Connecticut HS Boys Hockey – Division 1 Top 8: Notre Dame-West Haven Holds Steady; Xavier Edges Out New Canaan

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 Haven11020
2Xavier 21040
3New Canaan3933
5Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe41120
6Northwest Catholic8922
7Fairfield Prep6750

Notre Dame-West Haven kept its hold on the No. 1 spot in the Hockey Night in Boston Connecticut Division 1 rankings after a week in which the Green Knights didn’t play a single opponent from the Nutmeg State. They weren’t off the ice completely, venturing up to Massachusetts for a victory against Bishop Fenwick.

Xavier remains in the No. 2 spot despite being upset by unranked Simsbury to open the week. That’s because the Falcons were able to bounce back strong with a win over No. 3 New Canaan.

As for the Rams? They were able to follow up the Xavier loss by beating Greenwich on Monday to hold their spot for another week.

But Darien moves up to No. 4 thanks to a win over Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe, which flips spots with the Blue Wave and drops to No. 5. The Mustangs did earn a win earlier in the week against Westhill-Stamford.

New No. 6 Northwest Catholic continues to impress, scoring wins over both Glastonbury and Greenwich.

The Nos. 7 and 8 spots were settled fairly easily in a head-to-head matchup between Fairfield Prep and Ridgefield. The Jesuits came away on top and with the No. 7 spot, leaving No. 8 to Ridgefield. The Tigers also scored a win over Greenwich to balance out the week.

The action heats up immediately this week with a Tuesday matinee between the state’s top two teams – ND-West Haven and Xavier at Champions Skating Rink in Cromwell (3:40 p.m.). New Canaan also treks to Ridgefield for a late-night matchup Wednesday, and is at Darien on Saturday, while Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe goes to Ridgefield on Saturday.

Keep an eye on the action in Massachusetts this week. Not only does ND-West Haven return to the Bay State for a Saturday matchup with Central Catholic, but Fairfield Prep and Northwest Catholic head up I-91 to take part in the Pope Francis Invitational along with the host Cardinals and Bishop Hendricken.

Looking ahead to next Monday, four of this week’s top five teams will be matched up head to head – Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe vs. New Canaan, and ND-West Haven vs. Darien.

Here is the full schedule for top-10 teams this week:

Tuesday – Notre Dame-West Haven at Xavier (3:40, Champions); St. Joseph at Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe (8:30, Wonderland).

Wednesday – Northwest Catholic at South Windsor (3:10, South Windsor); Watertown-Pomperaug at Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe (4:15, Wonderland); Greenwich at Darien (7:50, Darien); New Canaan at Ridgefield (8:30, Ridgefield).

Friday – Fairfield Prep vs. Bishop Hendricken, R.I. (6, Olympia); Northwest Catholic at Pope Francis, MA (7:30, Olympia).

Saturday – La Salle, RI at Xavier (1:10, Champions); New Canaan at Darien (4:20, Darien); Fairfield Prep vs. TBA (Olympia); Northwest Catholic vs. TBA (Olympia); Notre Dame-West Haven at Central Catholic, MA (7:50, ICenter); Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe at Ridgefield (8:30, Ridgefield).

Sunday – Xavier at Smithfield, RI (1, Smithfield).

Monday – Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe at New Canaan, 6 (Darien); Notre Dame-West Haven at Darien (TBA, Stamford)

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