Connecticut D3 Poll: Head-to-head match-ups highlight play this week

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

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Connecticut Division 3 Poll

RankTeam[tooltip text="PR*" gravity="ne"]Previous Ranking[/tooltip]WLT
2New Fairfield/Immaculate2810
6Woodstock Academy6820
8Rockville/Bolton/Coventry 8260
10NFA/St. Bernard/Bacon10360

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.

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