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Connecticut HS Boys Hockey – Division 3 Top 8: Little Difference Between Newington, Hall-Southington At Top

Connecticut Boys Division 3 Top 8

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Splitting the difference between the top two teams in this week’s inaugural Hockey Night in Boston Connecticut Division 3 boys hockey rankings was not an easy task. Both have identical records, and skated to a 2-2 overtime tie Saturday.

However, the slight nod this week goes to Newington. In its other game, the No. 1 Indians blanked a ranked Conard team, while No. 2 Hall-Southington had another overtime battle before outlasting the new Rocky Hill co-op.

There’s plenty of opportunity to separate themselves further in the days ahead. Newington also matches up with Rocky Hill (Tuesday) and faces E.O. Smith/Tolland (Saturday), while Hall-Southington’s only game of the week is vs. Conard on Monday.

No. 3 Enfield/East Granby/Stafford had identical 5-2 wins over EOS/Tolland and Northeastern out of the gates. The Eagles also face Conard (Wednesday) and wrap up the week against a solid Tri-Town squad.

Bethel/Brookfield/Danbury is off to a hot start with wins over Newtown/New Fairfield and Masuk. The No. 4 IceCats will be busy in the upcoming week, starting with Housatonic (Monday), then JBWA (Wednesday) and Milford (Saturday).

Speaking of Milford, the newly-named Mariners (at No. 5) also have been solid, posting 3-1 wins over Masuk and Newtown/New Fairfield. Milford faces Staples on Wednesday before the meeting with BBD.

Two new teams to Division 3 this season take up the Nos. 6-7 spots in the rankings.

No. 6 Conard fell to Newington in its opener before edging past Rocky Hill. The Chieftains have a pair of ranked opponents in Hall-Southington and Enfield as they try to make some more noise in the rankings.

At No. 7 is E.O. Smith/Tolland, which followed up the loss to Enfield with a solid win over Northeastern. The Bucks were being put to the test this week with Div. 2 foes South Windsor (Monday) and Wethersfield (Wednesday), then Newington on Saturday.

Rounding out the rankings is No. 8 Suffield/Granby/Windsor Locks, which tied Wethersfield in its only action so far. SGWL has Northeastern on Wednesday, then is looking to fill an open date for Saturday.

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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