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Connecticut HS Hockey: Division I Top Ten Poll

Connecticut Division 1 Boys Poll

RankTeam WLT
1Hamden200
2Darien210
3Fairfield Prep320
4New Canaan220
5Notre Dame (WH)410
6Simsbury310
7Notre Dame (F)220
8Glastonbury220
9Ridgefield220
10West Haven310

*updated 12/30/13

 

Precisely one team, Fairfield Prep, made it through the Connecticut season unbeaten against state competition last year.

 

We’re but two and a half weeks into the new year, and only two of the 16 teams in Division I still have a chance to lay that claim this year. They’re both a bit of a surprise, though in their way, perhaps, not really.

 

One is No. 1 Hamden. And, after all, Hamden’s Hamden, the traditional state public-school powerhouse of the 20th century. Still, after losing lots of talent to graduation and prep school, a slow start wouldn’t have been a shocker. Nope: The Green Dragons start off with statement wins over the FCIAC’s best, No. 2 Darien (4-2) and No. 4 New Canaan (5-2) before a long break. They’re next at it on Jan. 4 against St. Joseph.

 

The other unbeaten is East Haven, whose early-season schedule has the bulk of its Division II and Division III opponents. Through the first quarter of their season, though, the Yellowjackets — who expected to improve on last year’s 8-12-1 mark — were 5-0 and had outscored opponents 27-5. Still, the only DI team in there was winless Greenwich. STILL, they beat Greenwich 6-0.

 

No. 5 Notre Dame-West Haven shook off an opening-night overtime loss to New Canaan with a winning streak, including the title in the West Haven Holiday Tournament. The Green Knights beat No. 8 Glastonbury 5-1 in the championship game. One of its big ones comes Saturday, though: No. 3 Fairfield Prep, in Bridgeport.

 

The West Haven tournament brought together a lot of big names in the state and tossed in some interesting results, including a 4-2 West Haven win over No. 7 Notre Dame-Fairfield and Glastonbury’s 2-1 win over No. 9 Ridgefield, which rebounded to beat Xavier 4-2.

 

Fairfield Prep, meanwhile, after a 1-0 loss to Darien, took two out of three at the Mount St. Charles holiday tournament, giving up a third-period lead to lose to Bishop Hendricken in its opener before beating Franklin, MA, and the host team (4-0 on Chris Gutierrez’s 21-save shutout).

Michael Fornabaio

Michael Fornabaio

Michael writes for Hockey Night in Boston, covers the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for the Connecticut Post, and once covered the Beast of New Haven. He grew up at the New Haven Coliseum. Story, blog links @BSTSoundinOff blog.ctnews.com/fornabaio.
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