Connecticut HS Boys Hockey – Division 3 Top 8: E.O. Smith/Tolland Grabs Top Spot From Newington; SGWL, New Milford Surging

Jim Clark
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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Connecticut Boys Division 3 Top 8

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When No. 1 takes on No. 2, it makes things easy to figure out the new Hockey Night in Boston Connecticut Division 3 rankings. Particularly when No. 2 scores the big victory.

That was the case last week for E.O. Smith/Tolland, which knocked off previously top-ranked Newington, making the Bucks the new team to beat this week. EOS/Tolland also had a solid win over Farmington Valley to tune up for the Newington showdown.

Not surprising, Newington is the new No. 2, with the Nor’easters earning a split last week thanks to a win over Enfield.

The rest of the rankings were pretty unsettled, but JBWA will hold the No. 3 spot for another week. It was a bumpy one for the co-op, not only with a loss to John Jay (N.Y.) but also New Milford before bouncing back to beat Newtown/New Fairfield.

SGWL had a huge week as the Wildcats beat New Milford and Hall to move up to No. 4.

Speaking of New Milford, the Green Wave are back in the rankings at No. 5 on the basis of their busy week upsetting the order of the rankings.

The same is true for No. 6 Staples, which knocked off BBD as well as previously ranked Masuk.

The loss drops BBD to No. 7, as the Wildcats also opened the week with a win over Newtown/New Fairfield.

Hall held on to the rankings, falling to No. 8, as the Warriors also had a win over Masuk after opening the week by beating former co-op partner Southington.

Two head-to-head matchups of top-8 teams highlight this week’s D3 schedule. On Wednesday, BBD will try to derail red-hot New Milford, while E.O. Smith/Tolland puts its new No. 1 ranking to the test Saturday when the Bucks welcome Hall to the UConn campus.

Tuesday – East Haven at E.O. Smith/Tolland (4:45, Freitas); Southington at JBWA (8:30, Danbury); Hall at Conard (8:30, Veterans).

Wednesday – SGWL at Enfield (3:50, Enfield); Newington at Rocky Hill (4:20, Champions); E.O. Smith/Tolland at Newtown/New Fairfield (5, Danbury); Staples at Westhill-Stamford (7:30, Terry Conners); BBD at New Milford (7:30, Canterbury).

Saturday – New Milford at Newtown/New Fairfield (1:15, Danbury); Northeastern at JBWA (3:50, Danbury); Hall at E.O. Smith/Tolland (4, Freitas); Trumbull at Staples (4:30, Milford); Wethersfield at Newington (6:10, Newington); BBD at McMahon-Norwalk (7:50, Sono).Monday – Southington at Staples (7:30, Milford).

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