Westhill was No. 1 for a long while in Hockey Night In Boston’s Connecticut boys Division III poll. A few losses to Division II teams knocked them out, even though they still hadn’t lost to a Division III team.
Maybe the Vikings should’ve stayed there. A 4-3 win over Masuk might as well put them back there heading into the postseason. Though they lost 10 in a row at one point, the Vikings are perfect against Division III opposition.
With only one tie as a blemish, E.O. Smith/Tolland/Windham also remains unbeaten in their own division. They beat the Eastern CT Eagles and Tri-Town this week around a loss to Division II’s Newington/Berlin/Manchester.
Newtown and Masuk, which had seemed to be rolling along, both took big losses this week, Masuk to Westhill, and Newtown to resurgent Wethersfield. Both did rebound with wins to close out the regular season, and they could meet again (they opened the season against each other) in the SCC/SWC tournament final.
But that final could just as easily pit New Fairfield/Immaculate against Sheehan. NFI has already defeated Masuk, its semifinal opponent, this season, and Sheehan had a close loss to Newtown. NFI swept two regular-season games from Sheehan.
Staples/Weston/Shelton heads to the state tournament on a four-game losing streak, though all against higher-division competition. Tri-Town also takes a three-game losing streak into states. Hall/Southington, on the other hand, has surged a bit after a losing streak, going 3-0-1 in its past four (though it plays two tough games this week). The tie in that stretch was against Housatonic/Northwestern/Wamogo, who’d already had wins over Shepaug (1-0) and Woodstock Academy (3-2 in overtime; Jason Diamond was in on all three goals) and a loss to Masuk earlier in the week.
It’s worth noting that Wethersfield, which started out 0-8 and 2-11, has won three of its past four, with big wins over Newtown and Simsbury. Peaking at the right time, perhaps.