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

Connecticut Boys Division 2 Top 10

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Branford21821
2Daniel Hand11821
3Farmington Valley31731
4Westhill-Stamford41551
5WMRP51830
6North Haven61263
7Lyman Hall/H-K/Coginchaug101191
8Woodstock Academy71560
9Trumbull810101
10GlastonburyNR1290

* 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.

Jim Clark

Jim Clark

Jim Clark has covered Massachusetts high school hockey for three decades, and joins Hockey Night in Boston for the 2019-20 season. Previously he was the lead high school hockey writer for 19 years for the Boston Herald, where he also worked full-time on the copy desk in the sports department and served as the paper's 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 and reporter for the Sentinel & Enterprise in Fitchburg, Mass.
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