Connecticut D3 Poll: Staples/Weston/Shelton retains top ranking

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 blog.ctnews.com/fornabaio.

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Connecticut Division 3 Poll

RankTeam[tooltip text="PR*" gravity="ne"]Previous Ranking[/tooltip]WLT
1Staples/Weston/Shelton1620
2New Fairfield/Immaculate2610
3Westhill/Stamford3512
4Masuk4340
5Hall/Southington5710
6Woodstock Academy6520
7Newtown7540
8Rockville/Bolton/Coventry 8160
9Housatonic/Northwestern/WamogoNR341
10NFA/St. Bernard/BaconNR360

The teams at the top of Division III kept up their impressive showings. The rest of the division kept beating up on each other.

No. 1 Staples/Weston/Shelton remains atop the HNIB News¬†Connecticut Division III rankings after an 11-0 win over Trinity Catholic; it’s still perfect against Division III foes, though it’ll get a heck of a test Wednesday at home against a hot Fairfield team.

No. 3 Westhill/Stamford also has a good conference test Saturday against St. Joseph. The co-op lost 4-1 to defending state champion Darien this past week.

No. 2 New Fairfield/Immaculate put in the win of the week, besting Cheshire 2-1. The Rebel Mustangs also beat Newtown 5-0, their fifth shutout in, at the time, six games.

No. 4 Masuk, in the toughest part of its schedule, dropped two games to extend its losing streak to three. The Panthers have another week before they get back to D-III foes, and when they do, they’ll have to deal with New Fairfield/Immaculate twice in three games.

No. 5 Hall/Southington also has a couple of Division II foes coming up the next couple of weeks. Its only loss is to a D-II team, and since then it has run a winning streak to six with wins this week over Lyman Hall/HK/Coginchaug and No. 8 BCR.

No. 6 Woodstock Academy bested western Massachusetts’ Taconic 15-2 to extend its own winning streak to four. No. 7 Newtown, meanwhile, dropped two games, including one to New York’s Horace Greeley. (Greeley also knocked off Barlow this week.)

No. 9 Housatonic/Northwestern/Wamogo sneaks back into the Top 10 with wins against the No. 10 NFA Redhawks co-op and Shepaug/Litchfield. The Mountaineers have Woodstock Academy and Barlow this week to stick around, though, and the Redhawks have a game Monday against BCR after beating Tri-Town 4-3 this week.

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