Connecticut D1 Poll: No. 1 Greenwich stands as lone unbeaten

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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Connecticut Division I Poll

RankTeam[tooltip text="PR*" gravity="ne"]Previous Ranking[/tooltip]WLT
1Greenwich1800
2Xavier2820
3Notre Dame (WH)3721
4Darien4610
5Notre Dame (F)5540
6Simsbury6630
7St. Joseph7530
8Northwest Catholic8610
9Fairfield Prep10151
10GlastonburyNR431

Everybody’s vulnerable. Parity reigns. Watch out for the rematch.

Unless you’re No. 1 Greenwich, at least so far.

The Cardinals remain atop the HNIB News Connecticut Division I rankings, the lone unbeaten team remaining in the state in any class at 8-0. They put together four wins in eight days, beating St. Joseph, New Canaan (6-3), Notre Dame-Fairfield (4-1) and Trumbull (5-2) this week.

The latest test to their supremacy comes Monday. No. 4 Darien comes to Dorothy Hamill Rink at 3:30 in the first of two meetings between last year’s state finalists. (The second, in Darien, isn’t until Feb. 15.)

Mid-Atlantic-Festival-Ad-300x250No. 3 Notre Dame-West Haven earned a split of its two-game season series with No. 2 Xavier, besting the Falcons 4-2. If only because the preseason poll had the Falcons ahead, maybe with a little nod to their results against common-opponent St. Joseph, we’ll leave Xavier at No. 2 for the moment. The Falcons earned wins over No. 7 St. Joseph (which survived a scare from pesky D-III Trinity Catholic) and No. 6 Simsbury this week, while the Green Knights also beat No. 10 Glastonbury 3-2.

Darien beat West Haven and Westhill/Stamford, both, 4-1 this week. St. Joseph also beat Wilton 6-1. Simsbury beat North Haven 8-2.

No. 5 Notre Dame-Fairfield hosted a holiday-weekend tournament in Milford, besting Prout of Rhode Island in the semifinals while St. Peter’s Prep of New Jersey beat St. Dominic’s of Maine in the semis. The Lancers couldn’t solve St. Peter’s Prep goalie Jeff Hoens in the final, falling 2-0.

No. 8 Northwest Catholic ran its winning streak to five with a 7-4 win over Hamden. And while No. 9 Fairfield Prep was idle (10 days off ends Wednesday against West Haven), a few of the other teams contending for the bottom few spots in the polls were taking lumps from teams in lower classes. Fairfield knocked off two of them, beating Ridgefield and New Canaan. For the 10th spot, why not a team that has played five consecutive one-goal games, Glastonbury – though the Tomahawks are 1-3-1 in those five.

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