New Canaan hammers No. 1 Darien to win FCIAC hockey championship

STAMFORD >> Jack O’Rourke scored two goals and had two assists as No. 6-ranked New Canaan toppled No. 1 Darien 5-2 to win the FCIAC Hockey championship Saturday at Terry Conners Rink in Stamford.

New Canaan goaltender Mac Wright won the game’s MVP. It’s the 18th FCIAC hockey championship for New Canaan, the 10th under longtime coach Bo Hickey.

“All year, Darien’s been the favorite in all the rankings, all the standings,” O’Rourke told the New Canaan Advertiser. “We lost to them early in the year and we didn’t perform in that game. It feels good to have everyone come in expecting you to lose and to show them what you’re made of.”

Tommy Waters scored first to give Darien a 1-0 lead after the first period. New Canaan took the lead for good on back-to-back goals by Peter Reinhardt and O’Rourke, scored just 13 seconds apart.

Drew Morris upped the ante for New Canaan with a goal just 13 seconds into the third period. Darien got within 3-2 on Owen Koorbusch’s goal midway through the third, but Henry Stanton responded and O’Rourke cashed in on an empty-netter to seal the title.

NEW CANAAN 0 2 3 — 5
DARIEN 1 0 1 — 2

Goals: First period: D–Tommy Waters (Koorbusch), 11:48. Second Period: NC–Peter Reinhardt (pp), 10:07; NC–Jack O’Rourke (Drew Morris, Patrick Hompe), 10:26. Third Period: NC–Morris (O’Rourke), 0:13; D–Owen Koorbusch (Waters), 7:03; NC–Henry Stanton (O’Rourke), 10:42; NC–O’Rourke (Hompe), 13:40.
Shots — NC: 24; D: 26
Saves — NC: Mac Wright 24; D–Michael Colon 19
Records — New Canaan 18-4-1; Darien 19-3-1


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