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Connecticut D1 Poll: No. 1 Darien starts post-season against archrival

Connecticut Division I Poll

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Darien11740
2Xavier21640
3Greenwich31840
4Fairfield Prep5992
5Notre Dame (WH)41371
6Notre Dame (F)69110
7Simsbury81651
8Northwest Catholic71660
9Ridgefield91192
10Glastonbury101191

After scoring once on 44 shots in their conference semifinal, No. 1 Darien goes into the defense of its Connecticut Division I title with a game against its archrival. If it gets past New Canaan, it’ll either meet CCC North champion No. 7 Simsbury or St. Joseph in the quarterfinals: St. Joseph, with goalie Ryan Wilson, who stopped 43 of those 44 shots in the conference semifinal.

No. 2 Xavier and No. 3 Greenwich both arrive in the tournament on winning streaks. The Falcons, the top seed, have won seven in a row since a loss to No. 4 Fairfield Prep; they finished the season avenging that loss. Greenwich has won five in a row, including the FCIAC tournament, beating St. Joseph 5-0 in the final.

Mid-Atlantic-Festival-Ad-300x250They could meet in the semifinals, but Xavier could have to go through Fairfield Prep one more time to do that. The Jesuits, fresh off a shootout win over No. 5 Notre Dame-West Haven in the SCC title game, have to get past Glastonbury first. Xavier meets West Haven in the first round. Greenwich starts with No. 9 Ridgefield, which it shut out in the FCIAC semis, and the winner of that game meets No. 8 Northwest Catholic or Hamden.

There could be a third meeting of the two Notre Dames in the quarterfinals, though Notre Dame-West Haven meets a hot East Catholic team in the first round, winner of five out of seven, while No. 6 Notre Dame-Fairfield drew Nutmeg Hockey Conference champ Suffield/Granby/Windsor Locks. Should Notre Dame meet Notre Dame again, West Haven won both regular-season meetings.

First round action gets underway on Wednesday, March 9th.

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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