Connecticut Boys Division 1 Top 8
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The last week in Connecticut Division 1 boys hockey was one in which all of the head-to-head results fell neatly into place, making for some fairly easy decisions in the latest Hockey Night in Boston rankings.
Even though Notre Dame-West Haven ended the week with a tough overtime loss to Central Catholic in Massachusetts, the Green Knights made their statement earlier with a win over Xavier, and retain their No. 1 spot.
Despite the loss, Xavier is an easy call to stay at No. 2. The Falcons started the week with a win over New Canaan and ended it with a tie in Rhode Island against LaSalle.
The movement begins at No. 3, as Darien bumps up a spot this week thanks to its win over New Canaan. The Blue Wave are heating up, also beating Greenwich earlier in the week.
No. 4 New Canaan did salvage the week will with wins over Ridgefield and FairfieldWarde/Ludlowe sandwiching the Darien defeat.
For No. 5 Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe, the loss to New Canaan was a downer to end a week in which the Mustangs already had secured victories over St. Joseph, Watertown-Pomperaug and Ridgefield.
The toughest call was at No. 6, but Fairfield Prep gets the nod this week despite not facing any Connecticut competition. The Jesuits beat Mount St. Charles, topped Bishop Hendricken to advance to the final of the Pope Francis Invitational before falling to the host school.
No. 7 Northwest Catholic also was in the Pope Francis tournament, but dropped both of its games – to the host school, and then against Bishop Hendricken in the consolation game. The Lions did beat D2 South Windsor to open the week.
No. 8 Ridgefield dropped below .500, but with the losses coming to a pair of ranked teams ahead of them (New Canaan, Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe), the Tigers hold on to the final spot.
Some huge games dot the schedule this week as ND-West Haven visits both Darien (Friday, 1:40 p.m.) and Fairfield Prep (Saturday, 4, Wonderland of Ice).
Darien also hosts Ridgefield on Wednesday (7:50), and Xavier is at Northwest Catholic (Sunday, 6:20, ISCC). Looking ahead to next Monday, New Canaan is at Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe (8:30, Wonderland of Ice).