Connecticut Division 3 Poll
Let’s start in the middle in this week’s HNIB News Connecticut Division 3 Top 10: Should we give the No. 9 Redhawks some more credit for a regular-season-ending win over the No. 5 Lyman Hall co-op? Probably. It was a tough slot.
Status quo was probably the easy way out, triangulating with the Redhawks’ split with No. 8 Tri-Town and the Trojans’ win over the Terrorcats. As the regular season winds down over the next few days, there’ll be plenty of opportunity to re-evaluate over the next few weeks.
No. 1 Woodstock Academy hit only its third speed bump in a strong season, losing to D2 Conard 4-3 to end the regular season. They’ll head into the Nutmeg Hockey Conference playoffs at 17-2-1. No. 2 WMRP and No. 3 Hall/Southington both had a two-win week, one against a D2 team and another against a D3.
The level-up competition wasn’t as kind to No. 6 Masuk (a loss to Trumbull) or No. 7 Newtown (a loss to Branford and a tie against North Haven). They both beat their D3 opposition, though, as did No. 4 Housatonic/Northwestern, beating Barlow. The Mountaineers face Tri-Town on Tuesday. Masuk and Newtown will meet in the SCC/SWC semifinals; the other half of that tournament pits Lyman Hall against Brookfield/Bethel/Danbury, which got an overtime win over Sheehan to get in.
Off a win over Amity, we’ll slide No. 10 Trinity Catholic back in. There’s still some up-and-down to the Crusaders, but they are 7-7 against non-D1 opponents.