A week after taking a step back to No. 5 below No. 4 Hamden (which it beat the previous week), Fairfield Prep took two steps forward in the GameTimeCT Top 10 boys hockey poll for Feb. 12
The Jesuits split a pair of games vs. interstate competition and, at 8-7, are starting to muscle Northwest Catholic at No. 3 after the Lions lost their first game of the season, 2-0 to Notre Dame-Fairfield.
Unbeaten Ridgefield continued its regular-season run as the state’s unanimous No. 1. Darien remained the consensus No. 2.
Elsewhere, Hamden dropped to No. 5 behind Prep and NWC. New Canaan moved up a spot to No. 6. Notre Dame-West Haven dropped to No. 7.
Making its 2018-19 season debut in the Top 10 is West Haven, which absorbed NFI’s spot at No. 8 after a 5-4 overtime victory last weekend. NFI dropped out of the Top 10.
After justifying its No. 10 ranking last week with a 3-2 OT win over Notre Dame-WH, Xavier moved up a spot to No. 9. Watertown Pomperaug, the lone Division II representative, dropped behind the Falcons to No. 10.
|TEAM (1st place votes)||REC||PTS||LAST||DIV|
|1. RIDGEFIELD (14)||17-0-0||140||1||I|
|Results last week: def. Fairfield 9-2, def. Norwalk 8-2, def. Simsbury 5-3.
Bottom Line: Tigers have 100 goals, even, going into Wednesday's Fairfield Prep rematch. Nicky Cullinan has 32 of them.
|Results last week: def. Fairfield 6-0.
Bottom Line: The unanimous No. 2 Blue Wave have one loss by three goals, which they can avenge next week at Greenwich; one by two and two in overtime. Tuesday's home game against Wilton was moved to Wednesday night at 8:30.
|Results last week: lost to Notre Dame-Fairfield 2-0, def. Smithfield (R.I.) 3-2, def. Conard 2-0.
Bottom Line: Tuesday's storm moved the first of two Xavier games to Thursday in Simsbury; the rematch is in a week in Middletown. The Lions welcome Hamden in between for their regular-season home finale.
|T3. FAIRFIELD PREP||8-7-0||98||5||I|
|Results last week: lost to Pope Francis (Mass.) 5-0, def. Bishop Hendricken (R.I.) 3-1.
Bottom Line: The Jesuits' only two in-state regulation-time losses were their first two games. Round 2 against Ridgefield is Wednesday night. (Round 2 against Darien was an overtime loss.)
|Results last week: did not play.
Bottom Line: A week after jumping from sixth to fourth, the Green Dragons didn’t play, actually gained three points but dropped a spot. Poll math. They get back to work Wednesday against Notre Dame-Fairfield, with three of their last five at home.
|6. NEW CANAAN||12-6-0||68||7||I|
|Results last week: def. Wilton 8-2, def. Notre Dame-Fairfield 3-1, def. Norwalk 7-1.
Bottom Line: The Rams have losses against the top three teams in last week’s poll, but otherwise, they're 11-0 since Dec. 22. Visits to Staples and Xavier close the regular season.
|7. NOTRE DAME-|
|Results last week: lost to Xavier 3-2 (OT), def. St. Joseph 7-1.
Bottom Line: A couple of losses (Hamden, the week before last) have dropped the Green Knights a couple of spots, but they'll have opportunities to impress the next couple of weeks.
|8. WEST HAVEN||10-6-0||22||NR||I|
|Results last week: def. North Haven 7-2, def. NFI 5-4 (OT).
Bottom Line: The Westies are one of just 11 teams to receive a vote in every poll this season. This is their top-10 season debut. (The 11 are NFI plus this week's top 10.)
|Results last week: def. Notre Dame-West Haven 3-2 (OT).
Bottom Line: Backed up their return to the top 10 with the overtime win on Chase Maxwell’s goal. Tuesday's postponement leaves the Falcons scheduled to play five games in the next eight days.
|Results last week: def. Farmington 5-2, def. LHK 2-1.
Bottom Line: Last week's poll didn't fully bake in the loss to Hand last Monday night. A rematch with NFI -- the teams tied to open the season -- is Friday night.
|Dropped out: NFI (8).
First-place votes in parentheses and points tabulated on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis.
Records through Tuesday, Feb. 12.
|Others receiving votes: Guilford (12-4) 8, NFI (5-3-4) 8, Greenwich (8-8-2) 5, Hand (11-2-1) 4, Notre Dame-Fairfield (6-9) 4, Branford (10-3-3) 1.|
|The following voted: Media: Sean Begin, Hartford Courant; Luke Devoe, CTHSHockey.org; Michael Fornabaio, Connecticut Post; Tim Jensen, Patch Media Corp.; Greg Lederer, Cheshire Herald; Mike Madera, Elm City Newspapers; Dan Nowak, New Haven Register; Pete Paguaga, Hearst Connecticut Media; Jim Stout, MaxPreps.com; Peter Vander Veer, HAN Network. Coaches: Ken Barse, Glastonbury; Shaun Gallagher, Ridgefield; Matt Sather, Fairfield Prep; Larry Vieira, Notre Dame-West Haven.|