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Connecticut D1 Poll: Both lose but #1 Ridgefield moves ahead of #2 Xavier

Connecticut Division I Poll

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Ridgefield21720
2Xavier11341
3New Canaan31531
4Northwest Catholic41531
5Notre Dame (West Haven)51071
6Hamden61160
7Fairfield Prep7980
8West Haven81250
9Simsbury9980
10Suffield/Granby/Windsor Locks101350
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The top two teams all through the regular season both lost this week. The sheer shock of one of them changes the order for the first time in Hockey Night in Boston’s Connecticut D1 Top 10.

No. 1 Ridgefield’s 4-1 loss to Fairfield Prep – the Tigers beat Fairfield Prep in overtime to open the season, lost in overtime to Xavier in Game 2, then had won 16 in a row, including an overtime win this week over No. 5 Notre Dame-West Haven – is one thing. Now No. 2 Xavier’s 6-3 loss to Notre Dame-Fairfield, a team on a seven-game losing streak, is more surprising.

There’s plenty of time for the Falcons to flip things back. But they’ve got their own rematches the next two Mondays, with New Canaan and Fairfield Prep, while Ridgefield heads into the FCIAC tournament after Monday’s regular-season finale with Westhill/Stamford.

No. 3 New Canaan had an easier time with ND-Fairfield, winning 7-2, with two other wins against lower-division conference teams in the past week. No. 4 Northwest Catholic bested No. 6 Hamden 5-4; it also bested pesky East Catholic by the same score. It’ll face No. 10 Suffield/Granby/Windsor Locks to close the regular season on Wednesday; the Wildcats lost to D2 South Windsor in the past week. .

No. 5 Notre Dame-West Haven finished a regular-season sweep against No. 7 Fairfield Prep, beating the Jesuits 5-1. The Green Knights have a Hamden rematch on Wednesday; Hamden hosts the Jesuits on Saturday after Fairfield Prep gets back from Massachusetts No. 3 Catholic Memorial on Friday.

No. 8 West Haven took care of Harvey (N.Y.) after losing to Xavier. No. 9 Simsbury had its own odd loss, falling to Division II Cheshire in overtime.

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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