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Connecticut D-3 Poll: Newtown still leader of the pack

RankTeamWLT
1Newtown923
2Masuk1120
3E.O. Smith/Tolland/Windham831
4Westhill3110
5Staples/Weston/Shelton761
6New Fairfield/Immaculate842
7Tri-Town661
8Hall/Southington680
9Sheehan1031
10Housatonic/Northwestern/Wamogo1022

*Updated 2/10/14

 

It’s two weeks in a row we’re using “despite,” but despite an overtime win and a tie, we’ll keep Newtown atop Hockey Night In Boston’s Connecticut boys Division III poll this week. Masuk keeps looking good, but for now the Nighthawks stay in the top spot, with a win over New York’s Horace Greeley and a scoreless tie against New Fairfield/Immaculate.

 

The Panthers have won nine in a row, for their part, which is part of what makes it harder to keep them in second. They defeated NFA/St. Bernard/Bacon Academy 10-5 this week, then took down Stamford 4-3.

 

E.O. Smith/Tolland/Windham plays Newington/Berlin and Hall/Southington in the week to come. It beat Hall/Southington already this week to go to 4-2-1 in the past seven

 

We’ve been saying for weeks that Westhill was riding out the worst of its schedule. What happened when it got back to playing a Division III team? It beat Staples/Weston/Shelton 2-1. The Vikings are 3-0 against teams they could see in the state tournament, but in between they lost 10 in a row.

 

Staples had a three-game unbeaten streak come to an end against Westhill; it’d defeated New Fairfield/Immaculate by a goal.

 

Tri-Town lost 2-1 to Suffield despite 31 saves from Alex Bliesener; Jake King and Dan Bahl had the Suffield goals.

 

Hall/Southington is playing some tough games but not winning them; it’s dropped five in a row after a four-game winning streak. Sheehan has won six out of seven, though, with a couple of easy wins this week. And Housatonic/Northwestern/Wamogo got back to winning after a couple of games without a victory; Eric Chin made 15 saves to shut out Rocky Hill/RHAM/Middletown.

 

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Michael Fornabaio

Michael Fornabaio

Michael writes for Hockey Night in Boston, covers the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for the Connecticut Post, and once covered the Beast of New Haven. He grew up at the New Haven Coliseum. Story, blog links @BSTSoundinOff blog.ctnews.com/fornabaio.
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