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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Final CT HS Hockey Top Ten

March 22, 2012 

By: Luke Devoe

Notre Dame-West Haven solidified themselves as the state's best with a romping 5-0 win over Glastonbury in the Division I final.  Other teams who ran through the competition during the regular season faltered and this final poll reflects that.

1. Notre Dame-West Haven- Won the Division I state championship after defeating Cheshire, South Windsor, West Haven and finally Glastonbury in the championship game.
2. Fairfield Prep- A semifinal loss to a quality Glastonbury team can't discount the incredible regular season the Jesuits had.  In many people's eyes they are still the most talented team in the state, but that's why they play the games.  After running through North Haven and Hamden they were stunned by the Tomahawks in the round of four.
3. Glastonbury- The Tomahawks made everyone not associated with the SCC proud.  They took out Simsbury, Darien and the vaunted Jesuits of Fairfield Prep before being shutout by Notre Dame-West Haven in the final.
4. West Haven- The Blue Devils did away with their very erratic regular season and put on quite a show in the DI state tourney topping East Haven, stunning Ridgefield and finally losing to rival Notre Dame-West Haven in the semis.  
5. Ridgefield- The Tigers may have the best player in the state, one of the most impressive regular seasons, as well a tourney ready team but a quarterfinal loss at the Webster Bank Arena to the West Haven Blue Devils kept them from reaching the semis and ended their dream season.
6. Darien- The Blue Wave fought off a bad start the season, grabbed the five seed and made a small run in the tourney eventually losing to Glastonbury in a hard fought game in the quarters.
7. Hamden- The Green Dragons' season can be chalked up as a disappointment after dropping the final five games of the regular season, seemingly righting the ship against St. Joseph only to lose in the quarters to the hated Jesuits.
8. South Windsor- The Bobcats were one period away from upsetting the eventual state champions and placing their fingerprint on the state's hockey history.  An up and down season ended in a disappointing loss preceded by a first round upset win over Xavier.
9. New Canaan0- The Rams had an early exit after a promising season in an opening round loss to Darien in arguably the first round's most exciting game.
10. Trumbull- The Golden Eagles won the state's Division II title after a convincing victory over Branford. 

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