Connecticut HS Boys Hockey – Division 3 Final Top 8: Newington Removes All Doubt With State Championship, No. 1 Ranking

Jim Clark
Jim Clark joined Hockey Night in Boston in December 2019, and has covered high school hockey in Massachusetts for more than three decades. He also covers high school hockey and is a multiplatform editor for the Boston Globe, and previously spent two decades as high school hockey reporter at the Boston Herald, where he also served as the 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/reporter at the Sentinel & Enterprise in Fitchburg, and has extensively covered high school hockey in Central and Western Mass. as well as Connecticut.

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For much of the 2021-22 season, Newington and E.O. Smith/Tolland battled and jockeyed for position both in the CIAC Division 3 race and in the Hockey Night in Boston rankings.

In the end, it turned out to be no real debate at all. Newington clearly established itself by skating away with the state championship and the final HNIB #1 rankings.

E.O. Smith/Tolland’s road ended much earlier than expected as the #2 Bucks fell short in a quarterfinal overtime stunner against Conard, which rose to #3 in the final rankings. Conard reached the title game before falling short against Newington.

JBWA’s strong season got derailed in the semifinals, wrapping things up at #4.

#5 BBD reached the semifinals before falling to Conard, while knocking off #6 New Milford in a quarterfinal matchup.

Staples gave Newington a tough battle in the quarterfinals, putting the Wreckers in the final #7 spot. Staples earned its way there with a first-round win over final #8 SGWL.

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