Connecticut Division 3 Poll
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In 10 years of Division III hockey tournaments in Connecticut, of 20 finalists, none was worse than a fifth seed, and the fifth seed made it just once.
The top five seeds in this year’s tournament include four teams that have been among the division’s class all season, plus a Hall/Southington team with some big wins. First round action begins Monday, March 7.
That begins with top seed and HNIB No. 1 New Fairfield/Immaculate, coming in off a win in the SCC/SWC Division III tournament, beating Newtown and Brookfield/Bethel/Danbury. If the Rebel Mustangs get past Norwalk in the first round, it could see BBD again in the quarters, or it could be up against BCCR, which comes into the tournament on a four-game losing streak.
Fourth-seeded Hall/Southington, our No. 7, and fifth seed Westhill/Stamford, our No. 3, could meet up in the quarters in that half of the bracket. The Warrior Knights drew Barlow in the first round. Westhill/Stamford faces the Redhawks co-op.
After an 0-2 start, second-seeded and our No. 4 Woodstock Academy won 18 of 19, including a first-round conference playoff win over a hot Tri-Town team, before losing in a tight game to Division I Suffield/Granby/Windsor Locks for the Nutmeg Hockey Conference title. The Centaurs face Sheehan in the first round of the CIAC tournament, with either our No. 10 Housatonic/Northwestern or Newtown waiting in the quarterfinals; Housatonic beat Newtown late in the regular season.
Our No. 5 Tri-Town, which won five of its last seven, meets our No. 8 Lyman Hall/HK/Coginchaug, the only Division III team to beat New Fairfield/Immaculate this season, in an interesting first-round game. The winner draws either third-seeded Staples/Weston/Shelton, our No. 2, or last year’s runner-up, Masuk, in the quarters.