Connecticut HS Boys Hockey – Division 3 Top 8: Newington, E.O. Smith/Tolland Steady, But JBWA On The Rise

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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This week’s Hockey Night in Boston Connecticut Division 3 boys hockey rankings remained relatively steady, particularly at the top, where No. 1 Newington and No. 2 E.O. Smith/Tolland held their ground.

The No. 1 Nor’easters rolled to a pair of wins over Housatonic and Enfield, pushing their overall streak to seven in a row. At No. 2, the Bucks took care of Hall and Rocky Hill.

The big movement, if it can be called that, is the swap in the Nos. 3 and 4 spots.

JBWA continued to assert itself with wins over BBD and Masuk, the two squads on either side of them in last week’s rankings. That was enough to move JBWA up to No. 3 ahead of BBD, which drops to No. 4. The Icecats did bounce back with wins over Fox Lane (N.Y.) and Shepaug Valley.

Masuk also lost to D2 Watertown-Pomperaug last week, but that wasn’t enough to move the Panthers out of the No. 5 position.

That’s because much of the rest of the D3 chase pack had their own bumps last week. No. 6 Tri-Town lost to D2 foes Eastern Connecticut and South Windsor, but did squeeze a win over SGWL in between.

A pair of new teams round out the rankings, starting with No. 7 Hall. Despite the loss to E.O. Smith/Tolland, the Warriors finished the week with a shutout of Northeastern.

New No. 8 Staples beat previously ranked New Milford, although the Wreckers dropped their next game vs. D2 North Branford in overtime.

The marquee matchup this week is a showdown between Hall and Tri-Town on Wednesday (3:50, Enfield Twin Rinks). E.O. Smith/Tolland goes up a division for a tough test Saturday against D2 East Haven (5, UConn Freitas).

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