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Thursday, January 26, 2012

This Week's 8 Elite Predictions & Rankings Comparison 1/26

CTHSHockey Poll
1. Fairfield Prep
2. Ridgefield
3. Notre Dame- West Haven
4. Hamden
5. South Windsor
6. East Haven
7. Glastonbury
8. West Haven
9. Xavier
10. Guilford
On the Bubble: New Canaan, Darien

New Haven Register Poll
1. Fairfield Prep
2. Ridgefield
3. Notre Dame-West Haven
4. Hamden
5. Glastonbury
6. South Windsor
7. West Haven
8. Xavier
9. East Haven
10. Darien
Others Receiving Votes: New Canaan, Guilford, North Haven, Simsbury

Hartford Courant Rankings
1. Fairfield Prep
2. Ridgefield
3. Hamden
4. Notre Dame-West Haven
5. Xavier
6. Glastonbury
7. South Windsor
8. Darien
9. New Canaan
10. West Haven

8 Elite Predictions: Mark these on the calendar: (Season 6-5, Last Week: 1-2, stupid snow)
1/26 Cheshire @ #1 Fairfield Prep 1:00 @ Wonderland of Ice
No one plays tougher than Cheshire and have only been outscored by six goals in their four losses.  Expect them to keep this close, but with the Unker/White firepower and the steadiness Wikman is providing in net, the Jesuits should coast to victory.  Prep 4, Cheshire 1

1/27 #1 Fairfield Prep vs. Boston College High 5:30 @ Prudential Center, NJ
The home arena of the New Jersey Devils welcomes Connecticut's best against the #2 team in Massachusetts according to the USHSHO rankings.  Prep is undefeated against in state competition and went 1-2 earlier in the year with their lone win coming against fellow Mass power Springfield Cathedral.  Prep is riding high but I think BC High takes this one. BC High 4, Prep 2

1/28 #3 Notre Dame-West Haven @ #4 Hamden 2:30 @ Lou Astorino Rink
NDWH dismantled East Haven on Wednesday proving they are right up there with Prep in the SCC.  Hamden has been a tough team to read this year, losing to Mass powers Hingham and St. Johns, Shrewsbury as well as Fairfield Prep while at the same time beating all the teams they are supposed to beat.  The Lou will most likely be sold out and rocking.  Hamden will take this one.  Hamden 3, NDWH 2

1/28 #9 Xavier @ North Haven 7:30 @ Northford Ice Pavilion
Xavier needs to start adding up some quality wins and while North Haven isn't a top tier D1 squad, the Falcons can't afford to lose this one.   Xavier 5, North Haven 4

2/1 #9 Xavier @ #1 Fairfield Prep 6:00 @ Wonderland of IceXavier definitely has the firepower to hang with Prep but if someone in state is going to knock the Jesuits off their pedestal it's not going to be Xavier.  Prove me wrong Falcons. Prep 5, Xavier 2

2/1 #10 Guilford @ Conard 7:30 @ Veteran's Memorial Ice Rink
Conard is a very interesting team.  They've beaten South Windsor and Fermi/Enfield and most recently almost pulled off a huge upset losing to Glastonbury 6-5 but they have also allowed some unsightly goals against numbers.  7 times this year Conard has allowed 6 or more goals.  Guilford comes in after being beaten 4-0 by Cheshire.  They've gone 2-2 against D1 opponents this year and could very well move to 3-2 after this one.  Guilford 7, Conard 4

2/1 New Canaan @ #2 Ridgefield 8:30 @ Winter Garden Ice ArenaNew Canaan has played better of late and have looked more like the Rams of last year.  They have a five game unbeaten streak but are running into Ridgefield who has a 9 game winning streak working for them.  Ridgefield may be the best team in the state not named the Jesuits and they should continue to roll here. Ridgefield 3, New Canaan 1

2/1 Darien @ St. Joseph 8:30 @ The Rinks at Shelton
Two teams who should make the D1 tournament and could crack the top ten very soon.  This game will go a long way in determining that and giving them confidence going forward.  I see Darien continuing it's recent streak of hot play.  Darien 5, St. Joseph 3

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