Connecticut Boys Division 3 Top 8
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.