Connecticut Boys Division 1 Top 8
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After a busy week of high school hockey in Connecticut, the same eight teams make up the new Hockey Night in Boston Division 1 rankings – but only one team is in the same place as a week ago.
Start at No. 1, where Notre Dame-West Haven continued to impress with three wins last week. Only Immaculate was a CIAC opponent, but the Green Knights were solid in also defeating Rhode Island powers Mount St. Charles and Bishop Hendricken.
No. 2 Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe continues to beat everyone in its path. This time it was a sweep of West Haven, Trumbull and Ridgefield for the 8-0-0 Mustangs.
Xavier makes a big leap up to No. 3 thanks to its three wins last week, following up Notre Dame-Fairfield with takedowns of ranked opponents Northwest Catholic and Darien.
Speaking of Darien, the Blue Wave slip a spot to No. 4 after also beating New Canaan and Westhill-Stamford.
New Canaan finally fell out of the No. 1 perch it had enjoyed for much of the season. In addition to suffering their first loss to Darien, the Rams also tied Barrington (R.I.) and beat St. Joseph.
No. 6 Fairfield Prep is the lone team staying put this week after the Jesuits beat ND-Fairfield in their only game action.
No. 7 Ridgefield hit some bumps, falling to Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe and Greenwich, and salvaging the week with a win over West Haven.
At No. 8 is Northwest Catholic, which dropped a spot after losing to Xavier in its only game a week ago.
The shuffle could continue this week with a number of big games on the schedule. Ridgefield meets ND-West Haven on Wednesday, and Darien has a showdown with Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe. Darien also square off with Ridgefield on Saturday.