Connecticut Boys HS Hockey – Division 3 Top 8: Newington, Hall-Southington Continue To Battle It Out; Unbeaten BBD Flying

Jim Clark
Jim Clark
Jim Clark joined Hockey Night in Boston in December 2019, and has covered high school hockey in Massachusetts for more than three decades. He also covers high school hockey and is a multiplatform editor for the Boston Globe, and previously spent two decades as high school hockey reporter at the Boston Herald, where he also served as the high schools editor from 2000-06. Clark was honored by the Mass. State Hockey Coaches Association with its William Stewart Award for contributions to the sport in May 2019, and also received the Joel Perlmutter Award for media coverage in 2006. A graduate of UMass, he also spent eight years as sports editor/reporter at the Sentinel & Enterprise in Fitchburg, and has extensively covered high school hockey in Central and Western Mass. as well as Connecticut.

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Connecticut Boys Division 3 Top 8

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Newington and Hall-Southington, who tied in their head-to-head meeting early this season, remain in the top two spots, respectively, in this week’s Hockey Night in Boston Connecticut Division 3 boys hockey rankings.

There still isn’t much separating the two teams, except that Newington took a slight step forward with two wins last week. The Indians beat the Rocky Hill co-op as well as E.O. Smith/Tolland to hold the No. 1 position, while No. 2 H-S scored a significant win by topping a ranked Conard squad.

Maybe they settle things once and for all when they meet again Wednesday. Both also have intriguing separate matchups — H-S vs. Conard again, and Newington vs. Tri-Town.

Then again, maybe No. 3 BBD has a strong argument for the top spot. The Icecats have been rolling, improving to 5-0 by beating Housatonic, JBWA and Milford. BBD has a busy week upcoming with JBWA again, as well as Masuk and New Milford.

Indicative of what happened elsewhere in the rankings, Conard actually is up two spots to No. 4 despite the loss to Hall-Southington. The Chieftains also beat a strong Enfield squad, and faces Wethersfield and Housatonic as well as the rematch with H-S.

Tri-Town was on the outside of the rankings to start the year, but jumps in at No. 5 with wins over Housatonic and Enfield. T-T’s two losses are to D2 Wethersfield and Woodstock Academy, and the Terrorcats face SGWL and Newington this week.

Enfield drops to No. 6 with its losses to Conard and Tri-Town, the two teams now residing just above them. The Eagles take on both parts of the former WMRP co-op — Rocky Hill and Wethersfield.

Norwalk-McMahon finally got in some game action to end last week, beating Staples. New No. 7 NorMac will go with Milford and Wilton in the coming days.

No. 8 SGWL held the last spot in the rankings again, having added its first win of the season over Northeastern. The Wildcats have a couple of opportunities to make a statement this week, facing Tri-Town and Woodstock Academy.

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