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Connecticut HS Boys Hockey – Final Division 1 Top 8: Fairfield Prep Edges Out Notre Dame-West Haven

Connecticut Boys Division 1 Final Top 8

RankTeam*PRWLT
1Fairfield Prep11111
2Notre Dame-West Haven21121
3Darien4742
4New Canaan7861
5Greenwich61050
6Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe3841
7Northwest CatholicNR1012
8Xavier 5851

The scheduled Southern Connecticut Conference/South West Conference Division 1 championship game between Fairfield Prep and Notre Dame-West Haven was canceled because of COVID protocols, and the two teams were declared co-champions.

But Hockey Night in Boston has the luxury of using a full season of games to determine its end-of-season rankings. For that, we’re going to continue to give the nod to Fairfield Prep. The Jesuits rolled following a season-opening loss to New Canaan, going unbeaten in their last 12 games. Included in that was a win and tie in the season series with ND.

ND-West Haven’s only other loss came late in the season to a Greenwich team that got hot down the stretch. But the overall body of work favors the Green Knights finishing as the No. 2 team overall.

From there, the list can go in any number of directions. But we’ll give the slightest of nods to Darien for the No. 3 spot. The Blue Wave did lose their final game to New Canaan in the FCIAC tournament, but it was an overtime battle, and the teams went 1-1-1 in their three meetings. Darien did fare well against tough competition throughout the abbreviated season, and gets the edge.

That puts New Canaan at No. 4. The Rams were highly ranked entering the season and had the opening win over Fairfield Prep before hitting a rough stretch mid-season. But they bounced back late and won the FCIAC Division 1 championship.

Greenwich set up its stretch run with a win over ND-West Haven before falling just short against New Canaan in the FCIAC final, so the Cardinals check in at No. 5.

Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe was the talk of the state for much of the season, but the Mustangs stumbled at the end, including three losses to Greenwich. Despite a late win over New Canaan, FWL finishes at No. 6.

A new entry to the rankings is No. 7 Northwest Catholic, which capped a one-loss season by winning the CCC North championship. The Lions also took down Xavier in the final weeks.

Xavier rounds out the rankings at No. 8. In addition to the loss to Northwest Catholic, the Falcons also fell to ND-West Haven in the SCC/SWC tournament.

Jim Clark

Jim Clark

Jim Clark has covered Massachusetts high school hockey for three decades, and joins Hockey Night in Boston for the 2019-20 season. Previously he was the lead high school hockey writer for 19 years for the Boston Herald, where he also worked full-time on the copy desk in the sports department and served as the paper's 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 and reporter for the Sentinel & Enterprise in Fitchburg, Mass.
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