Connecticut Boys Division 3 Top 8
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.