The third-ranked Darien boys hockey team has been impressive this season, going 7-0-1 after a season-opening 4-2 loss to No. 8 Hamden on Dec. 18.
Since the loss to Hamden the Blue Wave have gone 3-0-1 against Top-10 teams in the New Haven Register/GameTimeCt.com Top 10 poll, including a 1-0 win over No. 2 Fairfield Prep. Another defining moment to the season for the Blue Wave will come tonight as they host No. 1 Notre Dame-West Haven at Darien Ice Rink at 6 p.m.
The Blue Wave, like the Green Knights, have depth and talent front to back. Their biggest strength is at defense with six returning defensemen from last season – Jack Massie, Sam Knowlton, Brendan Cassidy, Nick Allam, Nick Tuzinkiewicz and Aidan Loh. Michael Colon has made an impact in his first full season as the starting goaltender, including a pair of shutouts.
The Blue Wave, who have emerged as a solid challenger for the CIAC Division I championship, also have experience at forward. Providing offense are seniors are Tommy Watters, Connor Davis, Dillion Fitzpatrick and Robbie Juterbock and juniors Tighe Sullivan, Jack Pardue and Craig Miller.
After an opening-season 4-3 loss in OT to No. 9 New Canaan, the Green Knights have gone 10-0-1, including 4-0-1 against teams that have been in the Top 10 poll.
The Green Knights have three strong lines with the team’s top three scorers on the first line – co-captain and center Matt Dumas and wings/brothers Kyle Lynch and Ryan Lynch. Other top forwards include Eric Austin, Casey Hoban, Brendan Morley and Joe Ansaldo. Among the top defensemen are Paddy Connors, Colin O’Connor, James Davins, Patrick Francis and co-captain Anthony Iovene (Iovene is a vocal leader on the bench since he recovered from a spinal injury in the off season).
Wade Conlan, Justin Daddio and Conor Hylton are the ND goalies.