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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Bracketology (2/11)

Even though the formula is rather easy to figure out with 16 teams making the tournament at each division, I thought I'd release, every Tuesday, the state tournament matchups for each division if the season ended today. This changes with each win, loss and tie but I will weekly post it for those inquiring minds. Enjoy!

16) St. Joseph @ 1) ND West Haven
9) Simsbury @ 8) ND Fairfield

12) West Haven @ 5) Ridgefield
13) Northwest Catholic @ 4) New Canaan

11) Xavier @ 6) Glastonbury
14) South Windsor @ 3) Fairfield Prep

10) Hamden @ 7) East Haven
15) Greenwich @ 2) Darien

Best Matchup- (10) Hamden @ (7) East Haven- We get a preview of this game tomorrow (2/12). Hamden has gone toe to toe with some excellent out of CT teams but laid eggs against the state's best. Easties have a great record but also faltered against the better teams in the limited sample size we have. This one should be evenly matched.

Upset Alert- (11) Xavier @ (6) Glastonbury- Sticking with Xavier as my upset special as long as they are a lower seed with a favorable matchup. Glastonbury certainly could and possibly should beat Xavier but this is not a favorable draw for them.

Yawner- (15) Greenwich @ (2) Darien- Darien handled Greenwich easily, winning 6-1 in their lone meeting. They should be able to dispatch of them easily here.

16) Wilton @ 1) East Catholic
9) Cheshire @ 8) BCR

12) Daniel Hand @ 5) Newington-Berlin
13) North Branford @ 4) Trinity Catholic

11) Milford Co-op @ 6) Branford
14) Fairfield Warde-Ludlowe @ 3) New Milford

10) Suffield-Granby-WL @ 7) Amity
15) BBD @ 2) North Haven

Best Matchup- (11) Milford @ (6) Branford- Milford has arguably the best D2 player in the state in Zach White. Branford is much better than a 6 seed. This one should go in Branford's favor but there will be plenty of star power on the ice.

Upset Alert- (10) Suffield-Granby-WL @ (7) Amity- Suffield quietly goes about their business out of the SCC limelight. Not many around this area know about them and because of this they could sneak up on an Amity team that has been hit or miss this year.

Yawner- (15) BBD @ (2) North Haven- BBD is paired against NH for the third straight week. This one would be ugly if the two met up and would be very "bye-like" for NH.

17) Fermi-Enfield
18) Watertown-Pomperaug
19) Guilford
20) Trumbull
21) Conard
22) Farmington Valley

16) St. Bernard-NFA-Bacon @ 1) Masuk
9) Tri-Town @ 8) NFI

12) Stamford @ 5) Staples-Weston-Shelton
13) Woodstock Academy @ 4) Housatonic-NW-Wamogo

11) Joel Barlow @ 6) Hall-Southington
14) Lyman Hall-HK @ 3) Sheehan

10) Shepaug-Litchfield-Nonnewaug @ 7) EO Smith-Tolland
15) Westhill @ 2) Newtown

Best Matchup- (14) Lyman Hall-HK @ (3) Sheehan- Not that I think there will be any chance of an upset here, you just can't go wrong with a first round rivalry matchup like the Wallingford version we have here.

Upset Alert- (11) Joel Barlow @ (6) Hall-Southington- Kind of a stretch here but Barlow has been playing good hockey of late, keeping games close and competing at a high level. Hall has laid some eggs this year and if they don't come ready for this one they could be ripe for the picking. Doubt it though.

Yawner- (1) Masuk vs. (16) St. Bernard-NFA-Bacon- St. B's holds on to the final spot this week with the bottom four on their heels. Don't think it will make a difference taking on Masuk.

17) Wethersfield
18) Rocky Hill-Middletown-RHAM
19) Eastern CT Eagles
20) Norwalk-McMahon

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