Connecticut Division 3 Poll
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Now the fun begins.
The same six teams have made up the HNIB News Connecticut Division III top 10 since the first week of the season. There are three head-to-head matchups involving each of them this week.
There’s one big game in the FCIAC, pitting No. 1 Staples/Weston/Shelton against No. 3 Westhill/Stamford. Both teams are perfect against Division III foes but have to face a Division I team in the meantime, Ridgefield for Staples and Greenwich for the Stamford co-op. They’ll meet Saturday afternoon at Terry Conners Rink in Stamford.
There’s a rematch of last year’s SCC/SWC Division III final. No. 2 New Fairfield/Immaculate looks for revenge against No. 4 Masuk, the defending conference champion, which has lost five in a row, all to Division II or out-of-state competition. The teams meet Wednesday night in Danbury, and they’ll meet again next Wednesday in Shelton.
There’s also a rematch of an opening-night game between No. 5 Hall/Southington and No. 6 Woodstock Academy; they’ll meet Wednesday night in West Hartford. Hall/Southington took the first game 2-1. Woodstock Academy dropped its next game to East Catholic by the same score, but the Centaurs have scored 73 goals in eight games since, including an 8-2 win over No. 9 Housatonic/Northwestern/Wamogo.
No. 7 Newtown beat Shepaug/Litchfield 10-2 and draws Brookfield/Bethel/Danbury, 3-2-2 in its past seven, on Wednesday.
No. 8 Rockville/Bolton/Coventry/RHAM snapped a four-game losing streak in style with a 3-2 win over Division II Fermi/Enfield. The No. 10 Redhawks co-op didn’t play this week but ends a nine-day layoff Wednesday at Sheehan, which has won three out of four.