Connecticut Boys Division 3 Top 8
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.