Xavier earned just enough votes to make another return to the Top 10 thanks to a 1-1 tie with defending Rhode Island champion LaSalle Academy last week.
The Falcons moved in — by one point — at the No. 10 spot while knocking out Guilford, which climbed as high as No. 8 as of last week before Saturday’s 5-3 loss to NFI.
Elsewhere, undefeated Ridgefield remained No. 1 (of course) again followed by No. 2 Darien and No. 3 Northwest Catholic.
Notre Dame-West Haven dropped from No. 5 to No. 6.
New Canaan, NFI and Watertown/Pomperaug rounded out the 7-8-9 spots.
|TEAM (1st place votes)||REC||PTS||LAST||DIV|
|1. RIDGEFIELD (14)||14-0-0||140||1||I|
|Results last week: def. Trumbull 5-1, def. St. Joseph 8-0, def. Trinity Catholic 7-0.
Bottom Line: Goals for: 78. Goals against: 15. Pythagorean win percentage: .964. Overachievers.
|Results last week: def. New Canaan 4-3 (OT), def. Trinity Catholic 7-1, def. Norwalk 6-0.
Bottom Line: The Blue Wave have won nine in a row against teams not named Ridgefield. In that stretch, they've played four top-10 teams and won them by a combined five goals.
|Results last week: def. Simsbury 2-1.
Bottom Line: Two of the Lions' 10 wins are by more than three goals: Greenwich 7-0, and the first Simsbury game 7-1. Nine games left, including one to be rescheduled.
|Results last week: def. St. Joseph 8-0, def. Notre Dame-West Haven 5-2.
Bottom Line: Green Dragons off this week but will seek their first three-game winning streak of the year next Wednesday against Notre Dame-Fairfield.
|5. FAIRFIELD PREP||7-6-0||90||4||I|
|Results last week: def. Malden Catholic 6-3, def. Notre Dame-Fairfield 3-1.
Bottom Line: Jesuits at the Pope Francis Invitational this weekend. They draw the host team, No. 1 in Hockey Night in Boston's Massachusetts rankings and No. 2 in the Boston Globe, to start.
|6. NOTRE DAME-|
|Results last week: def. Greenwich 4-1, lost to Hamden 5-2.
Bottom Line: One regulation-time win in the past 10 games (though the Green Knights are 3-0-1 beyond regulation).
|7. NEW CANAAN||9-6-0||51||7||I|
|Results last week: lost to Darien 4-3 (OT), def. Westhill/Stamford 5-2, def. Greenwich 6-1.
Bottom Line: Avenged an early-season 3-1 loss to Greenwich on Monday night. Three games in four nights coming up on the weekend, Friday to Monday.
|Results last week: def. Guilford 5-3.
Bottom Line: Co-captain Ryan Fanella scored his first goal in the win, which kept NFI hot after an 0-1-2 start.
|Results last week: def. North Haven 6-0, lost to Hand 2-1.
Bottom Line: Ran into the Hand (yes, Hand) juggernaut Monday night. Doesn't get easier this week with Farmington Valley and LHK (and NFI next week).
|Results last week: tied LaSalle Academy (R.I.) 1-1.
Bottom Line: Falcons narrowly return to the Top 10 off a well-earned tie against the defending Rhode Island champion.
|Dropped out: Guilford (8).
First-place votes in parentheses and points tabulated on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis.
|Others receiving votes: Guilford (11-3) 14, West Haven (8-6) 6, Fairfield (7-5-1) 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.|