Connecticut D1 Poll: Xavier, Ridgefield, New Canaan move to top of class

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

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Connecticut Division I Poll

RankTeam[tooltip text="PR*" gravity="ne"]Previous Ranking[/tooltip]WLT
3New Canaan6200
4Fairfield Prep1110
6Notre Dame (Fairfield)8001
7Northwest Catholic9300
9Notre Dame (West Haven)2020

(through games of 12/26/16)

Catholic school rolling early, big wins for a couple of FCIAC teams that have often been good: The first couple of weeks of Connecticut high school hockey looked a lot like the past couple of years, if you squinted just right.

While the usual suspects got the nod in the preseason, they went down to start the season. Xavier is off to a 3-0 start to lead the HNIB News first in-season Connecticut Division I top 10, with No. 2 Ridgefield and No. 3 New Canaan replacing, at least for the moment, FCIAC rivals Darien and Greenwich near the top.

Ridgefield topped No. 4 Fairfield Prep to start the season, then fell to Xavier; both games went to overtime. New Canaan beat No. 9 Notre Dame-West Haven for starters, then shut out No. 5 Hamden. Ridgefield and New Canaan meet Friday; in the meantime, the Tigers face Notre Dame-West Haven on Wednesday, and New Canaan meets rival Darien (at No. 10 after losses to No. 5 Hamden and Fairfield Prep) on Tuesday.

We’ll stubbornly stick with the preseason order and keep No. 6 Notre Dame-Fairfield a shade ahead of No. 7 Northwest Catholic; the Lancers tied Iona Prep in their season debut, and they’re next off to Maine for the St. Dominic Academy Christmas Classic. The Lions opened 3-0, including a win over Simsbury, which was coming off a win over Notre Dame-West Haven.

No. 8 Greenwich came back from its loss to Xavier to beat St. Joseph. It’ll meet Hamden on Tuesday and Darien on Thursday.

Leaving it outside the top 10 might well be unfair to Simsbury, which nonetheless opened the season with a loss to Division II South Windsor before that win over Notre Dame. We’ll have an eye on the Trojans.

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