Connecticut HS Boys Hockey – Division 1 Top 8: New Canaan Holds Top Spot; Three Ranked Showdowns On Schedule This Week

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

1New Canaan1402
2Notre Dame-West Haven4420
4Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe5500
6Fairfield Prep3340
7Northwest Catholic7512
8Xavier 8430

The race in Connecticut Division 1 in the Hockey Night in Boston rankings got interesting last week, with some tough matchups between top-8 teams and some strong out-of-state tests.

New Canaan didn’t get through unscathed, following up a solid win over Greenwich with a tie against Ridgefield. But with some of the other results across the state last week, it was enough to keep the Rams in the top spot for another week. Keep an eye on a huge showdown Wednesday against Darien, with a potentially tricky follow-up the next day against St. Joseph.

Notre Dame-West Haven had the statement win of the week, knocking off Fairfield Prep, and that moves the Green Knights to No. 2. After facing Immaculate on Wednesday, NDWH takes on Mount St. Charles on Saturday.

No. 3 Darien certainly knows what it’s like to go against the iron of Rhode Island, having dropped a weekend pair against Bishop Hendricken and LaSalle. The Blue Wave certainly can make a statement Wednesday against New Canaan, and also face Westhill-Stamford on Saturday.

No. 4 Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe continues to make its way up the list. The Mustangs grinded out a win over St. Joseph, and have a busy week with West Haven (Monday), Ridgefield (Wednesday) and Trumbull (Saturday).

Speaking of Ridgefield, the No. 5 Tigers continued their strong play this season. They also gutted out a win over St. Joseph in addition to the tie with New Canaan. Wednesday’s game against Fairfield/Warde Ludlowe is a good one, and the Tigers also face Greenwich on Saturday.

The loss to ND-West Haven bumps Fairfield Prep down to No. 6. The Jesuits are a game under .500, and will have to wait until Saturday vs. ND-Fairfield to try to pull even.

No. 7 Northwest Catholic got a tie (Wethersfield) and win (Farmington Valley) against a pair of D2 opponents. But they will try to make a statement Saturday against No. 8 Xavier. The Falcons beat Immaculate and lost in overtime to Barrington (R.I.). Before facing the Lions, Xavier takes on ND-Fairfield on Wednesday.

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