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Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Round One (3/6)
#1 Fairfield Prep (BYE)
THIS SEASON: Did not meet Glastonbury, Prep def. Hamden 7-0 & 7-3

#9 Glastonbury @ #8 Hamden
THIS SEASON: Did not meet

#13 West Haven @ #4 Xavier
THIS SEASON: Xavier def. West Haven 6-0, Xavier def. West Haven 7-3

#12 Greenwich @ #5 Ridgefield
THIS SEASON: Ridgefield def. Greenwich 3-1

#15 East Haven @ #2 Notre Dame-West Haven
THIS SEASON: NDWH def. East Haven 6-1

#10 Notre Dame-Fairfield @ #7 Simsbury
THIS SEASON: Did not meet

#14 South Windsor @ #3 Darien
THIS SEASON: Darien def. South Windsor 7-1

#11 New Canaan @ #6 St. Joseph
THIS SEASON: St. Joseph def. New Canaan 6-3, St. Joseph def. New Canaan 3-2 OT (FCIAC Semi)

Qualifying Round (3/4)
#18 Suffield-Granby-Windsor Locks @ #15 Trinity Catholic
THIS SEASON: Did not meet

#17 Newtown @ 16 Conard
THIS SEASON: Did not meet

Round One (3/5)
Winner of #17/#16 @ #1 Amity

#9 North Branford @ #8 New Milford
THIS SEASON: New Milford def. North Branford 3-0

#13 Fairfield Warde-Ludlowe @ #4 Watertown-Pomperaug
THIS SEASON: Did not meet

#12 Fermi-Enfield @ #5 Branford
THIS SEASON: Did not meet

Winner of #18/#15 @ #2 East Catholic

#10 Daniel Hand @ #7 Northwest Catholic
THIS SEASON: Did not meet

#14 Farmington Valley @ #3 Brookfield-Bethel-Danbury
THIS SEASON: Did not meet

#11 Milford Co-op @ #6 Guilford
THIS SEASON: Milford def. Guilford 6-3

Qualifying Round (3/4)
#9 Housatonic-NW-Wamogo @ #8 New Fairfield-Immaculate
THIS SEASON: NFI def. Housy 3-1, NFI def. Housy 1-0 OT

Round One (3/7)
Winner of QF Game @ #1 Newington-Berlin
THIS SEASON: Did not meet either NFI or Housy

#5 Masuk @ #4 Hall-Southington

#7 Sheehan @ #2 St. Bernard-Bacon-NFA
THIS SEASON: Did not meet

#6 EO Smith-Tolland-Windham @ #3 Bolton-Coventry-Rockville
THIS SEASON: BCR def. EO 5-2, 1-1 Tie

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Championship Week: Conference Championships/Tournaments

By: Luke Devoe

While some finish up their regular season this week, others prepare to add some hardware to the trophy case.  The SCC, FCIAC, CCC and SWC conference titles will be up for grabs this week and while some leagues like the SCC and CCC stick to only conference championships others rely on the traditional tournament style play to determine their league champion.  While the jury is still out on how people feel about the tournaments butting up against the much more lauded CIAC state tournament, there is no questioning the quality of hockey we will see this week.  Here is a look at the week's action conference by conference.

Southern Connecticut Conference (SCC)
Division I
2/27 8 p.m. @ High Point Solutions Arena @ TD Bank Sports Center, HamdenNDWH (16-4-0) vs. Fairfield Prep (19-1-0)
Previous Meetings: Prep 3, NDWH 1 & Prep 1, NDWH 0

The two met and played two of the SCC's most entertaining games of the year.  In the first, Prep used three first period goals and shut down transition and neutral zone defense to defeat the Knights 3-1 at Bennett Rink.  In the second of the two meetings, NDWH's only lapse was a last second goal at the end of the second period in a game that was evenly played throughout.  While both will claim their final goal is to be state champions skating the ice of Ingalls on the last day of the season, this one should be a dandy.  This IS your D1 state championship preview but almost didn't happen as Hamden pushed NDWH to think brink tying them 4-4 on 2/26.

Division II
2/27 6 p.m. @ High Point Solutions Arena @ TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden
Branford (11-6-2) vs. Daniel Hand (10-6-3)

Previous Meeting: Branford 2, Hand 1 & Branford 2, Hand 2

SCC's D2 race was as exciting as it gets and when the wheel stopped spinning it landed on Branford and Hand.  There many other deserving candidates but these two did what they had to do.  Tyler Criscuolo of Branford and Ben Solin of Hand are two of the more entertaining players in the state.  While Hand will no doubt go with Chase Briggs in net but it should be interesting to see if Branford goes with sophomore Alex Sarno or sophomore AJ Brink.
Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference (FCIAC)
(1) Darien 5, (8) Stamford 0
(2) St. Joseph 5, (7) Fairfield 1
(3) New Canaan 4, (6) Greenwich 2
(4) Ridgefield 5, (5) Trinity Catholic 2

2/27 7:30 Terry Connors Rink, Stamford
Darien (16-2-2) vs. Ridgefield (15-5-0)

Previous Meeting: Darien 6, Ridgefield 3

Throughout much of the regular season these were the top two FCIAC teams until a late charge by St. Joe's.  While neither team was able to best the state's top two dogs (NDWH & FP) they beat up on the FCIAC pretty darn hard.  Ridgefield however only went 2-2 over their final two barely beating Wilton and losing convincingly to New Canaan and this Darien club. The Wave were at the top of the heap all season but were shown to be very beatable against Prep and were given all they could handle in ties against New Canaan and St. Joe's.  The FCIAC is very comparable in the top four this year which should lead to an excellent semifinals.

2/27 5:30 Terry Connors Rink, Stamford
St. Joseph (15-4-1) vs. New Canaan (12-6-2)

Previous Meeting: St. Joseph 6, New Canaan 3

The Cadets beat the Rams in early January when both teams were a shadow of their current selves.  St. Joseph went (9-0-1) over their final ten while New Canaan ran off seven straight before dropping their final two to ND Fairfield and Darien.  This should be one for the ages.  The Rams' Chris Koenneke has been very good in net this year but faces a potent St. Joe's offense led by all everything center CK Keator and co.

FINALS- 3/2 6:00 @ Terry Connors Rink
Central Connecticut Conference (CCC)

CCC North Championship
3/2 2:00 Trinity College Rink, Hartford
Glastonbury (12-7-0) vs. Simsbury (13-6-0)
Previous Meetings: Simsbury 3, Glastonbury 2 OT & Simsbury 2, Glastonbury 1

Both teams have shown extended periods of brilliance but have also laid some eggs this year.  Glastonbury's Avery Clair has shown true star power but Simsbury has the more complete team up and down the roster.  This one can go either way and it's incredibly hard to beat the same team three times in a year especially when you're as comparable as these two. 

CCC East Championship
3/2 4:30 Trinity College Rink, Hartford
Farmington Valley (7-11-0) vs. E Catholic (14-5-0)
Previous Meetings: EC 3, Farmington 2 & Farmington 2, EC 1 OT

Many would've liked to have seen Northwest Catholic get another shot at East Catholic but Farmington Valley, barring a complete collapse Thursday against Wethersfield (would need to be beaten by 5+ goals), earned their way into the CCC East final.  The Generals have proven to not be intimidated by East Catholic narrowly falling to them 3-2 and beating them in OT.  This one could go either way but at the very least expect FV to keep it tight.

CCC South Championship
3/2 7:00 Trinity College Rink, Hartford 
Hall-Southington (12-6-1) vs. BCR (16-1-2) 
Previous Meetings: BCR 3, Hall 0 & BCR 6, Hall 1

Take your D1 and D2 matchups and enjoy them but I think the prized gem of the CCC Championships is between D3's Hall-Southington and BCR.  Here you have a talented, hungry Hall team who's been beaten fairly significantly by BCR and hasn't been able to solve BCR goalie Cam Earle.  You know they've had this one circled and it should be a great one.

South-West Conference (SWC)
2/28 5:00 Danbury Ice Arena, Danbury
New Milford (13-5-2) vs. Water-Pomp (14-4-1)

Previous Meetings: WP 2, New Milford 0 & WP 3, New Milford 3 OT

This should be a great tilt between two very even teams.  WP probably has the better offense where New Milford does a better job of slowing things down and relying on their back end.  Watertown-Pomperaug is a very deep team and went (3-1-1) over their final five.  New Milford has shown staying power and the ability to beat a quality team.  They went (4-0-1) over their last five.  The one tie for each team was against each other.

2/28 7:20 Danbury Ice Arena, Danbury
Masuk (11-8-1) vs. BBD (14-5-1)

Previous Meetings: BBD 4, Masuk 2

Masuk had quite the battle with Newtown and NFI to gain the number 4 seed in this semi.  Their reward?  A very talented BBD squad who's won five straight since dropping a tough 2-1 decision to D1's ND Fairfield.  BBD has plenty of quality wins under their belt this season and is the odds on favorite going into this tourney going 3-0 against the teams they'll be facing.

FINALS- 3/2 4:20 @ Danbury Ice Arena

CTHSHockey D1 Player of the Week

CTHSHockey's D1 Week One Player of the Week

Billy Vizzo, Jr. Forward (NDWH)
I was tempted to give the nod to Austin Hansen who's single handedly gotten his team into states, but Vizzo's production has come against the best of the best all year.  The kid just doesn't take a game off and as much as he dents the scoresheet he dents opponents physically and willfully.  This week Vizzo notched 11 points (5 G, 6 A) in three games including the game winner on a length of the ice rush to come from behind to beat ND Fairfield in overtime.

Austin Hansen, Sr. Forward (West Haven)
Hansen's six goal effort is not being ignored.  In fact, the senior leader finished the week with 9 points (8 G, 1 A) picking up his Westie brothers and carrying them through the end of their schedule.
David White, Sr. Forward (Fairfield Prep)
White continued his dominance of Hamden (18 points vs. Dragons for his career) with two goals and two assists Saturday at the Lou.  White finished with 7 points (3 G, 4 A) on the week.
Matt Wikman, Jr. Forward (Fairfield Prep)
Wikman popped home four goals against East Haven and had 6 points (4 G, 2 A) on the week to help lead the Jesuits.
Greg Zullo, Sr. Forward (NDWH)
The senior Knight center chipped in with six points (2 G, 4 A) this week and continues to be one of the state's best penalty killers.
Christian La Croix, Jr. Forward (ND Fairfield)
La Croix has done everything for the Lancers this season and while this week wasn't a complete standout week in terms of statistical production, his constant awareness around the puck causes opponents to key him allowing for production from others.  He had (3 G, 2 A) on the week.
Jack Gethings, Jr. Forward (Xavier)
It's hard to say Gethings is the Falcons' most talented player because of their impressive depth, but he's definitely their most consistent.  Gethings netted 5 points (2 G, 3 A) this week.
Andrew Meoli, Jr. Forward (Xavier)
Meoli has started to appear more and more on the Xavier scoresheet.  This week he pitched in with 5 points (3 G, 2 A) of his own. 
Jim Morrissey, Jr. Forward (West Haven)
Hansen's right hand man, the Batman to his Robin, had helpers on five goals this week. (0 G, 5 A).

FCIAC Tournament Standouts (only one QF was played for each of these players but they certainly made their presence known)

Brendan Hathaway, Sr. Forward (Darien)
The Wave leader potted a hat trick in Darien's 5-0 QF win over Stamford.
Vin Rella, Sr. Forward (Ridgefield)
The Tiger captain also added a hat trick in his team's QF round matchup, a 5-2 win over Trinity Catholic.
Harry Stanton, Jr. Forward (New Canaan)
The speedster Stanton knocked home 2 goals and added an assist on one more in the Rams' 4-2 win over Greenwich.
CK Keator, Sr. Forward (St. Joseph)
Keator scored twice and added an assist to propel the Cadets to a 5-1 win over Fairfield Warde-Ludlowe.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Players Who Stood Out (2/23)

By: Luke Devoe

PLAYERS WHO STOOD OUT (2/23): Will Stanton, Sr. (Xavier) & Jack Gethings, Jr. (Xavier) Both tallied one goal and two assists in Xavier's 7-3 win over West Haven.  Zach White, Jr. (Milford Co-op) Helped Milford top Fitch-EL-Ledyard 7-0 with three assists.  Nick Nuzzolo, Sr. (Amity) The Spartans' senior netminder stopped 33 of 35 shots to earn the win in Amity's 5-2 victory over North Branford.  Kevin Ryan, So. (Amity) Ryan helped the cause as well chipping in two goals in the win.  Demitri Yao, Jr. (Northwest Catholic) Yao scored twice and added an assist in NWC's 4-0 win over Suffield-Granby-WL.  Harry Stanton, Jr. (New Canaan) & Puck Richardson, Sr. (New Canaan) Stanton notched two goals and an assist while Richardson potted one goal and helped on two others guiding New Canaan to the FCIAC semi's in a 4-2 win over Greenwich.  Vin Rella, Sr. (Ridgefield) The Tiger captain paced Ridgefield in a 5-2 semifinal win over Trinity Catholic with a hat trick in the victory.  BJ Richard, Sr. (Newington-Berlin) The Indians leading scorer notched a hat trick in Newington-Berlin's 11-0 win over RMR.  Billy Vizzo, Jr. (NDWH) Vizzo continues to stand out factoring in on six of NDWH's seven goals with a hat trick and three assists.  Ryan Lynch, So. (NDWH) Vizzo's linemate, Lynch scored a goal and helped on three others in the NDWH victory.  David White, Sr. (Fairfield Prep) & Dean Lockery, Jr. (Fairfield Prep) White led Prep with two goals and two assists in their 7-3 win over rival Hamden.  Lockery chipped in with two goals and an assist in the victory.  Zac Bouve, Jr. (East Haven) The Yellow Jackets netminder stopped 36 of 39 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to Guilford.  Matt Horton, So. (Guilford) The sophomore scored two goals including the game winner in OT and added an assist in Guilford's 3-2 OT victory over East Haven.  Austin Hansen, Sr. (West Haven) Hansen factored in on all of the Westies' goals in their 7-3 loss to Xavier with two goals and an assist.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

CTHSHockey State & D2/D3 Top 10

February 20, 2013 (2/20-26)

By: Luke Devoe

State rankings still holds on to all D1 teams as the cluster of D2/D3 teams just gets more confusing.  D2/D3 poll has a new number one as Amity falls twice last week.  D2/D3 ranking could really be a Top 15 with the amount of quality teams playing at those ranks.  Glastonbury reenters state rankings after a real quality week and some excellent performances by goalie Chase Gabor. Darien stays in top three even after a bad loss to Prep after winning the FCIAC and handily beating fellow conference powers.  Strength of schedule allows St. Bernard-Bacon-NFA to eek into the D2/D3 rankings.

1. Fairfield Prep Jesuits (17-0-0)   LW- #1
LAST WEEK: Darien W 6-0, NDWH W 1-0, ND Fairfield W 2-1
THIS WEEK: 2/20 vs. Catholic Memorial (MA), 2/23 @ Hamden, 2/25 vs. East Haven

2.  Notre Dame-West Haven (13-3-0)   LW- #2
LAST WEEK: Fairfield Prep L 1-0, East Haven W 6-1
THIS WEEK: 2/20 @ ND Fairfield, 2/22 @ Bishop Hendricken (RI), 2/23 @ Cheshire, 2/26 vs. Hamden

3.   Darien Blue Wave (16-2-1)   LW- #3
LAST WEEK: Fairfield Prep L 6-0, Ridgefield W 6-3, Stamford W 2-1, New Canaan W 5-1
THIS WEEK: FCIAC Conference Tournament

4. St. Joseph Cadets (15-4-1)   LW- 7
LAST WEEK: Stamford W 7-3, Fairfield Coop W 2-1, Westhill W 11-3
THIS WEEK:  FCIAC Conference Tournament

5.  Xavier Falcons (9-6-2)   LW- #4
LAST WEEK: LaSalle Academy (RI) W 3-1
THIS WEEK: 2/20 @ North Haven, 2/23 @ West Haven, 2/27 @ ND Fairfield

6. Ridgefield Tigers (14-5-0)   LW- #5
LAST WEEK: Wilton W 5-4, Darien L 6-3
THIS WEEK: 2/20 @ Trumbull, FCIAC Conference Tournament

7.New Canaan Rams (12-5-2)   LW- 8
LAST WEEK: Staples-Weston-Shelton W 6-3, Fairfield Coop W 7-0, Trumbull W 9-1, Darien L 5-1
THIS WEEK: 2/21 @ ND Fairfield, FCIAC Conference Tournament

8. Glastonbury Tomahawks (12-5-0)   LW- NR
LAST WEEK: ND Fairfield W 2-0, Branford W 5-2
THIS WEEK: 2/20 vs. Simsbury, 2/23 vs. South Windsor, 2/25 vs. NW Catholic

9. Notre Dame-Fairfield Lancers (9-7-0)   LW- 6
LAST WEEK: South Windsor W 6-1, Glastonbury L 2-0, Fairfield Prep L 2-1
THIS WEEK: 2/20 vs. NDWH, 2/21 vs. New Canaan, 2/23 @ Newtown, 2/27 vs. Xavier

10. Hamden Green Dragons (7-7-2)   LW- #10
LAST WEEK: West Haven T 3-3
THIS WEEK: 2/20 vs. Mount St. Charles (RI), 2/21 vs. East Haven, 2/23 vs. Fairfield Prep, 2/26 @ NDWH, 2/27 @ South Windsor

ON THE BUBBLE: Newington-Berlin (D3), Greenwich (D1), Amity (D2)
DROPPED OUT: Simsbury (9)

CTHSHockey's Mid-Major D2/D3 Top 10
1. Newington-Berlin (12-2-2) D3    LW- 3
2. Amity (12-5-0)- D2    LW- 1
3. Watertown-Pomperaug (13-4-0) D2    LW- 7
4. Bolton-Coventry-Rockville (14-1-2) D3    LW- 5
5.East Catholic (12-4-0)- D2    LW- 4
6. Brookfield-Bethel-Danbury (11-5-1)- D2    LW- 6
7. Northwest Catholic (11-5-0)- D2    LW- 2
8. Milford (10-7-0) D2    LW- NR
9. Branford (9-6-2) D2    LW- 8
10. St. Bernard-Bacon-NFA (8-9-0) D3    LW- NR

ON THE BUBBLE: Guilford (9-6-2), Daniel Hand (8-5-3), New Milford (11-5-1), North Branford (11-5-1)
DROPPED OUT: New Milford (9), North Branford (10)