Connecticut HS Boys Hockey – Division 1 Top 8: ND-West Haven Climbs To Top; Fairfield HS, Xavier On The Move

Jim Clark
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 Top 8

1Notre Dame-West Haven2720
2Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe4800
8Xavier 8730
5New Canaan1513
6Fairfield Prep6440
8Northwest Catholic7522

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.

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