Connecticut Division I Poll
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Other teams looked like the team to beat early. Other teams made runs late. The most consistent team in Connecticut all season? Ridgefield, the Division I state champion for the first time, topping Hockey Night in Boston’s Connecticut Division I rankings after a 6-2 win over No. 2 Northwest Catholic in the CIAC final. The Tigers, unbeaten in the FCIAC, won both postseason tournaments they played and 23 of their last 24 games.
While those teams made up a pretty easy top three, the rest of the ranking got complicated. No. 4 Notre Dame-West Haven won lots of big games, then lost to Glastonbury in the state tournament. No. 5 Fairfield Prep beat Ridgefield in the regular season and took the Tigers to overtime in the postseason while losing twice to Notre Dame. No. 6 Hamden won the SCC championship over Notre Dame after late-season losses to both Prep and the Green Knights.
No. 7 West Haven put together a nice season with wins over Fairfield and No. 8 Xavier in the state tournament; it’s no secret we were on the Xavier bandwagon most of the year, but the Falcons slumped to a 1-4 finish. No. 9 Simsbury and No. 10 Suffield/Granby/Windsor Locks fell in the first round of the tournament after solid seasons.
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