Connecticut HS Boys Hockey – Division 1 Top 8: ND-West Haven Stays On Top; Hamden New Entry In Week Of Big Shakeup

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 Haven11440
3Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe51730
4New Canaan41253
5Fairfield Prep61170
6Northwest Catholic71242
7Xavier 21161

After the previous week in which the Hockey Night in Boston Connecticut Division 1 rankings fell neatly into place, chaos took over on the ice.

Notre Dame-West Haven was one team that took care of business … for the most part. The Green Knights rolled to wins over Greenfield, Darien and Fairfield Prep and clearly cemented themselves as the No. 1 team. It wasn’t a perfect week, as NDWH lost to Malden Catholic, but three of the Knights’ four losses this season are vs. Massachusetts teams.

Darien is next in line to move up to No. 2. The Blue Wave did drop their game against ND-West Haven, but that came in between wins against Ridgefield and St. Joseph.

Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe moves up to No. 3 after sweeping its opposition last week – including a key victory over New Canaan. The Mustangs also took down Lyman Hall and Greenwich.

That drops New Canaan to No. 4, as the Rams also had a victory against Notre Dame-Fairfield.

New No. 5 Fairfield Prep sandwiched the ND-West Haven loss with victories over ND-Fairfield and Immaculate.

Northwest Catholic bumps up to No. 6 with a pair of wins, the key one against Xavier. The Lions also knocked off a strong D2 Wethersfield.

It’s quite the tumble to No. 7 for Xavier, but the Falcons are in a 1-2-1 rut and haven’t beaten a Connecticut team since Feb. 5 vs. New Canaan.

This week’s biggest change comes with Hamden at No. 8, the first new entry into the rankings since early in the season. The Green Dragons bumped Ridgefield out of the rankings and also edged Immaculate.

Two key head-to-head games dot the schedule this week as teams are jockeying for playoff position heading down the stretch. Darien travels to ND-West Haven on Wednesday (8:00, Bennett) for a rematch of their game last week, while Hamden takes on Fairfield Prep on Saturday (4:00, Wonderland of Ice).

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