Final GameTimeCT / Register Hockey Top 10 Poll: Prep wins D-I title, earns top spot

Fairfield Prep celebrates their 2-1 win in overtime against Darien in the CIAC Division I Final at Ingalls Rink in New Haven on 3/22/2014.

Fairfield Prep celebrates their 2-1 win in overtime against Darien in the CIAC Division I Final at Ingalls Rink in New Haven on 3/22/2014.

The 2013-14 Register/GameTimeCT Top 10 hockey poll compiled by Dan Nowak.

Team (Record)(First-place votes)…………………………..Points………Last

1. Fairfield  Prep (16-4-3) (16)…………………………………….169……4

Final result: Defeated Darien 2-1 (OT) in CIAC Division I state championship.
Bottom line: Prep won its second straight D-I title and 16th state title overall.

2. Darien  (22-4-1) (1)……………………………………………….152……2

Final result: Lost to Fairfield Prep 2-1 (OT) in Division I state championship.
Bottom line: Blue Wave’s  body of work impressive this season, but lost in both FCIAC and state tournaments.

3. Notre Dame-Fairfield (18-5-1)……………………………….131……1

Final result: Lost to Darien 3-1 in Division I semifinals.
Bottom line: Darien snapped the red-hot Lancers’ 11-game win streak.

4. Notre Dame-West Haven (15-7-2)………………   ……….126……3

Final result: Lost to Fairfield Prep 4-3 (OT) in Division I semifinals.
Bottom line: Solid season overall for first-year coach Tim Belcher, who took over for Bill Gerosa.

5. New Canaan (18-4-1)……………………………………………91…….5

Final result: Lost to Notre Dame-West Haven 2-0 in Division I quarterfinals.
Bottom line: Impressive season for Rams, whose highlight was winning FCIAC tournament title against Darien.

6. Glastonbury  (17-7)……………………………………………….68…..8

Final result: Lost to Fairfield Prep 4-3 in Division I quarterfinals .
Bottom line: The Tomahawks were one of the top teams in northern Connecticut all season.

7. East Haven (17-5)…………………………………………………55……7

Final result: Lost to Notre Dame-Fairfield 11-1 in Division I quarterfinals  .
Bottom line:  Easties were ranked in Top 10 all season thanks to its high-scoring first line .

8. Ridgefield (17-6)………………………………………………….51……6

Final result: Lost to South Windsor 2-1 (OT) in Division I first round..
Bottom line: The Tigers had a solid season thanks in part to solid forward Sam Sarath .

9. Hand (14-10)…………………………………………………….29……NR

Final result: Defeated Amity 5-4 in Division II state championship .
Bottom line: Hand clicked at the right time in state tournament, outscoring opponents 18-8 .

10. Amity (17-9)…………………………………………………….15……NR

Final result: Lost to Hand 5-4 in Division II state championship .
Bottom line: Interim coach Mike Richetelli did a solid job as head coach Gary Lindgren battled (beat) cancer .

Dropped out: West Haven (9), East Catholkic (10).
First-place votes in parentheses and points tabulated on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis.

Others receiving votes: West Haven (11-9-1) 12; South Windsor (9-11-2) 11; Newtown (18-5-3) and Xavier (7-11-2) 9; E.O. Smith/Tolland (17-6-1) 3; Hamden (6-14-1) 2; East Catholic (16-6-1) and Milford (13-9-1) 1.

The following media voted: Mary Albl, Fairfield Minuteman; Matt Conyers, Hartford Courant; Don Boyle, SportingNewsCT.com; Dan Nowak, New Haven Register; Mike Madera, Elm City Newspapers; Greg Lederer, Cheshire Herald; George “Coach” DeMaio, 960-WELI; Jim Stout, MaxPreps.com Northeast Regional writer-editor, John Nash, The Hour of Norwalk; Peter Vander Veer, Hersam Acorn Publications; Mike Fornabaio, Connecticut Post.

The following coaches voted: Shaun Gallagher, Ridgefield; Matt Sather, Fairfield Prep; Ken Barse, Glastonbury; Tim Belcher, Notre Dame-West Haven; Sal Follo, Milford; Larry Vieira, Immaculate/New Fairfield.

Poll compiled by: Dan Nowak

Comments

  1. jlgallacher says

    that was quite a game. It’s hard to beat a team 3 times in one season and a very talented Darien team had a tough task ahead of them. The top 4 teams in the state play a tough schedule in and out of state and my congratulations go out to all of the teams on this list for working hard and giving all of us something great to see and cheer for.

    • Hockey follower says

      Hand lost to a lot of teams in the regular season, but really turned it on in the playoffs. This ranking showed the teams at the end of the season. East haven also played a lot of crap teams to boost their record.

  2. Ct Fan says

    Hand also played EH in the beginning of the season and put up 5 on them. Usually when you put up 5 goals you win and if Hand played EH later in the season I can 100% gautentee you that it would have been much closer than 8-5 score. Giving up 5 goals to Hand that early on in the season was a sign that even if EH had a great regular season they would still get blown out in the playoffs

    • Hockey fan says

      Ct Fan— The only people that should be ashamed of that lost were the NDF coaching staff.
      Leaving their “dogs out” until the final few minutes. No excuses for EH that was a terrible showing, but no class on NDF. The EH boys didn’t make the schedule they just played it.
      Remember they are just kids doing what they love to do. So BACK OFF

        • proud parent says

          Glad my kid is done with the CIAC … what a joke look at the all-state and all star teams…Looks like “Daddy ball”

          Public or private is not the problem its the people running the sport in Ct. Its all about who you know in this state. It should be about talent. If a kid chooses to take on the challenge of private school to better his chances of playing with kids striving for the same thing and have the talent to do so,they should be respected for that. Just like the kid who chooses to stay in their hometown and play for his school knowing that the talent pool is weak should also be respected.

          I can only hope for two things, CIAC folds or my grand kids play in a different state.

  3. HSsportsfan says

    If you have to keep bringing up NDF scoring so high on EH, here are some facts: 6 different players scored in that game, so it’s not the same “dogs”. NDF plays all 3 of their lines. Here are some other high scoring games, beside NDF, including EH. Are you going to stop complaining now, weeks after the fact?

    North Haven vs. Brookfield/Bethel/Danbury 10-0
    Glastonbury vs. Farmington/Avon/Windsor 9-1
    East Haven vs. Stamford 9-1
    Ridgefield @ Norwalk/McMahon 9-1
    Milford vs. Brookfield/Bethel/Danbury 8-1

  4. DT16 says

    An East Haven fan talking about no class is funny considering they wrote the book. Not too mention, EH had no problem putting up 9 on Stamford, 7 on Westhill or 10 on Hamden. But NDF should have called off the dogs huh? Cant nelp it that your goalie was awful.

  5. SCC Runs The State says

    also to add to this argument… hand beat nfa 12-0 and even though solin and braumann had 9 goals combined, hand still played all FIVE of their lines including freshman who had played c level bantams the year before. So just because you claim notre dame left their “top dogs out” they still were playing all their lines it was just every little chance they got was a goal…

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