Hand’s boys hockey season is over after the Tigers went into COVID-19 quarantine, pulling them out of the SCC/SWC Division II playoffs.
The Tigers, ranked 10th in the latest GameTimeCT Top 10 poll, had quarantined three other times this season and played only five of a possible 12 games.
Hand beat Guilford 5-2 on Tuesday night to improve to 4-1. The Tigers were to be the fourth seed in the conference tournament. Guilford, the ninth seed, announced Wednesday night that they were quarantining and out of the tournament.
— Guilford High School Boys Ice Hockey (@GuilfordBIH) March 18, 2021
Fifth-seeded Cheshire walks over into Wednesday’s semifinals after Hand’s withdrawal. Guilford’s departure put two-time defending champion and ninth seed Branford through to face top-seeded Lyman Hall in the quarterfinals on Saturday.
Hand’s withdrawal makes it three SCC/SWC hockey teams in the span of 24 hours. Earlier Wednesday, New Milford announced it would be withdrawing from the SCC/SWC Division III hockey tournament, which starts Saturday.
There is no CIAC tournament this year, and there will be no CIAC champions for the second year in a row because of the pandemic. Divisions II and III played only their opening-round games in 2020 before the tournament was canceled on March 10, 2020.