NHRegister/ GameTimeCT Hockey Top 10 Poll: ND-Fairfield new No. 1

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

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

1. Notre Dame-Fairfield  (16-4-1) (15)……………………………….167……2

Last week: Defeated  Northwest Catholic 7-1 and Notre Dame-West Haven 5-2 in SCC-SWC D-I final.
Bottom line: Drum roll…..we have a new No. 1 as we head into the CIAC D-I tournament .

2. Darien  (19-3-1) (2)…………………………………………………….144……1

Last week: Defeated Trinity Catholic 3-1 in FCIAC semifinals and lost 5-2 to New Canaan in FCIAC final .
Bottom line: Blue Wave showing a little vulnerability with two losses last four games .

3. Notre Dame-West Haven (13-6-2)……………………………….131……3

Last week: Lost 5-2 to Notre Dame-Fairfield in SCC-SWC D-I championship .
Bottom line: Green Knights, 3-5-1 last nine games, need to get their early-season mojo back for the CIAC D-I tournament .

4. Fairfield Prep (12-4-3)………………………………………………129……4

Last week: Defeated East Haven 5-3.
Bottom line: Defending CIAC D-I champs Jesuits are primed and ready for another big postseason run.

5. New Canaan (18-4-1)……………………………………………….104…….6

Last week: Defeated  Ridgefield 3-2 (OT) in FCIAC semifinals and Darien 5-2 in FCIAC final.
Bottom line: Rams, led by forward Harry Stanton, enter CIAC D-I tournament on a roll and with the FCIAC title in their pocket.

6. Ridgefield  (17-5)……………………………………………………..86…..5

Last week: Lost 3-2 (OT) to New Canaan in FCIAC semifinals .
Bottom line: Tigers will likely have a CIAC D-I quarterfinal matchup with FCIAC rival Darien.

7. East Haven (16-4)……………………………………………………57……7

Last week: Lost 5-3 to Fairfield Prep .
Bottom line: Easties will go as far as their high-scoring first line will take them in CIAC D-I tournament.

8. Glastonbury (16-6)…………………………………………………41……8

Last week: Lost 5-3 to East Catholic in CCC North championship game.
Bottom line: The loss to East Catholic snapped a six-game win streak.

9. West Haven (11-8-1)………………………………………………27……9

Last week: Defeated Milford 4-2.
Bottom line: Westies enter the CIAC D-I tournament with a 5-1 record in its last six games .

10. East Catholic (16-5-1)………………………………………….18……NR

Last week: Defeated Glastonbury 5-3 in the CCC North championship game.
Bottom line: East Catholic, which enters the CIAC D-II tournament as the No. 1 seed, returns to the Top 10 .

Dropped out: Xavier (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: Xavier (7-10-2) 16; Branford (17-4-1) 9; Hamden (6-13-1) 2; Newington-Berlin/Manchester (16-3-1) 2; North Haven (12-6-3) 1; Northwest Catholic (10-8-2) 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

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