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Connecticut HS Boys Hockey – Division 3 Final Top 8: Newington Goes Wire-To-Wire; BBD A Strong No. 2

Connecticut Boys Division 3 Final Top 8

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In the end, there wasn’t a lot of debate over which was the top Division 3 team in Connecticut boys hockey.

Newington had a bump or two along the way, but the Indians closed with a bang — first with the five-overtime thriller against Wethersfield, and followed up by a solid win over Tri-Town for the CCC South championship. With that, Newington ends the abbreviated 2021 team atop the Hockey Night in Boston rankings.

Bethel-Brookfield-Danbury certainly had an argument for much of the season, and in fact, the IceCats also closed strong, winning the SCC/SWC Division 3 crown. A couple of losses in mid-March derailed things a bit, but BBD still finishes as a strong No. 2.

Despite the late loss to Tri-Town in the CCC South semifinals, Hall-Southington finishes at No. 3, with Tri-Town at No. 4. In the end, the better overall record wins the day for the Warrior Knights over the Terrorcats.

No. 5 Conard finished strong with a win over SGWL, and No. 6 Newtown/New Fairfield made a run to the SCC/SWC D3 title game before falling to BBD.

Separating among a bunch of .500-level teams at the bottom, most of which took turns beating each other all season, wasn’t easy. While No. 7 SGWL didn’t have any marquee wins, most of its losses were to higher-ranked teams. And while No. 8 Staples fell short to Norwalk-McMahon in the FCIAC Division 2-3 semifinals, the Wreckers had just six skaters available that night and were a tough out when at full strength.

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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