Connecticut HS Boys Hockey – Division 3 Top 8: Newington Returns To No. 1 Spot After Win Over E.O. Smith/Tolland

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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A familiar face is back at the top of this week’s Hockey Night in Boston Connecticut Division 3 rankings.

Newington, which started the season in the top spot before suffering an early loss, is back in the No. 1 spot after knocking off last week’s top-ranked team, E.O. Smith/Tolland. The Noreasters also beat a ranked Conard team heading into this week’s slate vs. Hall (Wednesday) and Milford (Saturday).

Meanwhile, BBD held its No. 2 spot after an idle week. The Icecats still are a bit of a mystery … they haven’t played since Dec. 28, have faced only one Connecticut opponent so far, and aren’t scheduled to play again until Jan. 17 because of two postponements last week.

The loss to Newington drops previously unbeaten E.O. Smith/Tolland to No. 3 this week. The Bucks will look to bounce back this week against Woodstock Academy (Wednesday) and Conard (Saturday).

JBWA is this week’s big riser, up to No. 4 after winning its only game vs. Newtown/New Fairfield. JBWA plays back-to-back against Shepaug Valley, and has a big match vs. D2 power Sheehan on Saturday.

No. 5 Tri-Town fell to West Springfield (Mass.) in its only action last week. The TerrorCats are slated to have a pair vs. Housatonic on Wednesday and Saturday.

McMahon-Norwalk took it on the chin against a couple of D2 opponents in the FCIAC, falling to Westhill-Stamford and Trumbull to dip to No. 6. NorMac gets back into D3 competition against Masuk (Wednesday) and Staples (Saturday).

No. 7 Conard sandwiched the Newington loss with wins over Southington and Northeastern. Before facing E.O. Smith/Tolland, the Chieftains meet Rocky Hill on Wednesday.

New Milford stays at No. 8, having beaten Milford in its only game last week. The Green Wave step outside the Nutmeg State for their game Friday vs. Byram Hills (N.Y.).

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