Connecticut Division 3 Poll
There weren’t many, if any, surprises in the past seven days to shake up Hockey Night in Boston’s Connecticut D3 Top 10, though Brookfield/Bethel/Danbury tried: The IceCats grabbed a 2-0 lead on No. 6 Masuk. The Panthers came back, though, with Elijah Begin scoring the tying and winning goals in a 3-2 win.
So Masuk dodged that bid as the regular season nears an end. Six of the top 10 will complete their regular slates by Saturday, including No. 1 Woodstock Academy, which packs Sheehan, the Eastern Connecticut Eagles, Barlow and D2 Conard into the next six days. No. 3 Hall/Southington will wrap with BCR on Saturday after another D2 team, E.O. Smith/Tolland, the seventh for the Warrior Knights
For a couple of teams, completing things will extend to Feb. 27, when No. 2 WMRP visits No. 10 Norwalk. WMRP meets Enfield and Sheehan in the meantime, with Norwalk escaping the toughest part of its schedule to face Staples/Weston/Shelton on Wednesday.
No. 5 Lyman Hall/HK/Coginchaug, which defeated crosstown rival Sheehan 5-3, hosts the No. 9 Redhawks on Wednesday. The Redhawks tied Sheehan at 2 and lost by a goal to No. 4 Housatonic/Northwestern, which came off a two-week hiatus with that win and one over Masuk. Housatonic’s schedule bleeds into next week, too, finally wrapping up on Feb. 28 against No. 8 Tri-Town.
No. 7 Newtown, meanwhile, should be tested going into the tournaments, with four of its last six against D2 teams. It lost the first two of those to Trumbull and Amity but has Branford and North Haven to come to finish its regular season.