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Connecticut HS Boys Hockey – Division 1 Top 8: Little Movement As Fairfield Prep, ND-West Haven Hold Their Ground After Tie

Connecticut Boys Division 1 Top 8

RankTeam*PRWLT
1Fairfield Prep11011
2Notre Dame-West Haven2811
3Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe3711
4Darien4532
5Xavier 6731
6Greenwich5540
7New Canaan7551
8Ridgefield8470

When the top teams in the rankings square off on the ice, and fail to settle things, there’s no reason to make any changes.

So it is that Fairfield Prep and Notre Dame-West Haven hold the Nos. 1 and 2 spots, respectively, once again in this week’s Hockey Night in Boston Connecticut Division 1 rankings. NDWH was close to being in position to move back to the top, before Mason Whitney’s late extra-attacker goal rallied the Jesuits to the 2-2 draw.

It will be tough to find much difference between the teams this week, since Fairfield Prep has no scheduled games. Meanwhile, the Green Knights do face West Haven and Greenwich.

The interesting question arose as No. 3. Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe did finally suffer its first loss of the season against Ridgefield, while Darien posted wins against Greenwich and New Canaan. But it was hard to ignore that FWL did post a win and a tie head-to-head not too long ago, so the Mustangs get rewarded for their season-long body of work and hold the No. 3 spot, with the Blue Wave staying at No. 4.

Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe has another challenging week, visiting New Canaan with a home-and-home vs. Greenwich. Darien takes on Ridgefield and St. Joseph.

There is some movement in the rankings this week. After flipping spots a week ago, Xavier is back at No. 5 after a mixed bag — the Falcons beat ND-Fairfield and West Haven, lost to ND-West Haven and tied Northwest Catholic. But Greenwich, which slips back to No. 6, was upset by St. Joseph in addition to losing to Darien. The Cardinals did salvage things by beating Westhill/Stamford.

Xavier faces Northwest Catholic again this week, and Greenwich has the matchups with ND-West Haven and the Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe double-dip.

New Canaan remains at No. 7 after beating No. 8 Ridgefield and falling to Darien. The Rams have only the Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe game on the docket.

Meanwhile, Ridgefield holds the No. 8 spot thanks to the win over FWL.

Jim Clark

Jim Clark

Jim Clark has covered Massachusetts high school hockey for three decades, and joins Hockey Night in Boston for the 2019-20 season. Previously he was the lead high school hockey writer for 19 years for the Boston Herald, where he also worked full-time on the copy desk in the sports department and served as the paper's 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 and reporter for the Sentinel & Enterprise in Fitchburg, Mass.
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