Connecticut HS Hockey – Final Division 3 Top 8: #1 Masuk Ends With A 23-Game Win Streak, State Title

Doug Bonjour
Doug Bonjour
Doug Bonjour joined Hockey Night in Boston in November 2022. He has covered high school and college sports in Connecticut for more than a decade, including stints as the UConn women’s basketball and UConn football beat reporter for Hearst Connecticut Media. During his time reporting on the 11-time national champion Huskies, he covered three NCAA Final Fours. He previously was a general assignment reporter for GameTimeCT and the Connecticut Post, and covered high school sports statewide, including boys hockey. Prior to that he was the managing/sports editor for the Westport News and Norwalk Citizen community weekly newspapers. He also has written for the Associated Press and New York Times. He graduated from Hofstra University in 2008 with a degree in print journalism.

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There’s no debate. Masuk is the #1 team in the final 2022-23 HNIB News Connecticut Division III Top 8 after capturing its first state title. The Panthers finished the season on a 23-game unbeaten streak. 

Newington Co-op fell a step short of championship repeat, losing 6-3 to Masuk in the state final. Still, the #2 Nor’easters went 23-3 and won a CCC South title. 

#3 Conard turned in an outstanding season, winning 20 games and reaching the CCC South final and state semifinals. 

#4 Joel Barlow/Weston/Abbott Tech followed up a run to the SCC/SWC Division III final by reaching the state quarterfinals. 

#5 Tri-Town played its way into the rankings midseason and stayed there, even winning a state tournament game. 

#6 New Milford flamed out in the postseason, losing in the first round of states as a No. 2 seed. Still, going 17-5 counts for something. 

It was a solid season for #7 Enfield/East Granby/Stafford, which went 14-8 and made the state quarterfinals. 

After a sub-.500 regular season, #8 Rocky Hill turned it on late, upsetting New Milford and Tri-Town in the state tournament as a No. 15 seed before falling 3-2 to Newington Co-op. 

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