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Final Connecticut D1 Top 10: State champ Ridgefield won 23 of last 24 games

Connecticut Division I Poll

2Northwest Catholic32141
3New Canaan21951
4Notre Dame (West Haven)41381
5Fairfield Prep512100
7West Haven81670
10Suffield/Granby/Windsor Locks101580

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.

The Lions made their first Division I final, too, beating a solid No. 3 New Canaan team in the semifinals after winning the CCC North tournament. The Rams were runners-up to Ridgefield in the FCIAC.

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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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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