Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2014 West Haven Christmas Tournament Schedule

2014 West Haven Christmas Tournament

DIVISION I Tournament (Past participants Glastonbury & South Windsor will not take part this year)
POOL 1- Notre Dame-West Haven, Notre Dame-Fairfield, St. Joseph
POOL 2- West Haven, Xavier, Ridgefield

12/20 Round Robin
Game 1- 1:00 Notre Dame-West Haven vs. Notre Dame-Fairfield
Game 2- 3:00 Ridgefield vs. Xavier

12/22 Round Robin
Game 3- 5:00 Notre Dame-West Haven vs. St. Joseph
Game 4- 7:00 West Haven vs. Ridgefield

12/23 Round Robin
Game 5- 5:00 Xavier vs. West Haven
Game 6- 7:00 Notre Dame-Fairfield vs. St. Joseph

12/27
Game 7- 1:00 3rd Place Pool 1 vs. 3rd Place Pool 2
Game 8- 3:00 2nd Place Pool 1 vs. 2nd Place Pool 2

CHAMPIONSHIP
Game 9- 5:00 1st Place Pool 1 vs. 1st Place Pool 2

DIVISION II Tournament
12/20 Semifinals
Game 1- 5:00 Amity vs. Cheshire
Game 2- 7:00 New Milford vs. Guilford

12/23 DII Xmas Tournament Consolation Game
5:00 Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2

12/26 DII Xmas Tournament Championship
2:00 Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2

RULES
All CIAC RULES APPLY
NO OVER TIME UNTIL THE FINALS
3 POINTS FOR A WIN
1 POINT FOR  A TIE
O POINTS FOR A LOSS
TIE BREAKERS
1 HEAD TO HEAD
2 LEAST GOALS ALLOWED
3 GOAL DIFFERENTIAL
4 MOST GOALS SCORED
5 LEAST AMOUNT OF PENALTIES


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

2014-15 Divisions

Division I will have a new face this year as former Division II power East Catholic has moved on up. With that addition, there was also a subtraction. Long time Division I competitor East Haven has moved down to Division II. This move was a long time coming as the Yellow Jackets have tried to move down in the past. With the exit of their dynamic top line of Mike Falanga, Tristan Goodwin and Matt Longobardi, the move made sense for the Easties. The co-op of Brookfield-Bethel-Danbury has moved from Division II to Division III after a tough (3-17-0) season. Also, RHAM is now a part of the BCR co-op leaving behind Rocky Hill and Middletown. Other slight changes include the Eastern CT Eagles adding about 15 schools to their co-op, Coginchaug joining the Lyman Hall-HK grouping and Wethersfield abandoning their independent title and joining Middletown and Rocky Hill. Stonington and Lyman Memorial have joined on with NFA-St. Bernard-Bacon as well. Here is what the divisions will look like this season according to the CIAC's release of the 2014-15 Tournament Packet.

Division I (2013-14 record) 16 Teams
Darien (17-2-1)
East Catholic (14-5-1 at Division II)
Fairfield Prep (12-4-3) DIVISION I CHAMPION
Glastonbury (15-5-0)
Greenwich (9-10-1)
Hamden (6-13-1)
New Canaan (15-4-1)
Northwest Catholic (10-8-2)
Notre Dame-Fairfield (15-4-1)
Notre Dame-West Haven (13-5-1)
Ridgefield (16-4-0)
Simsbury (7-12-1)
South Windsor (8-10-2)
St. Joseph (7-12-1)
West Haven (11-8-1)
Xavier (7-10-2)

Division II (2013-14 record) 21 Teams
Amity (13-7-0)
Branford (15-4-1)
Cheshire (10-9-1)
Conard (4-16-0)
Daniel Hand (10-10-0) DIVISION II CHAMPION
East Haven (16-4-0 at Division I)
Farmington Valley (4-16-0)
Fairfield Co-op (7-13-0)
Fermi-Enfield-East Granby-Stafford (6-13-1)
Guilford (5-15-0)
Milford Co-op (11-8-1)
New Milford (14-5-1)
Newington-Berlin-Manchester (16-3-1)
North Branford (10-10-0)
North Haven (12-5-3)
Rockville-Bolton-Coventry-RHAM (17-2-1)
Suffield-Granby-Windsor Locks (14-5-1)
Trinity Catholic (14-5-1)
Trumbull (4-16-0)
Watertown-Pomperaug (5-14-1)
Wilton (5-12-3)

Division III (2013-14 record) 20 Teams
Danbury-Brookfield-Bethel (3-17-0 at Division II)
EO Smith-Tolland (14-5-1)
Eastern CT Eagles [Fitch- E. Lyme-Ledyard-Waterford-Wheeler/Hale Ray] (1-19-0)
Hall-Southington (10-9-1)
Housatonic-NW-Wamogo (13-4-3)
Joel Barlow (4-16-0)
Lyman Hall-HK-Coginchaug (9-11-0)
Masuk (16-4-0)
New Fairfield-Immaculate (12-5-3)
Newtown (13-4-3) DIVISION III CHAMPION
NFA-St. Bernard-Bacon-Stonington-Lyman Mem. (4-16-0)
Norwalk-McMahon (4-16-0)
Sheehan (14-5-1)
Shepaug-Litchfield-Nonnewaug (5-15-0)
Stamford (3-17-0)
Staples-Weston-Shelton (8-11-1)
Tri-Town (7-11-1)
Westhill (7-13-0)
Wethersfield-Middletown-Rocky Hill (Wethersfield 5-15-0; RMR 3-17-0)
Woodstock Academy (6-9-0)

Welcome Back!

Hello everyone and welcome back to another season of Connecticut High School Hockey. Things have shifted slightly in the state in terms of teams playing in new divisions and co-ops being slightly altered but things should start to feel very similar once the pucks are dropped on December 17th. For @CTHSHockey, however, things will be a little different. Due to time constraints, my coverage will be more limited than it has been in the past. I will still be posting Top 10's and Elite Predictions each week but I will probably be taking in much less games. Also, while at these games I will most likely just be posting end of period scores, not the steady play by play I provided in the past. Many of you have requested this for the sake of your timelines. I will continue to post game finals on Twitter as well. Basically, I couldn't stay completely away even though travel will be an issue this season. Please bare with me this season and realize if I could be at a game each night at a different rink I would be.

I am asking team captains or team representatives to reach out to me to provide additional info for each division's season preview. Thank you and see you around the rinks!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Division 1 First Team & Awards

The following players are recognized for exceptional seasons at the Division I level. Keep in mind these players are selected based on regular season play not post season performance. Due to number of teams and the talent spread, I've decided to select two teams of 3 Forwards, 2 Defensemen and 1 Goalie.

Matt Wikman- 2014 CTHSHockey Skater of the Year
SKATER OF THE YEAR: Matt Wikman, Sr. (Fairfield Prep)
GOALIE OF THE YEAR: Kyle Thibodeaux, Jr. (Glastonbury)
DEFENSIVE DEFENSEMAN OF THE YEAR: Brendan Killoy, Jr. (Fairfield Prep)
OFFENSIVE DEFENSEMAN OF THE YEAR: Colin O'Connor, So. (Notre Dame-West Haven)
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Jeremy Routh (Hamden)
COACH OF THE YEAR: Steve Hetherman (Notre Dame-Fairfield)

RYAN BRENNAN ALL HEART AWARD: Anthony Iovene (Notre Dame-West Haven)
Iovene was dealt a devastating blow playing hockey last fall. His story has been well documented. His heart, determination and selfless attitude is what stands out the most. Never leaving his teammates sides and rallying them when they were down, Iovene is the definition of toughness. If anything stands out this year, seeing Iovene skate with his teammates prior to the semifinal vs. Prep would be it. This kid ain't done.

Ryan Brennan All Heart Award given out each year to players at all three divisions. Brennan, a Fairfield Prep Jesuit lost a two year battle with cancer in February 2011. It was suggested by Prep players last season that we honor the life of Ryan with this annual award given out to players who exhibit excellence on and off the ice.

DI FIRST TEAM
F Mike Falanga, Jr. (East Haven)
The elusive Falanga dazzled more times than most can count this year. His speedy but crafty play paired with two strong senior line mates made for a memorable year for the Yellow Jackets. It's doubtful Falanga returns for his senior year but what a great junior campaign finishing with 74 points.
F Matt Wikman, Sr. (Fairfield Prep)
Wikman is the state's best forward. He can score from anywhere on the ice and gets back to help quicker than most. He's a complete player who, playing Prep's brutal schedule, still put up impressive numbers finishing with 43 points (27 G, 16 A).
F Christian La Croix, Sr. (Notre Dame-Fairfield)
The big bodied La Croix did not disappoint in his senior season posting a 44 point (23 G, 21) showing on a team with multiple options. La Croix continued to surprise with his skill set, rarely seen out of someone with as large of a frame as he had. He will be missed in Hetherman's locker room.
D Alex Scranton, Sr. (West Haven)
One of my personal favorites. Scranton was the heart of a gritty West Haven club. His senior year was cut short with an upper body injury but his legacy of being a team first, offensive contributing D-man will not be soon forgotten. He finished with an impressive 15 points (7 G, 8 A) from the back end this year.
D Colin O'Connor, So. (Notre Dame-West Haven)
O'Connor manned NDWH's blue line with a bit of a flare. He has a deft scoring touch not often seen in a young defenseman and was able to log big minutes, especially down the stretch for the Green Knights. Quite offensively inclined, O'Connor finished with 21 points (6 G, 15 A) on the year.
G Kyle Thibodeaux, Jr. (Glastonbury)
There may have been goalies, like Colon, with seemingly better numbers but no goalie in the state was as important to their team as Thibodeaux was to the Tomahawks this year. He finished with a 1.64 goals against average and four shutouts.

DI SECOND TEAM
F Matt Dumas, Sr. (Notre Dame-West Haven)
F Ryan Lynch, Jr. (Notre Dame-West Haven)
F Tommy Watters, Sr. (Darien)
D Stephen Mettler, Sr. (New Canaan)
D Brendan Killoy, Jr. (Fairfield Prep)
G Mike Colon, Sr. (Darien)
Falanga impressing during a game versus NDWH.



Monday, March 31, 2014

Division 1 Second Team

The following players are recognized for exceptional seasons at the Division I level. Keep in mind these players are selected based on regular season play not post season performance. Due to number of teams and the talent spread, I've decided to select two teams of 3 Forwards, 2 Defensemen and 1 Goalie.  Check back tomorrow for DI's First Team.

Division I Second Team
F Matt Dumas, Sr. (Notre Dame-West Haven)
The heart and soul of the Knights this year. The captain was strong in all phases and at times electrified with his speed. He finished up the playoffs with multiple injuries but never slowed his played. Dumas posted 50 points (27 G, 23 A) this regular season.
F Ryan Lynch, Jr. (Notre Dame-West Haven)
Tough to split up the twins but Ryan was dominant for large stretches this year for the Green Knights. His top line of himself, brother Kyle and the aforementioned Dumas was arguably the state's best line. Lynch finished with 54 points (23 G, 31 A) on the year.
F Tommy Watters, Sr. (Darien)
On a team as evenly spread out in terms of points as any, it's hard for one guy to stand above the rest. Watters just may be that guy. Lightning speed paired with a complete, all around game lands Watters on this squad. He posted a 40 point (20 G, 20 A) senior season.
D Stephen Mettler, Sr. (New Canaan)
Mettler had a strong year for a quality Rams squad. His dependability and shear size on the blue line impressed. After a strong career at New Canaan, Mettler will move on to attend school at Yale University.
D Brendan Killoy, Jr. (Fairfield Prep)
One of the best stay at home defenseman in the state. Killoy will never fill up a score sheet (5 assists on the year) but like fellow D-men Billy Overby and Steven Bayles, Killoy does all the small things extremely well. One of a few key cogs in Prep's title run.
G Mike Colon, Sr. (Darien)
With a goals against average around 1, a resume´ that includes beating Fairfield Prep and NDWH twice each and seven shutouts on the season, senior Colon did more than enough this year to warrant some love on this team. Only a one year starter, Colon made the most of his time and lead his Wave to a state title appearance for the first time in over 20 years.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Division I Honorable Mention

The following players are recognized for exceptional seasons at the Division I level. Keep in mind these players are selected based on regular season play not post season performance. Due to only selecting two All-State teams per division and the talent spread, I've decided to select an extensive number of players for honorable mention from DI. Tomorrow All-CTHSHockey DI Second Team will be released.
St. Joe's Colin Powell

DIVISION I HONORABLE MENTION (FORWARDS)
Jesse McLain, Sr. (Northwest Catholic)
Demitri Yao, Sr. (Northwest Catholic)
Harry Stanton, Sr. (New Canaan)
John O'Rourke, Sr. (New Canaan)
Ryan Corcoran, Sr. (St. Joseph)
Colin Powell, Jr. (St. Joseph)
Sam Sarath, Sr. (Ridgefield)
Bradley Alexander, Jr. (Ridgefield)
Ken Kochiss, Sr. (Fairfield Prep)
Dean Lockery, Sr. (Fairfield Prep)
Kyle Lynch, Jr. (Notre Dame-West Haven)
Alec Andreucci, Fr. (Notre Dame-West Haven)
Patrick Conley, Sr. (Glastonbury)
Luke Finneran, Sr. (Greenwich)
Nick Carloto, Jr. (Notre Dame-Fairfield)
Jon Suporn, Jr. (Notre Dame-Fairfield)
Dan Walsh, Sr. (Notre Dame-Fairfield)
Jeremy Routh, Fr. (Hamden)
Anthony Rascati, Sr. (Hamden)
Jaeson Puleo, Sr. (West Haven)
Tristan Goodwin, Sr. (East Haven)
Matt Longobardi, Sr. (East Haven)
Owen Koorbusch, Sr. (Darien)
Connor Davis, Sr. (Darien)
Nick Jones, Sr. (South Windsor)
Andrew Meoli, Sr. (Xavier)
ND Fairfield's Jonny Suporn
DIVISION I HONORABLE MENTION (DEFENSEMEN)
John Arel, Sr. (Northwest Catholic)
Phil DiSalvo, Sr. (Glastonbury)
Craig Hessenius, Jr. (Notre Dame-Fairfield)
Billy Overby, So. (Fairfield Prep)
Steven Bayles, Sr. (Fairfield Prep)
Stephen Pantera, Jr. (Hamden)
Jake Delguidice, Sr. (East Haven)
Curt Eustis, Sr. (Simsbury)
Nick Allam, Sr. (Darien)
James Kelly, Sr. (Ridgefield)

DIVISION I HONORABLE MENTION (GOALIES)
Mike Savino, Jr. (West Haven)
Mac Wright, Sr. (New Canaan)
Matt Beck, Sr. (Fairfield Prep)
Chris Gutierrez, Sr. (Fairfield Prep)
Scott Skenyon, So. (South Windsor)
Ben Guidobono, Jr. (Xavier)
Prep's Gutierrez, along with fellow senior Matt Beck lead the Jesuits to their 16th state title.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Division II First Team & Awards


The following players are recognized for exceptional seasons at the Division II level. Keep in mind these players are selected based on regular season play not post season performance. Due to number of teams and the talent spread, I've decided to select two teams of 3 Forwards, 2 Defensemen and 1 Goalie.  Check back tomorrow for DI's Honorable Mention.
Milford's Zach White had an incredible career notching over 200 points.
SKATER OF THE YEAR: Zach White, Sr. (Milford Co-op)
GOALIE OF THE YEAR: Chase Briggs, Sr. (Daniel Hand)
DEFENSIVE DEFENSEMAN OF THE YEAR: Conor Scharlop, Sr. (Fairfield Co-op)
OFFENSIVE DEFENSEMAN OF THE YEAR: Colin Bernard, Jr. (Trinity Catholic)
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Will McEwan (North Branford)
COACH OF THE YEAR: Ken Smith (Trinity Catholic)

RYAN BRENNAN ALL HEART AWARD: Joe Cullinan (Wilton)
Wilton captain Cullinan always stood out in terms of compete level. A described "rink rat", Cullinan will bring that work ethic to the Marines. A teammate described Joe as "A person with true character, a leader, and someone who will always be there for others." Joey, you should be commended as a man and a leader and I wish you all the best.

Ryan Brennan All Heart Award given out each year to players at all three divisions. Brennan, a Fairfield Prep Jesuit lost a two year battle with cancer in February 2011. It was suggested by Prep players last season that we honor the life of Ryan with this annual award given out to players who exhibit excellence on and off the ice.


DII FIRST TEAM
F Tyler Hackett, Jr. (Branford)
Hackett had a fine season for a strong Hornets squad. Without fellow junior Tyler Criscuolo for large parts of the season, Hackett, often injured, performed admirably, never taking a shift off. He finished the year with 62 points (30 G, 32 A).
F Zach White, Sr. (Milford Co-op)
White has been the back bone to Milford Co-op each of the last two seasons. He double shifts nearly every game, plays in all phases and can make defensemen look down right silly. A 200 point career scorer, White notched his third straight 50+ point season finishing with 48 regular season points (30 G, 18 A). White also posted 8 points (5 G, 3 A) in three tournament games.
F Adam Shea, Sr. (Amity)
Speed, speed and more speed. Shea simply blows by the opposition. Similarly to Hackett, Shea's Spartans were dealt a potentially lethal blow when senior captain Keating Seymour went down with a collar bone injury. Shea with help from Brett McNeil and Kevin Ryan took charge. Shea finished with 12 points in four games during Amity's tournament run and finished the regular season with 56 points (31 G, 25 A).
D Johnny Uscilla, Sr. (Amity)
Uscilla defines a defensive leader. His offensive numbers will never jump off the page but his game management is top notch. Uscilla will be sorely missed on the blue line for the Spartans. His competency allowed the Spartans' top line to flourish.
D Conor Scharlop, Sr. (Fairfield Co-op)
Speaking of dependable, no one at the D2 level has had such a dependable career as Scharlop. For coach Mark Pettorini leaning on Scharlop has been something special. Scharlop is probably a more well rounded D-man than Uscilla with way more offensive upside but it would be fun to see these two paired together. Great career for this young man.
G Chase Briggs, Sr. (Daniel Hand)
Selfishly, I'll miss watching Briggs man the pipes. His at times unorthodox means of stopping a puck always made him stand out in a crowd. Few goalies at any level in the state could change games the way Briggs could. Briggs posted three shutouts this year and a 2.37 GAA.

DII SECOND TEAM
F Ben Solin, Jr. (Daniel Hand)
F Jake King, Jr. (Suffield-Granby-WL)
F Dan Roberts, Sr. (Newington-Berlin)
D Brian O'Connell, Sr. (East Catholic)
D Hunter Byram, Sr. (BCR)
G AJ Brink, Jr. (Branford)