Connecticut HS Hockey – CIAC Division 1 State Final: Notre Dame-West Haven Puts Finishing Touches On Great Season; Green Knights Down New Canaan, 4-1

Doug Bonjour
Doug Bonjour
Doug Bonjour joined Hockey Night in Boston in November 2022. He has covered high school and college sports in Connecticut for more than a decade, including stints as the UConn women’s basketball and UConn football beat reporter for Hearst Connecticut Media. During his time reporting on the 11-time national champion Huskies, he covered three NCAA Final Fours. He previously was a general assignment reporter for GameTimeCT and the Connecticut Post, and covered high school sports statewide, including boys hockey. Prior to that he was the managing/sports editor for the Westport News and Norwalk Citizen community weekly newspapers. He also has written for the Associated Press and New York Times. He graduated from Hofstra University in 2008 with a degree in print journalism.

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Notre Dame-West Haven will end the season in the same place it started: No. 1 in the state.

The Green Knights did what they set out to do, capturing the CIAC Division I title with a 4-1 victory over New Canaan on Tuesday at Quinnipiac University’s M&T Bank Arena.

“Just played our game,” goalie Layne Jackson said via GameTimeCT. “No nerves, no nothing. We already knew we were going to win this game.”

Notre Dame-West Haven’s Mickey Dowd celebrates his goal that put the Green Knights up 1-0 in the CIAC Divsion 1 state final. (Photo by Chris Eadevito/CT HS Hockey Report)

James Mascari had two goals, including an empty-netter to put the finishing touches on ND-WH’s second state title in three seasons and ninth all-time.

The Green Knights — seeded second but ranked #1 in the HNIB News Connecticut Division I Top 8 since the preseason — were 14-0 against CIAC opponents and 19-4-2 overall.

“We wanted to go undefeated in the state, and we wanted to go undefeated in the states,” coach Larry Viera told GameTimeCT. “We just have a bunch of kids that accept their role. They’re not about glitter. They’re not about headlines. They just want to punch the clock and go to work.”

ND-WH controlled play throughout. Mickey Dowd scored late in the first period to open the scoring, and Nate Marczak doubled the Green Knights’ lead 1:29 into the second. The Green Knights led 3-0 after two, with Mascari accounting for the other goal.

With Jackson (24 saves) standing tall in net, it was all but over for New Canaan.

The Rams — seeded first and ranked #2 in the HNIB News Connecticut Division I Top 8 — finished 23-3, with two of those losses coming to ND-WH. They are now 1-11 all-time in the state finals, a runner-up in each of their last nine appearances. Their only championship came in 1972.

New Canaan broke Jackson’s shutout bid late in the third, with Brayden Robie scoring on the power-play off an assist from Max Lowe. But that’s all the Rams would get.

Mason Pickering finished with 22 saves for New Canaan. 

** Featured image courtesy of Chris Eadevito of the Connecticut HS Hockey Report

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