Michael Fornabaio

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Michael writes for Hockey Night in Boston, covers the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for the Connecticut Post, and once covered the Beast of New Haven. He grew up at the New Haven Coliseum. Story, blog links @BSTSoundinOff blog.ctnews.com/fornabaio.

Conn. Division 1 Preview: Defending champ Ridgefield needs to reload

The race is on to see which two Division 1 teams will be left standing come March to play for a D1 state title

Conn. Division 1 Preseason Top 10: Fairfield Prep seeks return to top

One more time, that pet dumb fact: Since 1990, no class has graduated from Fairfield Prep without at least one Connecticut Division I championship. Well, OK, it will probably come up once more in March, whether this class unfortunately breaks the streak, or this class carries on the tradition and...

Conn. D2 Preview, Preseason Top 10: Guilford is the pick

Division II is often a toss-up, the last hot team taking home the title. Few coaches had a strong feeling about favorites in this year's race. The ones that did, their picks varied a bit. If you tossed a bunch of names in a hat and pulled them out...

Conn. D3 Preview, Preseason Top 10: Housatonic/NW the coaches’ choice

Connecticut's Division III has had some tight regular-season races and some memorable playoff games over the past few years. Some of the usual suspects have gotten the call to Division II; some are back down after a stint up there. One of the teams that has been hanging around some...

Connecticut Girls HS Preview: Darien seeks repeat championship

Darien won Connecticut's high school girls hockey championship last year and is a favorite to do it again. The Blue Wave graduated a bunch of strong players, including a four-year starter in goal, but reloads with talent and freshmen who are expected to step in and contribute for coach...

Final Connecticut D3 Top 10: Woodstock Academy goes wire-to-wire

Wire to wire, Woodstock Academy was the No. 1 team in the HNIB News Connecticut Division III rankings. The Centaurs won the CIAC championship in only their fourth varsity season, dropping only one game to Division III opponents and earning key wins among teams from higher divisions. That one loss was...

Final Connecticut D2 Top 10: Late surge propels Guilford to state title

Winner of seven in a row to end the season, Guilford tops the HNIB News final Connecticut Division II Top 10 after winning the CIAC tournament over No. 2 Watertown/Pomperaug. That avenged two regular-season losses to W/P. No. 3 New Fairfield/Immaculate, No. 4 Farmington Valley and No. 5 South Windsor all defeated...

Final Connecticut D1 Top 10: State champ Ridgefield won 23 of last 24 games

Other teams looked like the team to beat early. Other teams made runs late. The most consistent team in Connecticut all season? Ridgefield, the Division I state champion for the first time, topping Hockey Night in Boston's Connecticut Division I rankings after a 6-2 win over No. 2 Northwest...

Connecticut D1 State Final: Ridgefield earns first D1 state title

There wasn't anything all that magical or unusual about Ridgefield's game plan in the Connecticut Division I championship against Northwest Catholic. "Coach put a lot of time into watching that team," Ridgefield sophomore forward Nicky Cullinan said. "He got us prepared. In practice ... we made a point of crashing...
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