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Connecticut HS Boys Hockey – Division 3 Top 8: Newington Holds Top Spot; But Unbeaten BBD Hot On The Trail

Connecticut Boys Division 3 Top 8

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Newington1401
2BBD3800
3Hall-Southington2311
4Tri-Town5320
5SGWL8211
6MilfordNR420
7Norwalk-McMahon7210
8StaplesNR320

The perfect record, or the “stronger” schedule?

That is the dilemma when trying to separate unbeatens Newington and Bethel-Brookfield-Danbury atop the Hockey Night in Boston Connecticut Division 3 boys hockey rankings.

In the end, we have to continue to give the slightest of nods to Newington — for a couple of reasons. One, the Indians have been at the top spot from the outset and there is no real reason to drop them. In addition they scored a solid win last week over Hall-Southington after the teams had tied in their first meeting.

That’s not to say that BBD hasn’t done everything it has had to do to claim the top spot. At 8-0-0, the Icecats are the winningest team in the state regardless of division — no other team has more than six — and are one of only two unbeaten/untied squads overall (along with Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe).

For this week, Newington stays at No. 1, with BBD just a skate stride back at No. 2. The Indians host Northeastern and Enfield this week, while the Icecats will try to keep their perfect run going against Norwalk-McMahon and Wilton.

No. 3 Hall-Southington beat Conard last week before the loss to Newington. The Terrorcats have no time to rest this week with games against a pair of teams chasing them — SGWL and Tri-Town, as well as D2 unbeaten Wethersfield.

Tri-Town moves up to No. 4 off its win over Suffield-Granby-Windsor Locks, which now sits at No. 5 after bouncing back with a win over Woodstock Academy. In addition to both teams’ upcoming games vs. Hall-Southington, SGWL also takes on Housatonic and Enfield.

Milford jumps back into the rankings at No. 6 thanks to a win over Norwalk-McMahon, which remains at No. 7. NorMac got back on the winning track by beating Wilton. The Mariners take on Staples this week, while NorMac has a busy slate with games vs. JBWA, Westhill-Stamford and BBD.

Staples enters this rankings at No. 8, having previously rolled over Milford. In addition to the rematch with the Mariners, the Wreckers also will face Westhill-Stamford and Trumbull.

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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