Connecticut HS Division 1 Top 10: Fairfield Prep No. 1 Again, But Rematch With No. 2 Darien Looms

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 10

1Fairfield Prep3741
3Notre Dame West Haven2940
4New Canaan41011
5Xavier 6641
9Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe9950
10Notre Dame-FairfieldNR661

It certainly hasn’t been a dominant 2019-20 season for Fairfield Prep, but the Jesuits make their return to the top spot in the HNIB News Connecticut Division 1 rankings for the third different time this season.

The key for Fairfield Prep was a decisive win against Notre Dame-West Haven, allowing the Jesuits to leapfrog both the Green Knights and Darien, which dropped from the top spot to No. 2. The Blue Wave hit a rough patch this past weekend with losses to Connecticut powers Bishop Hendricken and LaSalle, the latter in overtime.

Notre Dame-West Haven dropped to No. 3 in the rankings.

No. 4 New Canaan beat Trumbull and also tied Xavier, which is up a spot to No. 5. Greenwich and Ridgefield also got a bump, while Simsbury tumbled to No. 8 with its loss to Northwest Catholic.

Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe holds the No. 9 spot again while Notre Dame-Fairfield re-enters the rankings after beating last week’s No. 10, West Haven.

There’s no question what is the marquee game this week as Darien welcomes Fairfield Prep on Wednesday (6, Wonderland of Ice). The Blue Wave won the last meeting two weeks ago, giving them temporary hold on the top spot.

Darien also hosts New Canaan on Saturday (3:50, Darien Ice House), while Notre Dame-West Haven is at Xavier on Wednesday (7, Bennett). On Tuesday, Greenwich visits Ridgefield (4:30, Dorothy Hamill).

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