Connecticut Division I Poll
|5||Notre Dame (WH)||4||13||7||1|
|6||Notre Dame (F)||6||9||11||0|
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.
They 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.