Connecticut Boys Division 3 Top 8
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).