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Connecticut D1 Poll: After a week of split decisions, Xavier stays on top

Connecticut Division I Poll

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Xavier11030
2Ridgefield21310
3New Canaan31120
4Northwest Catholic41231
5Notre Dame (West Haven)5860
6Hamden6760
7Fairfield Prep7750
8West Haven81040
9Simsbury10670
10SuffieldNR1040
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You win some, you lose some, and seven of the teams in the HNIB News Connecticut D1 Top 10 lost at least once this week. Of those seven, five won once as well.

There was quite a bit of beating up head-to-head, though, so forgive us if things seem status quo until the end.

No. 1 Xavier got the win of the week, coming back from three goals down to top No. 4 Northwest Catholic and cling to that top spot for another week. Northwest Catholic had maybe the toughest week of all, coming back from four goals down to tie Notre Dame-West Haven, only to fall 6-4 late. But the Green Knights took a loss of their own, to crosstown rival and No. 8 West Haven, 2-1.

For their part, the Westies were coming off a loss to East Haven, the class of Division II so far. But they’d go on to beat Suffield/Granby/Windsor Locks, which nevertheless sneaks back into the 10th spot after a 4-3 win over No. 9 Simsbury.

(If you’re dizzy, this is more or less how we feel every week. Sorry.)

We’re kind of keeping the Trojans at No. 9, in a way, on total goals: They beat Suffield more handily a few weeks ago.

Notre Dame gets its chance to bounce back when it hosts Xavier on Wednesday; Xavier won 4-1 earlier this year.

No. 2 Ridgefield and No. 3 New Canaan did what they had to do against conference foes, both beating defending champion Darien. Ridgefield also beat No. 6 Hamden 2-1 in a good one. The Tigers and New Canaan meet head-to-head Tuesday in Darien; Ridgefield beat the Rams 4-2 at home Dec. 30.

No. 7 Fairfield Prep lost to Massachusetts’ Malden Catholic, 8-4, but came back with an 8-0 win over reeling Notre Dame-Fairfield. The Jesuits will take part in the Pope Francis Invitational on the weekend in Springfield.

Michael Fornabaio

Michael Fornabaio

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.
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