NE Girls Hockey: Connecticut HS teams flourishing

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The state of Connecticut now fields a total of 19 girls varsity hockey teams, split into two conferences.

The Southern Connecticut Conference, or SCC, is split up into a Division I league and a Division II league. The Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference, or FCIAC, is one 8-team division.

Morgan Peters East Catholic
Morgan Peters
East Catholic

Currently, the state’s top two ranked teams, according to ctgirlshshockey.com, are the East Catholic/Glastonbury/South Windsor co-op (8-0-1 league, 14-1-3 overall) and Simsbury HS (7-0-1 league, 14-1-1 overall). Both teams are in the SCC Division I league and are scheduled to face off Wednesday afternoon in a huge match with league title implications.

The two teams tied earlier in the season. Simsbury is the defending Connecticut girls state champion.

East Catholic has ventured to Massachusetts to play a couple of non-league games against the Bay State’s top clubs, tying Notre Dame of Hingham (5-5) and dropping a 3-0 decision this past Saturday to Arlington Catholic, one of the top programs in Massachusetts.

Hamden HS is third in the SCC Division I with a 5-3 league mark (12-3-0 overall).

Amity, Guilford and Hall/Conard also participate in the SCC Division I field.

Gianna Bruno New Canaan
Gianna Bruno
New Canaan

On the Division II side, Branford (11-2-0 overall) has established itself as the frontrunner and heading into Tuesday the only team in the loop above .500. Daniel Hand is 3-3, both West Haven and Notre Dame of Fairifeld are 2-4, and Lauralton Hall is 1-4.

The FCIAC frontrunner is Darien, a perfect 11-0-0 in league play (13-2-0 overall). The Blue Wave suffered one of their two non-league losses to East Catholic (2-1), but did hand Simsbury it only loss of the season. (3-2). They are currently ranked #3.

Stamford/Westhill/Staples (13-3-0 overall), Ridgefield (10-6-0 overall) and New Canaan (9-5-1 overall) all have winning seasons in the FCIAC.

Other teams in that league are Fairfield, Greenwich, Trumbull and Wilton.

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