Vic Vicenzi believes the CIAC Division II boys hockey tournament is as wide-open as any he’s seen in years, and that the teams that played harder schedules have given themselves a bit of an edge.
Vicenzi did what he could to toughen up his Watertown/Pomperaug (Watertown, Conn.) team as they’ve played – and beaten – some of the state’s best Division II competition.
“I try to do that every year,” Vicenzi said. “I say to myself, ‘I would be happy to be 9-10 or 8-12, just as long as we get in.’ It’s about playing tough games and getting better.
“Numbers don’t mean much to me. It’s about getting the kids to improve every game and every practice.”
The Indians will be seeded third when the state tournament starts next week. They were 14-5-1 headed into Thursday’s South-West Conference playoff semifinals, and two years removed from winning the state Division III title, the first in program history.
W/P has wins over two of the best Division II teams — top-ranked Amity and Southern Connecticut Conference champion Hand. It also beat longtime Division I contender Notre Dame-Fairfield.