Connecticut Boys Division 3 Final Top 8
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.