Connecticut Boys Division 3 Top 10
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.