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Connecticut HS Boys Division 3 Top 10: Ranked Matchups Loom After Quiet Week For Top 10 Teams

Connecticut Boys Division 3 Top 10

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Sheehan 11321
2Newington Co-op21420
3Hall-Southington3930
4Suffield-Granby-Windsor Locks4860
5New Milford 51151
6Norwalk-McMahon6861
7Enfield-E. Granby-Stafford7881
8Staples95101
9Wilton8680
10NewtownNR6100

This week’s Hockey Night Connecticut Division 3 boys hockey rankings are almost a mirror image of last week’s top 10. The top four teams went a combined 6-0 over the previous days, and even the handful of losses suffered by teams in the rankings were the sort that could be easily explained.

Sheehan held the top spot after knocking off Milford and prevailing in a tough 6-5 battle with last year’s Division 3 champion Lyman Hall/H-K/Coginchaug (now in Div. 2).

No. 2 Newington swept past E.O. Smith/Tolland and Tri-Town, No. 3 Hall-Southington handled East Haven, and No. 4 Suffield-Granby-Windsor Locks was a winner against Conard.

It starts to get a little bumpy at No. 5, where New Milford split, beating JBWA but falling to a strong Div. 2 team in Westhill-Stamford. No. 6 Norwalk-McMahon lost both games last week, but they came against Div. 1 powers Greenwich and Darien – arguably two of the top five teams in the entire Nutmeg State. No. 7 Enfield-East Granby-Stafford was idle all week.

The only rankings switch came in the Nos. 8-9 spots. Staples earned a 1-1 tie against Div. 2 Trumbull, while No. 9 Wilton lost to the same team, so it made sense to flip the two this week. The lone new team to the rankings is No. 10 Newtown, which has been hot of late.

The upcoming week could be a lot more interesting, and it gets off with a bang as Sheehan and Hall-Southington square off in a Presidents Day matinee. Then Wednesday night it’s Newington’s turn to face Hall-Southington at home, and H-S wraps up its huge week as the Warrior Knights travel to Enfield-East Granby-Stafford on Saturday afternoon.

SGWL also hosts the Enfield co-op Wednesday. Staples hosts New Milford on Monday and Newtown on Saturday, but the Wreckers head to Div. 1 Greenwich in between (Wednesday).

Both Wilton (Wednesday) and Norwalk-McMahon (Saturday) have to face Div. 1 FCIAC opponent New Canaan this week.

Jim Clark

Jim Clark

Jim Clark has covered Massachusetts high school hockey for three decades, and joins Hockey Night in Boston for the 2019-20 season. Previously he was the lead high school hockey writer for 19 years for the Boston Herald, where he also worked full-time on the copy desk in the sports department and served as the paper's high schools editor from 2000-06. Clark was honored by the Mass. State Hockey Coaches Association with its William Stewart Award for contributions to the sport in May 2019, and also received the Joel Perlmutter Award for media coverage in 2006. A graduate of UMass, he also spent eight years as sports editor and reporter for the Sentinel & Enterprise in Fitchburg, Mass.
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