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Connecticut HS Boys Hockey – Division 3 Top 8: Newington, BBD Still An Unbeaten 1-2 Punch; Staples On The Rise

Connecticut Boys Division 3 Top 8

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Newington1601
2BBD21000
3Hall-Southington3311
4Tri-Town4320
5Staples8530
6SGWL5211
7Milford6530
8Norwalk-McMahon7330

Bethel-Brookfield-Danbury simply keeps winning — the lone remaining Connecticut boys hockey team with a perfect record in the abbreviated 2021 season. Unfortunately, the Icecats can only control their own results, because the only team ahead of them in the Hockey Night in Boston Division 3 rankings keeps winning, as well.

As a result, Newington still has the most tenuous of holds on the No. 1 spot for another week. The Indians toppled Northeastern and Enfield to remain on their perch they have held since opening the season with a tie against Hall-Southington.

For No. 2 BBD, the win streak is at 10 after sweeping past Norwalk-McMahon and Wilton on back-to-back nights. We’ll see if anything changes this week — Newington takes on SGWL and New Milford, while BBD draws Wilton again as well as Div. 2 Amity.

No. 3 Hall-Southington has been off the ice for a bit, and is finally scheduled to return to action Friday vs. Northeastern. Meanwhile, No. 4 Tri-Town remains sidelined for another week.

Staples is this week’s big climber, up to No. 5. Despite a loss to a strong Div. 2 Trumbull, the Wreckers also took out Westhill/Stamford as well as Milford, the latter of which allowed them to jump in the rankings. It will be a busy week ahead as Staples takes on Wilton, Westhill/Stamford and Norwalk-McMahon.

No. 6 Suffield-Granby-Windsor Locks is another team that hasn’t been on the ice for a bit. The Wildcats certainly are planning to make up for lost time with games on four consecutive days beginning Thursday — Newington, Enfield twice, and Housatonic.

No. 7 Milford bounced back from the Staples loss by beating New Milford. The Mariners have games this week against Amity and JBWA.

No. 8 Norwalk-McMahon had a bit of a rough week. It wasn’t all bad, starting with a win over JBWA, but NorMac followed with losses to Westhill/Stamford and BBD. A pair of big tests loom this week against Trumbull and Staples.

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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