The 2013-14 preseason Register/GameTimeCT Top 10 hockey poll compiled by Dan Nowak.
Team (Record)(First-place votes) Points; 2013 poll finish
1. Fairfield Prep (23-1) (16)…160 pts…1st
Last game: Defeated Notre Dame-West Haven 3-2 in CIAC D-I championship.
Season opener: At Ridgefield (Winter Garden Arena), Wednesday, 5:10 p.m.
Bottom line: Solid goaltending plus talented forwards/defenders equals another special season for the Jesuits.
2. Notre Dame-WH (18-6-1)…125 pts…2nd
Last game: Lost 3-2 to Fairfield Prep in D-I championship.
Season opener: Hosts New Canaan Wednesday (Bennett Rink), 4 p.m.
Bottom line: Another typical strong season is expected with scoring a strength for new coach Tim Belcher.
3. Darien (19-4-2)……… 116 points ….. 4th
Last game: Lost 8-0 to Notre Dame-West Haven in Division I semifinals.
Season Opener: At Hamden (Astorino Rink), Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Bottom line: New goalie Mike Colon will be tested early with Darien’s tough schedule.
4. Ridgefield (20-6)……. 88 points……. 3rd
Last game: Lost 4-1 to Prep in the Divison I semifinals.
This week: Hosts Prep, Wednesday (Winter Garden Arena), 5:10 p.m.
Bottom line: Forward Liam Smith leads the Tigers’ high-scoring offense.
5. Notre Dame-Fairfield (11-10)……. 80 points……. 10th
Last game: Lost 3-0 to Simsbury in D-I first round.
Season opener: At Glastonbury (Trinity College), Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.
Bottom line: Experience and depth will make the Lancers a tough out all season.
6. New Canaan (13-8-2)…….76 points…. Not ranked
Last game: Lost 3-2 to St. Joseph in D-I first round.
Season opener: At Notre Dame-West Haven (Bennett Rink), Wednesday, 4 p.m.
Bottom line: Rams have one of the top forwards in the state (Harry Stanton) and an elite defenseman (Stephen Mettler).
7. Hamden (10-9-3)……… 57 points……..8th
Last game: Lost 8-3 to Fairfield Prep in D-I quarterfinals.
Season opener: Hosts Darien (Astorino Rink), Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Bottom line: The Green Dragons lost a lot of talent to graduation/transfers but coach Bill Verneris always has the team ready to play.
8. St. Joseph (18-6-1)……….45 points…….. 6th
Last game: Lost 5-2 to FCIAC rival Darien in D-I quarterfinals.
Season opener: At Guilford (DiLungo Rink, East Haven), Thursday, 5 p.m.
Bottom line: Offense is a strength but success will depend on the development of the defense.
9. Xavier (13-7-2)……….44 points……….5th
Last game: Lost 4-2 to Ridgefield in D-I quarterfinals.
Season opener: Hosts St. Joseph (Bennett Rink, West Haven), Saturday, 5 p.m.
Bottom line: Strength will be on offense with scoring important early on as the defense develops.
10. East Haven (8-12-1)……….27 points………. Not ranked
Last game: Lost 5-4 (OT) to Notre Dame-West Haven in D-I first round.
Season opener: At Trumbull (Shelton Twin Rinks), Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.
Bottom line: The Easties will be fun to watch this season with their high-scoring front line led by Mike Falanga.
Dropped out: Simsbury (7), Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe (9).
First-place votes in parentheses and points tabulated on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis.
Others receiving votes: Glastonbury (12-9) 25; Simsbury (15-7) 17; West Haven (8-11-2) 10; South Windsor (8-12-1) 6; Northwest Catholic (15-7) 2; Branford (13-8-2) 1; Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe (14-10) 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, 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