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Connecticut Boys HS Hockey – Division 1 Top 8: Fairfield Prep Beats ND-West Haven, Takes Over Top Spot; Fairfield Warde Ludlowe Still Perfect

Connecticut Boys Division 1 Top 8

RankTeam*PRWLT
1Fairfield Prep3410
2Notre Dame-West Haven1510
3New Canaan2311
4Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe5400
5Darien4121
6RidgefieldNR230
7Xavier 7110
8Greenwich6120

It took only two weeks into the Connecticut boys hockey season to reach the “circular argument” at the top of the Division 1 rankings.

Notre Dame-West Haven beat New Canaan … which beat Fairfield Prep … which beat Notre Dame-West Haven.

At this point, it’s easy to defer to the latest of the results, and also the fact that Fairfield Prep continues to look the part of the power team in the state. The Jesuits’ win over last week’s No. 1 team vaults them into the top spot for this week. FP travels to Notre Dame-Fairfield (Wednesday) and hosts Hamden (Saturday).

NDWH doesn’t slip very far into the No. 2 spot, as the Green Knights also had wins over Darien and Hamden. The lone scheduled game this week is Saturday at Ridgefield.

No. 3 New Canaan might have had an argument to stay in the top two spots, but a late slip in a tie with Darien drops the Rams a spot. Up next is Wednesday’s game at Greenwich.

Meanwhile, Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe is lying in the weeds below the top teams. All the No. 4 Mustangs have done is beat all comers, and though they haven’t faced any of the Div. 1 powers, they do finally get a big test Saturday against New Canaan.

Darien drops to the No. 5 spot, and still is a team to watch despite the early sub-.500 record. The Blue Wave lost to ND-West Haven and tied New Canaan, but remain a threat every time out. Darien faces Ridgefield and St. Joseph this week.

Speaking of Ridgefield, this team jumps into the rankings this week at No. 6, having beaten Greenfield and St. Joseph last week. The Tigers also fell to Fairfield Warde Ludlowe, but have some big opportunities coming up against Darien and ND-West Haven.

Xavier remains in the No. 7 spot, having sat out of the action last week. The Falcons also have a pair of postponed games this week, but are finally slated to return to the ice Sunday against ND-Fairfield.

Greenwich slides to No. 8 to round out this week’s rankings, having split its games last week against St. Joseph (win) and Ridgefield (loss). The Cardinals have a big matchup Wednesday at home against New Canaan.

Jim Clark

Jim Clark

Jim Clark has covered Massachusetts high school hockey for three decades, and joins Hockey Night in Boston for the 2019-20 season. Previously he was the lead high school hockey writer for 19 years for the Boston Herald, where he also worked full-time on the copy desk in the sports department and served as the paper's 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 and reporter for the Sentinel & Enterprise in Fitchburg, Mass.
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