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Bracketology Monday 2/17 (AFTER GAMES)

It's beginning to look a lot like postseason hockey! Every week, at times more than once a week, we will take a quick, consolidated look at where teams stand in terms of seeding. Here is our first Bracketology! As a reminder, this is not a prediction. This is all based on the current CIAC standings.


1) New Canaan BYE

9) Ridgefield @ 8) Xavier

12) Simsbury @ 5) Greenwich

13) Northwest Catholic @ 4) Darien

15) St. Joseph @ 2) Notre Dame-West Haven

10) Fairfield Co-op @ 7) West Haven

14) Immaculate @ 3) Fairfield Prep

11) Hamden @ 6) Notre Dame-Fairfield

Division I is an interesting field. I don't think New Canaan will stay at number one. Both the Rams and NDWH have two games left and NC is likely to win both but NDWH just need to win one of their final two against Ridgefield or Darien to clinch the top spot. That said, I'm not entirely sure the top spot is all it's cracked out to be. If you get the 2-seed you stay game ready and play St. Joe's in the first round. Last year, Ridgefield got the bye only to draw and lose to Xavier, a dangerous 8-seed in the quarters. Speaking of which, if the tourney started today, Xavier would host Ridgefield in the first round. Taco Bell Fire Sauce. Of the top four seeds, the easiest trip to the semis out of these four "regionals" probably belongs to Prep. Immaculate and Hamden are trending in the wrong direction and while Prep and NDF tied earlier this year, it was pretty much just because Nick Piselli was outstanding in net. 15 points separating seeds 5-12 make this time of year delightful. Semifinal prediction if tourney started today- New Canaan vs. Darien/NDWH vs. Prep,


16) South Windsor @ 1) Branford

9) Trumbull @ 8) Westhill-Stamford

12) LHK @ 5) WMRP

13) East Haven Co-op @ 4) Woodstock

15) Guilford @ 2) Farmington Valley

10) Cheshire @ 7) East Catholic

14) Eastern CT Eagles @ 3) Daniel Hand

11) Glastonbury @ 6) North Haven


*EO Smith-Tolland ineligible for state tournament

The Division II field never fails to excite with parity throughout. I expect Woodstock, with only one game left (a possible 3-pointer) to drop quite a bit, potentially all the way out of home ice territory. The trials of playing a DIII heavy schedule. Hand has the potential and likelihood of moving up to #2 while five points separate seeds 11-6. Matchup-wise I'd be down for this. Up top, Westhill-Stamford, arguably one of the most talented DII teams, is a scary 8-seed for Branford to face. Yes, I know Branford beat them earlier this year 4-1. But that was without Zelikman and Dolan, two of Westhill's top guns. There's also no guarantee they get past Tsymbalyuk and Trumbull in the first round, a matchup of the only two FCIAC DII's. LHK at WMRP is the best matchup of the first round and on any given night a different winner could emerge from that. Semifinal prediction if tourney started today- Branford vs. WMRP/Hand vs. FVG. Chalk.


16) Housy @ 1) Newington Co-op

9) Masuk @ 8) Enfield Co-op

12) Milford Co-op @ 5) SGWL

13) Newtown @ 4) Hall-Southington

15) BBD @ 2) Sheehan

10) Tri-Town @ 7) Norwalk-McMahon

14) JBWA @ 3) New Milford

11) Staples @ 6) Wilton

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN: Trinity Catholic, Northeastern, Shepaug

The top five seem to be in a league by themselves at Division III and even within that, Newington and Sheehan have risen above the rest, a least points-wise due to their wins over DII teams. Some cool matchups and potential quarterfinal matchups. I think Staples and Wilton is a great all FCIAC first rounder. I also love Wilton's chances to give New Milford fits in the quarters should they get past JBWA. Norwalk-McMahon would be no walk in the park for Sheehan in the second round as well. Semifinal prediction if tourney started today- Newington vs. Hall-Southington/Sheehan vs. Wilton.

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