 North Haven lost its regular-season finale to Daniel Hand, but opened the playoffs by blanking Trumbull.

Lyman Hall/H-K/Coginchaug jumped up to No. 7 fresh off its upset win against Woodstock Academy, the only lower seed to win in the Div. 2 bracket before it was shut down. Woodstock finishes No. 8.

Trumbull placed No. 9 while Glastonbury, the last of the first-round tournament winners, jumps into the final rankings at No. 10.

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