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Connecticut D-3 Poll: Westhill hangs on to #1 spot

RankTeamWLT
1Westhill250
2Newtown511
3Masuk320
4E.O. Smith420
5Hall/Southington530
6Tri-Town520
7New Fairfield/Immaculate520
8Staples/Weston/Shelton430
9Sheehan420
10Housatonic710

* Updated 1/13/14

 

We’ll keep Westhill in place for the moment based mostly on that win over No. 2 Newtown back on Dec. 28. The Vikings are in the midst of the tough middle of their schedule, full of Division II teams and Division I conference foes. They’ll be back in their weight class briefly toward the end of the month, but their record could look weird by then.

 

Newtown stayed strong, though, since that loss, with back-to-back shutouts and a big win over Shepaug/Litchfield/Nonnewaug. No. 3 Masuk hung in with a strong Branford team and beat Horace Greeley of New York this week, and No. 4 E.O. Smith took Newington/Berlin/Manchester to overtime.

 

No. 5 Hall/Southington built a winning streak, while No. 6  Tri-Town came back from its first two losses with a win over NFA/St. Bernard/Bacon Academy. No. 7 New Fairfield/Immaculate extended a winning streak to four games, then took a one-goal loss against Division 2 Wilton (the Warriors’ first win).

 

Staples/Weston/Shelton might have been the story of the week. After a three-game losing streak dropped the Wreckers to 1-3, they’ve won three in a row, including a 7-4 win over Wilton (Jack Mendillo had a hat trick) and a 6-2 win over Stamford (Derek Nussbaum scored three, and Mendillo had four assists).

 

Sheehan fell to New Fairfield/Immaculate but rebounded with a win, and after losing to Sheehan last weekend, Housatonic took two this week.

 

Stamford takes a hit this week more for its Staples loss than its Greenwich loss, and more for the wins this week of some other teams. The Black Knights have a few tough but potentially winnable games coming up.

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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