Connecticut Boys Division 3 Final Top 8
Hockey Night in Boston’s Connecticut Division 3 rankings pick right up where we left off last winter – at least for the top couple of spots.
Newington certainly lost plenty of talent off last year’s squad, which won the CCC South and claimed the top spot in the final rankings. But the newly named Nor’easters are in as good a position as any of the contenders entering 2021-22, and start the year at No. 1 again.
That must mean BBD is No. 2. The Wildcats, who won their first 10 games a year ago, hit a bit of a snag but rebounded to take the SCC/SWC 3 title, are another team that have enough returning talent to overcome any losses from last season.
From here, things can go in any number of directions, but many coaches like the potential of No. 3 Conard to challenge Newington out of the CCC South.
One team with a lot of preseason hype is No. 4 Staples. Coach Matt Bohn hopes his team can contend among FCIAC D2-3 schools and make a run in the D3 tournament.
Another CCC South team with high hopes is No. 5 E.O. Smith/Tolland. The Bucks have 11 seniors and experience throughout their lineup.
Moving back to the FCIAC, we find No. 6 McMahon-Norwalk, with a team that coach Scott Raymond says is as deep as it has been in recent memory.
The rankings wrap up with a pair of rivals out of the Enfield Twin Rinks – No. 7 Tri-Town and No. 8 SGWL will look to contend in the return of the Nutmeg Conference after a year away because of the pandemic.