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Connecticut HS Boys Hockey – Division 3 Top 8: Newington Holds Top Spot, Hall-Southington Moves Up As BBD Slips

Connecticut Boys Division 3 Top 8


No more agonizing over the top spot — at least for this week.

Newington is the “Survivor” winner as the last remaining unbeaten team in Connecticut, and the Indians remain at the top of the Hockey Night in Boston rankings, as they have been all season. Newington swept past SGWL and New Milford, and has matchups this week with Enfield and Wethersfield.

At No. 2, we’re going back to the well with Hall-Southington, which has suffered the only blemishes on its abbreviated slate to Newington. The Warrior Knights returned to the ice last week by beating Northeastern, and have a busy schedule ahead this week.

Now, kudos to Bethel-Brookfield-Danbury for starting the season with 10 straight wins and becoming the talk of Nutmeg State hockey circles. The IceCats finally hit a snag, first getting stonewalled by Wilton, before getting outscored by Amity. The BBD still is deserving of a strong ranking based on its full season, so the ‘Cats land at No. 3 this week.

No. 4 Tri-Town has been off the ice for a while, but will have a full week with Enfield, Hall-Southington and Northeastern on the schedule.

Figuring out the bottom half of the rankings is a challenge, as much of D3 has spent the season beating up on each other. SGWL had a mixed bag of a week — falling to Newington and splitting with Enfield before beating Housatonic. The Wildcats check in at No. 5 this week, and have four more games on the docket.

Staples’ momentum was slowed considerably by losses to Wilton and Westhill/Stamford, though the No. 6 Wreckers did salvage the week by beating Norwalk-McMahon. Staples has just one scheduled matchup with New Milford.

No. 7 Milford is in a bit of a lull — the Mariners lost to Amity in their lone game last week, and are not scheduled to play before the end of the regular season.

Conard returns to the rankings at No. 8 this week. The Chieftains are among a bunch of teams around the .500 mark that could make a case, but they have played some tough competition in their losses, and mostly taken care of business in their other games.

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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