Connecticut HS Hockey – Division 3 Top 8: Top Half Of Rankings Unchanged; A High Five For Red-Hot Masuk

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

RankTeam*PRWLT
1Newington1710
2E.O. Smith/Tolland2620
3BBD3210
4JBWA4620
5MasukNR610
6Tri-Town5520
7New Milford8420
8Rocky HillNR431

The top half of the Hockey Night in Boston Connecticut Division 3 boys hockey rankings had mixed results last week, but not really enough to change their standings.

No. 1 Newington stayed hot with a pair of wins over Hall and Milford.

At No. 2, E.O. Smith/Tolland dropped a high-scoring heartbreaker to Woodstock Academy in overtime, but bounced back to beat Conard.

The wait to return to the ice continues for No. 3 BBD, which still hasn’t played since Dec. 28 in Maine, and has just one game against a CIAC opponent so far.

Meanwhile, No. 4 JBWA swept a pair of games with Shepaug Valley, then gave D2 Sheehan a battle before falling in overtime.

The shakeup begins in the bottom half of the rankings, as red-hot Masuk debuts at No. 5. The Panthers improved to 6-1 with wins last week over Newtown/New Fairfield, McMahon-Norwalk and D2 Guilford, and have won five straight in the New Year since suffering their only loss before Christmas to Sheehan.

Tri-Town is now No. 6 after winning back-to-back games last week against Housatonic.

No. 7 New Milford moves up a spot, earning a win over Byram Hills (N.Y.) in its only action of the week.

The other debut team this week is Rocky Hill, as the second-year program beat Conard and Southington to move above .500.

Next week’s rankings run through Danbury Ice Arena and JBWA, which hosts BBD on Wednesday and Masuk on Saturday.

In the other ranked matchup, Rocky Hill visits E.O. Smith/Tolland on the UConn campus Saturday.

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