Connecticut HS Boys Hockey – Division 3 Top 8: No. 1 Newington, No. 2 E.O. Smith/Tolland Prepare For Showdown

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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There was little reason to change the top of the Hockey Night in Boston Connecticut Division 3 boys rankings, after each of the first three teams won their only matchups last week.

No. 1 Newington continues to be the team to beat after blanking Conard.

Right on the Nor’easters’ heels is No. 2 E.O. Smith/Tolland, which handled Southington.

No. 3 JBWA went out of state, but had no trouble with Fox Lane (N.Y.).

One of the few changes this week comes at Nos. 4 and 5, where Masuk and BBD flip spots. The Panthers were a winner over Newtown/New Fairfield in their only action, and while BBD opened with a win over Milford, the Icecats fell Monday night to Enfield.

No. 6 Tri-Town holds despite a split of its games, the Terrorcats beating Hall but falling to SGWL.

Oddly enough, those opponents make up the last two teams on the list. Hall remains No. 7 despite the loss to T-T, and SGWL enters the rankings at No. 8 after the Wildcats scored their win over Tri-Town.

This is the week for the marquee showdown between the top two teams, as Newington and E.O. Smith/Tolland face off Saturday (5) at Freitas Ice Forum on the UConn campus.

Before that, both teams have tests Wednesday. Newington hosts an Enfield squad that has been playing well (5:00), and the Bucks travel to D2 Farmington Valley (8, Avon Old Farms).

In another ranked matchup this week, SGWL and Hall square off Saturday (7:20, West Hartford). SGWL also hosts D2 Woodstock Academy on Friday (8:20, Enfield), while Masuk visits Staples on Wednesday (7:35, Milford) and hosts Hall on Saturday (7, Shelton). BBD also hosts a Staples team looking to get back into the rankings (Saturday, 12, Danbury).

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