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Connecticut D1 Poll: Several ranked teams suffer a loss

Connecticut Division I Poll

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Darien1400
2Greenwich4300
3Xavier7410
4Notre Dame (WH)2410
5Notre Dame (F)3220
6Ridgefield5130
7Fairfield Prep6140
8Hamden8111
9Simsbury9320
10Suffield/Granby/Windsor LocksNR400

There’s a temptation to blow this thing up two weeks into the season, rip it up (well, a printed version; never rip up your screen), toss it in the air and see where the pieces land to produce the HNIB News Connecticut Division I rankings.

Won’t do that (quite) yet. But six of last week’s top 10 took at least one loss this week, of varying degrees of jaw-dropping. No. 7 Fairfield Prep, for instance, lost a couple in the Mount St. Charles Holiday Classic, always a get-together of some of the top teams in the Northeast.

Mid-Atlantic-Festival-Ad-300x250Meanwhile back home, No. 5 Notre Dame-Fairfield and No. 6 Ridgefield lost in the West Haven Christmas Tournament to two teams that had been outside the poll picture. (And yes, the “blow this thing up” version gives a lot more consideration to St. Joseph and West Haven.)

But rather than blow it up, we’ll give it a week or two to see where things shake out for some of these teams, whether a loss was a blip or a trend. We may’ve dropped No. 3 Xavier too far last week, for instance; the Falcons won that West Haven tournament, beating St. Joseph, West Haven and, in the final, No. 4 Notre Dame-West Haven.

No. 1 Darien rolled along, beating rival New Canaan 8-0, then beating Division III conference opponent Norwalk by the same score. The Blue Wave host Notre Dame-West Haven on Monday. No. 2 Greenwich kept it up with a 3-1 win of its own over New Canaan.

Ridgefield dropped three in a row after its opener, an overtime shootout with Notre Dame-Fairfield (which outshot opponents heavily in two games this week but only got a split) and shutout losses to Notre Dame-West Haven and West Haven. No. 8 Hamden’s only game this week was a tie against a good Division II team in North Haven. No. 9 Simsbury lost to perennially strong Westfield, MA but came back to beat Conard 3-1.

Last year’s Division II champion, No. 10 Suffield/Granby/Windsor Locks, trailed early in its first Division I game since returning to D-I. But the Wildcats came all the way back to beat Glastonbury. They’re 4-0.

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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