Connecticut HS Boys Hockey – Division 1 Final Top 8: State Champion Notre Dame-West Haven Finishes In No. 1 Spot

Jim Clark
Jim Clark joined Hockey Night in Boston in December 2019, and has covered high school hockey in Massachusetts for more than three decades. He also covers high school hockey and is a multiplatform editor for the Boston Globe, and previously spent two decades as high school hockey reporter at the Boston Herald, where he also served as the high schools editor from 2000-06. Clark was honored by the Mass. State Hockey Coaches Association with its William Stewart Award for contributions to the sport in May 2019, and also received the Joel Perlmutter Award for media coverage in 2006. A graduate of UMass, he also spent eight years as sports editor/reporter at the Sentinel & Enterprise in Fitchburg, and has extensively covered high school hockey in Central and Western Mass. as well as Connecticut.

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Connecticut Boys Division 1 Final Top 8

RankTeam*PRWLT
1Notre Dame-West Haven11940
2Darien21481
3Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe31730
4New Canaan41463
5Fairfield Prep51380
6Northwest Catholic61552
7Xavier 71471
8RidgefieldNR10111

The CIAC Division 1 boys’ hockey tournament crowned its first champion since 2019, and did little to shake up the final Hockey Night in Boston rankings.

It wasn’t an easy road for #1 Notre Dame-West Haven, but the Green Knights lived up to their billing as the top seed and skated off with the program’s first state championship since 2012.

#2 Darien gave NDWH all it could handle in the championship game, despite being the #6 seed in the bracket.

The big question that remains is how #3 Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe would have fared had the co-op program been eligible for the postseason.

#4 New Canaan advanced to the semifinals before falling to ND-West Haven. Included in that run for the Rams was a quarterfinal win over Fairfield Prep, which wraps up the season at #5.

Northwest Catholic finishes a solid season as the #6 team. The Lions dropped a tight one-goal game to Darien in the quarterfinals.

At #7, Xavier surged to the semifinals out of the #2 seed before losing to Darien.

The lone change in the final rankings is the re-entry of Ridgefield at #8. The Tigers gave NDWH a battle in dropping a 2-1 decision in the quarterfinals.

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