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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Short Shifts 1/14: Interdivision Records & Strength of Schedule

By: Luke Devoe

As of 1/14- Interdivision Records
I tallied up records outside of your division today. While the results aren't exactly shocking, there are some things that stand out.  Here goes..

Division 1 teams are (23-7) overall when playing teams from the D2, D3 and out of CT realm. D1 teams are (15-5) vs. D2 teams, (5-0) vs. D3 teams and (3-2) vs. out of staters with Fairfield Prep notching all three of those wins.

Division 2 teams are (32-25-1) overall when playing teams from D1, D3 and out of CT. D2 teams are (5-15) vs. D1 teams, (24-10-1) vs. D3 teams and (4-5) vs. non-CT competition. The overall mark isn't that impressive but when you take into account that the Top 14 (of 22) teams are (19-0) it makes a little more sense. East Catholic garners the most impressive mark going (3-0) vs. D1 competition. The out of state record is weakend by BBD going (1-4) vs. non-CT teams. Wilton owns 3 of the 10 losses against D3 competition.

Division 3 teams are (15-30-1) overall when playing teams from D1, D2 and out of state. D3 teams are (0-5) vs. D1 teams, (10-24-1) vs. D2 teams, and (5-1) against non-CT teams.

Tough schedule
At the D2 and D3 ranks some teams records aren't necessarily indicative of how good the team is. Some teams, especially those D2/D3 FCIAC teams are playing ridiculously tough schedules. Let's take a look at some of these teams and what they still have yet to face on the schedule.

Milford Co-op (2-4-1): The Indians four losses came to teams (Trinity Catholic, North Branford, Branford & Amity) with a combined 20-6 mark. I had Milford ranked in my top five at the beginning of the season but their schedule hasn't done them any favors. Recently, they showed a sign of life getting back at North Branford and beating them 7-2. Their schedule gets slightly more favorable here on out but there are still some extremely tough outs.

Wilton (1-4-3): The Warriors have had some tough luck this year paired with an inability to close out a game. They've already played D3 powers Tri-Town, Masuk, NFI and Newtown as well as D1's East Haven and D2's Milford.  This was the easy part of their schedule. Now, with only twelve games to go, their next four games come against New Canaan, Trinity Catholic, New Milford and Darien... yikes.

Westhill (2-5): The Vikings are a D3 squad. They don't play a D3 schedule. After starting (2-1) with convincing wins over D3 squads Stamford and Newtown and an overtime loss to D2's Fermi-Enfield, Westhill has had to face New Milford, Suffield-Granby-WL, East Haven and St. Joseph. Like Wilton, their road to the top 16 looks troublesome. Over their next 8 games they face Trinity Catholic, Darien, Ridgefield, New Canaan and Fairfield at a time where they'll be desperate for wins. Compare this murderer's row to Housatonic-NW-Wamogo, D3's standings leader, who has played teams with a combined 15-39 record.

Daniel Hand (3-5): The Tigers opened up 3-0 but ran into some good hockey teams which humbled this Hand squad. Branford, East Haven, Cheshire, North Branford and North Haven took on the Tigers after their hot start, teams that are a combined 29-10.

Fairfield Co-op (2-4): The defending D2 state champs may consider themselves lucky to be (2-4) after the start to their season. The first four teams they played (Branford, East Haven, North Haven and North Branford) are a combined 25-5.  The schedule gets a little more manageable for Fairfield here on out but their next two come against D1's Darien and Greenwich.

Conard (2-5): Conard posted a much needed win over a good Suffield-Granby-WL team. But the Chieftans still have East Catholic (twice), BCR, Glastonbury, Simsbury and South Windsor coming up.

Teams at the D1 level all play fairly competitive schedules so I didn't include them on here. This was more to show the massive holes these teams have to dig out of now that they sit below .500.

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